How To Go From Windows 10 Pro to Windows 10 Home

How To Go From Windows 10 Pro to Windows 10 Home

Are you looking to downgrade from Windows 10 Pro to Windows 10 Home?

Downgrading your operating system can be a daunting task, but with the right information and guidance, it doesn’t have to be.

In this article, we will provide step-by-step instructions on how to go from Windows 10 Pro to Home.

We will also discuss some of the benefits of downgrading as well as any potential drawbacks or risks that could come along with it.

By the end of this guide, you should have all the information and resources necessary for a successful upgrade.

So let’s get started!

Let’s compare the two versions first..

Windows 10 Pro vs Home

 It can be confusing to try and figure out which one is right for your needs, so let’s take a look at the differences between Windows 10 Pro and Home. 

The main difference between Windows 10 Pro and Home is their feature sets.

The Pro version has more features than the Home version. For instance, both versions allow users to install apps from the Microsoft Store.

Windows 10 Pro offers access to a secure business store where IT managers can control what apps are installed on their networks.

Additionally, Pro offers users more control over how their devices connect to other computers on the same network with its advanced networking features. 

On top of this, Windows 10 Pro also provides users with access to several security-focused tools such as BitLocker encryption for data protection and Credential Guard for stronger authentication processes.

Plus, it includes an enterprise data protection tool that helps organizations protect confidential information from accidental loss or hackers.

Finally, Windows 10 Pro offers additional language support as well as remote desktop capabilities so that users can access their PCs from another location if need be. 

When it comes to pricing, Windows 10 Home typically costs less than its Professional counterpart because it has fewer features and lacks some of the security-focused tools found in the latter.

That said, Windows 10 Pro does offer more control over how your device connects to other computers on your network and provides better data protection measures compared to the Home edition; thus making it ideal for businesses with more complex requirements. 

Now, most home users do not need the above-listed features of Windows 10 Pro, so here’s the easiest way to downgrade to Windows 10 Home.

Let’s dig deeper on how to go from Windows 10 Pro to Home..

If you’re looking to downgrade from Windows 10 Pro, the trick is in your Registry Editor!

Make sure to switch up both the edition ID and Product name of Windows 10 Pro before utilizing the Media Creation Tool for a clean install.

To modify a Windows 10 computer’s registry, enter “regedit” into the command prompt. Once the editor has opened, select HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and browse directly to the software directory.

You will then see several folders; select one labeled “Microsoft” and locate within it the folder labeled “Windows NT”.

Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion

Here you can locate your current Edition ID (Windows 10 Pro)and Name but can easily make changes as needed. Rename them to Windows 10 Home.

With only a few clicks of your mouse, you can change Pro Editions to Home for either individual users or all users of the system

Then, go to the following path, and then repeat the same process as above to change the value data of ProductName and EditionID,

and save changes.

Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion

Now, simply use the Media Creation Tool to downgrade your Windows 10 Pro to Windows 10:

Once you have downloaded the tool, open it on your computer and follow the steps for setting up your upgrade.

You will be asked to accept the license terms and conditions and then choose whether or not you want to create a bootable USB drive or download an ISO file (We prefer using the ISO file method)

Once you have made your selection, click “Next” to begin the process of upgrading your computer. 

After that, you will need to select which version of Windows 10 (select Windows 10 Home here) you would like to install on your computer.

Click “Next” again and the installation process will begin automatically.

The entire process should take no more than 20 minutes depending on your internet connection speed and the size of the files being installed on your device. 

Once the installation is complete, restarting your computer is important so that all changes can be applied correctly.

When restarted, go ahead and configure any settings or preferences that are necessary before beginning regular use with Windows 10 installed on it. 

Conclusion

Downgrading from Windows 10 Pro to Home is a relatively simple process that requires making changes in the registry editor and then using the media creation tool.

Although it may take some time, following these steps will ensure you have successfully downgraded your computer while maintaining important security measures that come with having Windows 10 installed on your device.

With this knowledge now at hand, anyone can make the switch between editions of Windows 10 without any difficulty or confusion.

So if you’re looking for more personal control over how your device connects or better data protection capabilities, consider switching from Windows 10 Pro to Home today!

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Author:
I am a computer engineer holding a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, complemented by a Master's in Business Administration from University of Strathclyde, Scotland. I currently work as a Senior IT Consultant in Melbourne, Australia. With over 15 years of...