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I have the following problem:

  1. I had a Windows 10 Pro license on a laptop that burned down;
  2. I bought a new laptop that came with Windows 10 Home;
  3. I upgraded from Windows 10 Home to Windows 11 Insider (Home).

 

How can I get my Pro license back without downgrading to Windows 10?

 

I lost the key. The license is linked to my email.

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best response confirmed by angelobio (New Contributor)
Solution

@angelobio 

Hi,

If the license is linked to your Email, which should be your Microsoft account, then sign into Windows 11 with your Microsoft account (if you haven't already),

if Windows doesn't activate automatically,

 

use this command in an elevated PowerShell (run as admin):

 

Changepk.exe /ProductKey VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T

 

that's the generic key for Windows editions, you can use the generic keys to change editions of your Windows if you have already a license in your Microsoft account.

source:

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/95922-generic-product-keys-install-windows-10-editions.html

 

after using that, your edition should change to pro. you can check it by going to settings => system => activation

 

if the Windows says not activated, use the troubleshooter and when you see an option "I changed hardware on this device recently", use that to reactive your Windows.

 

you might not need to go through the last option.