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Unlocking Advanced Security and Management Features with Windows 10 Pro Install

In today’s digital world, ensuring the security and efficient management of your operating system is of paramount importance. With a Windows 10 Pro install, you gain access to advanced features that take your system’s security and management capabilities to the next level. In this article, we will explore these features in detail and discuss how they can benefit both individuals and businesses.

Enhanced Security Measures for Peace of Mind

One of the key advantages of a Windows 10 Pro install is the enhanced security measures it provides. With this version of Windows, you can take advantage of features such as BitLocker encryption, which allows you to protect your data by encrypting it at the drive level. This ensures that even if your device falls into the wrong hands, your sensitive information remains secure.

Furthermore, Windows 10 Pro offers advanced threat protection through its built-in Windows Defender Antivirus. This powerful tool uses real-time scanning and machine learning algorithms to detect and block malware, viruses, and other malicious software. With regular updates from Microsoft, you can rest assured that your system is equipped with the latest defense mechanisms against emerging threats.

Streamlined Management for Increased Efficiency

Windows 10 Pro also caters to the needs of businesses by offering streamlined management features that allow for increased efficiency. One such feature is the ability to join a domain or Azure Active Directory (AAD), which enables businesses to centralize user account management across their network. This simplifies user administration tasks such as password resets and access control.

Additionally, with Windows 10 Pro, administrators can take advantage of Group Policy management capabilities. This allows them to define specific configurations for user accounts or devices within their organization. By leveraging Group Policy settings, administrators can ensure consistent settings across multiple devices without having to manually configure each one individually.

Remote Desktop Access for Flexibility

Another valuable feature offered by a Windows 10 Pro install is the ability to remotely access your desktop. This is particularly useful for businesses that have remote workers or IT professionals who need to troubleshoot issues on employees’ devices. With Remote Desktop, you can securely connect to your desktop from any location, allowing you to access files and applications as if you were physically present at your workstation.

Remote Desktop also enables collaboration by allowing multiple users to connect simultaneously to a single desktop. This feature promotes teamwork and flexibility, as it allows team members to work together on projects regardless of their physical location. Furthermore, with Remote Desktop Gateway, you can establish secure connections over the internet without the need for a VPN.

Compatibility with Legacy Applications

Lastly, a Windows 10 Pro install ensures compatibility with legacy applications that may be essential for some businesses. The Windows 10 Pro operating system includes a built-in feature called Hyper-V that allows you to create virtual machines (VMs). These VMs can run older versions of Windows or other operating systems, allowing you to continue using legacy applications without compromising system security or stability.

This compatibility feature eliminates the need for separate hardware or complicated workarounds when dealing with legacy software. It provides a cost-effective solution for businesses that rely on older applications while still benefiting from the advanced security and management features of Windows 10 Pro.

In conclusion, a Windows 10 Pro install unlocks advanced security measures and streamlined management capabilities that are essential in today’s digital landscape. From enhanced encryption and threat protection to simplified user administration and remote desktop access, this version of Windows offers a comprehensive solution for individuals and businesses alike. Moreover, its compatibility with legacy applications ensures smooth transitions while maintaining system integrity. Upgrade to Windows 10 Pro today and experience the true power of advanced security and efficient management features.

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[Guide] Clean Install Windows 10 on Spectre X360 (No AHCI)

I was trying to install Windows 10 Education on my 2020 Spectre X360 14 (which is preloaded with Windows 10 Home), and I realized there’s a few things to watch out for to make your reinstallation successful — particularly a lack of AHCI mode preventing the installer from seeing the internal SSD. Here’s how you can do it.

These steps are based on the Spectre X360 14 but should also apply to similar HP laptops.

  • Before beginning the installation, make sure you’ve backed up all your files and plugged in your laptop’s charger.
  • Create an install USB using Microsoft’s Media Creation Tool .
  • If you’re switching Windows editions, put this ei.cfg file in the \Sources\ folder of your install USB, so that the installer will ask you which Windows edition to install.
  • Go to HP’s driver page . Under the Driver-Storage  category, download the Intel Rapid Storage Technology Driver .

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  • Go through the installer. It should unpack some files to C:\SWSetup\SP******.

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  • Copy the “ dchu_VMD ” folder to the root folder of your install USB (ESD-USB).
  • Turn off the laptop.
  • Turn on the laptop and immediately press the ESC key. You should see a menu of options.
  • Press F9 to go to the Boot Menu.

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  • Proceed through the installer. As of April 2021, the touchscreen and trackpad don’t work in the installer. You can plug in a USB mouse or use the arrow keys, tab and shift-tab, and enter, to navigate the menus.
  • If it asks you for a product key, you can choose “I don’t have a product key” and activate later.

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  • Windows will now install and reboot into the setup wizard.
  • If you want to avoid setting up Windows using a Microsoft account, click “I don’t have internet” when it asks to connect to a network.
  • After going through the setup, connect to the internet and run Windows Update in Settings, to get necessary drivers (including touchscreen and trackpad). Hint: if you don’t have a USB mouse, you can get to this setting from the Start Menu by using the keyboard keys I mentioned.

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I have an HP Pavilion x360 that came pre-installed with Windows 10 Home and was trying to clean install Windows 10 Pro, but I kept running into these exact problems which were extremely annoying. I’ve never had problems like this with installing Windows on any other computer, but your instructions …  Read more »


Thanks Brad. That solved the problem immediately! I first tried the regular Intel RST driver, before finding your guide, which let to an unbootable device, but forgot that the drivers are often adapted by the manufacturer.


