Override Windows Installation version

Last updated on May 2nd, 2018 at 03:48 pm

STEP 1:

First of all we’ll need to extract the content of Windows 10 setup ISO file or just open an already prepared USB installation drive

STEP 2:

Now open Notepad and copy/paste following piece of code inside:

[EditionID]
Professional
[Channel]
Retail

Create_EI_CFG_File_Windows_10.png

You can also totally skip the [EditionID] part in the “ei.cfg” file so that Windows 10 setup asks you to choose desired edition at the time of clean installation:

[Channel]
Retail

Now save the file with the name “ei.cfg” (use the double-quotes “” while saving the file otherwise Notepad will create a text file with the name ei.cfg.txt).

STEP 3:

Now copy the “ei.cfg” file and paste it into Sources folder of Windows 10 setup folder which you got after extracting ISO file.

 

STEP 4:

Open up notepad and type in the following:

[PID]
Value=Key

Where key is your retail key in the form xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx or the generic keys above. e.g.

Ignore the EI.cfg its not requires with the up to date .iso which are Edition locked. Inputting the PID actually Edition locks the older .iso anyway.

In the sources folder copy both the PID.txt:

STEP 5:

Now you can create bootable USB drive or burn the files to a DVD and install Windows 10 Pro edition without any problem or just eject the prepared USB drive with the files inside.

Run again the installation from USB drive

Enjoy 🙂