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Windows 10 Mobile
With Windows 10, you can quickly upgrade from one edition of Windows 10 to another, as long as the upgrade path is supported. For information on which edition of Windows 10 is right for you, see Compare Windows 10 editions . For a complete list of all possible upgrade paths for Windows 10, see Windows 10 Upgrade Paths . Downgrade for Windows Edition is explained in the License Expiration Date section of this page.

For a list of operating systems that qualify for the Windows 10 Pro upgrade or Windows 10 Enterprise upgrade through Microsoft Volume Licensing, see Qualifying Windows 10 operating systems .

The following table contains the methods and paths available to change the edition of Windows 10 that is running on your computer. Note: The upgrade requirement from Pro to Enterprise has been removed in version 1607.

Note Although editionsupgrade is not yet displayed in the table, use the editionsupgrade policy in System Center Configuration Manager.

Unsupported(X) = not supported
Supported, restart required(green checkmark) = supported, restart required
Supported, no reboot required(blue checkmark) = supported, no reboot required

Edition upgrade
  Using Mobile Device Management (MDM) Use a deployment package Using a command-line tool Use Microsoft Store for Business or PC Manual entry of a product key Purchase a license from the Microsoft Store
Home> Pro unsupported unsupported unsupported unsupported supported, restart required supported, restart required
Home> Pro for Workstations unsupported unsupported unsupported unsupported supported, restart required supported, restart required
Home> Pro Education supported, restart required supported, restart required supported, restart required unsupported supported, restart required unsupported
Home> Education supported, restart required supported, restart required supported, restart required unsupported supported, restart required unsupported
Pro> Pro for workstations supported, no reboot supported, no reboot supported, no reboot supported, no reboot
(MSFB) supported, no reboot supported, no reboot
Pro> Pro Education supported, no reboot supported, no reboot supported, no reboot supported, no reboot
(MSFB) supported, no reboot unsupported
Pro> Education supported, restart required supported, restart required supported, restart required supported, restart required
(MSFB) supported, restart required unsupported
Pro> Enterprise supported, no reboot supported, no reboot supported, no reboot supported, no reboot
(1703 – PC)
(1709 – MSfB) supported, no reboot unsupported
Pro for Workstations> Pro Education supported, no reboot supported, no reboot supported, no reboot supported, no reboot
(MSFB) supported, no reboot unsupported
Pro for Workstations> Education supported, restart required supported, restart required supported, restart required supported, restart required
(MSFB) supported, restart required unsupported
Pro for workstations> Enterprise supported, no reboot supported, no reboot supported, no reboot supported, no reboot
(1703 – PC)
(1709 – MSfB) supported, no reboot unsupported
Pro Education> Education supported, restart required supported, restart required supported, restart required supported, restart required
(MSFB) supported, restart required unsupported
Enterprise> Education supported, restart required supported, restart required supported, restart required supported, restart required
(MSFB) supported, restart required unsupported
Mobile> Mobile Enterprise supported, no reboot supported, no reboot unsupported

 Note:

For upgrade paths in Windows 10 in S mode (for Pro or Education), see Windows 10 Pro / Enterprise in S mode
For every desktop edition in the table there is also an N and a KN SKU. These editions have removed media-related features. Devices with N or KN SKUs installed can be upgraded to the corresponding N or KN SKUs using the same methods.
Due to naming changes, the term LTSB may still appear in some products. This name will be changed in subsequent feature updates in LTSC.
Upgrading with Mobile Device Management (MDM)
To upgrade desktop editions of Windows 10 with MDM, you must enter the product key for the updated edition in the Upgrade Edition With Product Key policy setting of Windows Licensing CSP. For more information, see Windows Licensing CSP .

To upgrade mobile editions of Windows 10 with MDM, you must specify the updated edition product key in the upgrade edition with license policy setting of Windows Licensing CSP. For more information, see Windows Licensing CSP .

Upgrade with a deployment package
Use Windows Configuration Designer to create a deployment package for upgrading a Desktop Edition or Mobile Edition of Windows 10. Getting started: Install Windows Configuration Designer from the Microsoft Store .

To create a Windows 10 desktop edition upgrade deployment package, go to Runtime Settings> Edition Upgrade> Upgrade Edition With Product Key in the Available Customizations in Windows ICD and enter the product key for the updated edition.

To create a Windows 10 mobile edition upgrade package, go to Runtime Settings> Edition Upgrade> Upgrade Edition Withlicensey in the Available Customizations in Windows ICD, and then give the product the key for the updated edition.

For more information about Windows Configuration Designer, see the following topics:

Create a deployment package for Windows 10
Apply a deployment package
Upgrade using a command-line tool
You can run the changepk.exe command-line tool to upgrade devices to a supported version of Windows 10:

changepk.exe /ProductKey <enter your new product key here>

You can also upgrade using slmgr.vbs and a KMS client setup key . For example, the following command upgrades to Windows10 Enterprise.

Cscript.exe c:windowssystem32slmgr.vbs /ipk NPPR9-FWDCX-D2C8J-H872K-2YT43

Upgrade by manually entering a product key
If you update only a few devices, you can manually enter a product key for the updated edition.

To enter a product key manually

From the Start menu or the Home screen, enter Activation and click the activation link.

Click Change Product Key .

Enter your product key.

Follow the instructions on the screen.

Upgrade by purchasing a license in the Microsoft Store
If you do not have a product key, you can upgrade your edition of Windows 10 through the Microsoft Store.

To upgrade through the Microsoft Store

From the Start menu or the Home screen, enter “Activation” and click on the activation link.

Click Go to Store .

Follow the instructions on the screen.

Note
If you are using a Windows 10 Home N or Windows 10 Home KN and are not matching the appropriate upgrade in the Microsoft Store, click here .

Expiration date of the license
To change the edition of Windows 10 in an edition with an active license, you must have Volume Licensing customers whose license has expired. Switch to a demoted edition of Windows 10 is possible with the same methods that upgrade an edition. If the downgrade path is supported, then you can migrate your apps and settings from the current edition. If a path is not supported, reinstallation is required.

Downgrading from any edition of Windows 10 to Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 is not supported by entering a different product key. Also, you can not downgrade from a later version to an earlier version of the same edition (such as Windows 10 Pro 1709 to 1703) without rollback. This topic does not cover version downgrades.

Note: If you are using Windows 10 Enterprise Edition and a license expires, devices will automatically revert to the original edition when the deadline expires.

Scenario Example
Downgrading Enterprise

Original Edition: Professional OEM
Upgrade Edition: Enterprise
Valid downgrade paths: Pro, Pro for Workstations, Pro Education, Education
You can move directly to all valid target editions via Enterprise. In this example, downgrading to Pro for Workstations or Pro Education, Education requires an additional activation key to prioritize the firmware embedded Pro-Key. In all cases, you must comply with Microsoft license terms . If you are a Volume License customer, see the Microsoft Volume Licensing Reference Guide .

Supported Windows 10 downgrade paths
? = Supported downgrade path
 S = supported. Not as a downgrade or upgrade
[blank] = not supported or no downgrade

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