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HP Spectre X360 cant update to Windows 10 PRO

I bought a brand new HP Spectre X360 laptop with the Skylake intel processor preloaded with Windows 10 Home.

I wiped all the drives and installed Windows 8 Pro since I have a product key that I had bought.

But when I upgrade to Windows 10 it switches to Windows 10 Home and not Pro.

I have tried after deleting all partitions to avoid any product key being pulled in that is Windows 10 Home.

After installing Windows 8 Pro I used the USB key method to install Windows 10, which reverted to the Home version.

Is there any way around this?

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Then I'd make the single version Pro installation media at Create Windows 10 Installation Media .

With the latest version media you can boot the media to do a preferred Clean Reinstall Windows 10 Upgrade/Factory OEM deleting all partitions to get it cleanest.  This media will allow directly activating with the Windows 8 or 8.1 Product Key, even if embedded.  See Activation in Windows 10 - Windows Help .

But if you prefer to run an in-place Upgrade the media must be opened in Windows 7/8.1, then right click Setup file to Run as Administrator. 

  If asked do not insert a Product Key at any time, click Skip, Next or Do this later.  

If you want to   maximize chances for a successful Upgrade, then choose to Save Nothing so the Upgrade has much less to choke on and has less problems after install.  Make sure your files are backed up separately and you have your program installers and any Product Keys for programs like Office.

To improve the Upgrade's chances turn off everything at Startup:

Type msconfig in Start Search box, right click System Config Utility to Run as Administrator.  In Startup and Services tabs after making sure to Hide all MS Services disable everything except anti-virus, any synch, stickies, printer using scan.

Uninstall any anti-virus except Defender.  Bloated AV's like Norton, McAfee, AVG and Avast need to have special Uninstallers (removal tools) for common antivirus software - ESET Knowledgebase .

It’s highly recommended to Create a backup System Image  of your existing OS before upgrading, which can be recovered using the booted Windows installation media, Repair CD  or Recovery flash drive in 20 minutes.   Type Backup in Start Search box, in Backup and Recovery Center choose Create a System Image.  You can also use a more flexible imaging program like free Macrium Imaging  which allows recovery to any partition position on the hard drive.

Immediately after install , type Update in Start Search box to Check for Updates, expedite these through requested restart, then check again until no more are offered. 

Next right click Start button to open Device Manager, import any drivers still missing from the PC or Device's Support Downloads webpage.  How to: Install and Update drivers in Windows 10 - Microsoft Community

Stick with built-in Defender in Windows 10 for best performance and adequate protection.  If you get infected add the inexpensive Real Time protection from the best-in-class free malware scanner Malwarebytes . No one I’ve had do this has ever been infected again.  I'd also periodically scan with free Malwarebytes and   AdwCleaner   scanners.

Feel free to ask back any questions and keep us posted on how it goes.

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thanks for for the reply on a Friday evening!

HP support wanted me to wait 60 min on hold for this 2 week old machine with 2 years of added "premium" support.

i will reinstall win 8 Pro and go to that link to create the Pro only Win 10 media and try.

will report back!

OK the Windows 8 Pro key I have did not let me upgrade from build 1511 in the change windows key area.

I guess I will try your first suggestion.

Just so you know where I got the key.

I got it at a Microsoft event for free inside a small folded card.

I know its good since I have received about 5 of these and all the others have worked in the past.

Are you sure the key is for Windows 8 Pro?  Have you confirmed this on the card it came with and also in the Computer Properties of the Windows 8 install? 

If you installed version 1511 for the correct version then it should accept the Windows 8 key. 

MS updated the Activation improvements for 1511 here:  Activation in Windows 10 - Windows Help

But there is much more detailed information in Andre's Wiki here:  How to install and activate Windows 10 using your Windows 7 or Windows - Microsoft Community

Greg here is a picture of where I got the key.

I am now going to 8.1 since all the literature talks about Win 7 and win8.1 not 8.

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Attaching picture of what I installed with my key, and its activated.

But trying from USB media by right clicking and choosing Admin install I get the second screenshot which tells me its installing home version of Win10 since it says Im installing a version of Windows different from the current one.

Will try to do the Upgrade button now from your link.

If this doesn't work Im wiping the machine and installing El Capitan!

Actually will just return this **** HP and go back to my beloved Dell.

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If you're sure you're using the Pro installation media then it's some kind of bug. 

By far the most problems in Upgrade have been with HP which has the worst load of bloatware in the industry, including a dozen utilities that duplicate and interfere with better versions built into Windows.  These need to be either disabled at Startup or uninstalled before Upgrade but even then an HP Factory Install has already lost about 20-30% performance which is never regained until it is Clean Reinstalled - which is why no tech enthusiast would run a Factory Install. 

For this reason alone, I'd do the preferred Clean Reinstall Windows 10 Upgrade  which now allows activating directly with your Windows 8 Product Key as specified in the just-added section about Version 1511 new activation feature in Activation in Windows 10 - Windows Help .

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Thanks for your efforts to help.

In the picture above I show Windows 8.1 Pro installed on the machine in question.

I can make mistakes but the screenshot does not lie.

I am returning this thing since the support from HP is complete ****.

I have tried to address this with them but its pointless.

Back it goes.


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