Unable to select Windows 10 pro edition during a clean install

Today we are going to cover another annoying problem that many users are encountering while installing Windows 10 operating system on their computers.

Let’s talk about a clean install of Windows 10. Many people like me prefer to perform a clean install of new versions of Windows so that they can have a clean install of Windows and user experience without any problems or residual files.

Related: Download ISO Windows 10 Pro / Home

However, many customers are claiming that during the clean install, they are unable to choose which edition of Windows 10 they want to install. Without offering you the opportunity to choose between Pro and Home editions, Windows 10 installs Windows 10 Core (or Home edition) on your machine by default.

In fact, as seen in the accompanying screenshot, the Windows 10 installation should prompt customers to select an edition type (Home, Single Language, Education, Pro, etc.) at the time of installation:

But when a user is trying to cleanly install Windows 10, they are unable to select the edition type at installation time.


Currently the Windows 10 configuration automatically detects the type of edition of versions of Windows previously installed on your computer and then installs the corresponding edition of Windows 10. For example, if you had Windows 7 Home or Windows 8 / 8.1 Core installed on your computer Previously, Windows 10 setup will automatically install Windows 10 Core (Home) on your computer.

Another thing! If your computer originally came with the Core or Home editions of Windows 7/8 / 8.1 and you forcibly upgraded it to the Pro edition of Windows 10 when it was released, and now you are trying to do a clean install of a version of Windows 10 newer, however, will install Windows 10 Core (Home) as it the product key will be detected

preserved in the BIOS, which is clearly related with a previous version of Windows’ Core or Home edition.


The solution would be to force the installation of Windows 10 to offer a selection screen in which we can choose between the Core (Home) or Pro editions of Windows 10 or force Windows 10 to automatically install the Pro edition on our computer.

Please keep in mind that if you have a product key for Windows 7/8/8.1 Core or Home edition and have already activated the Core edition, you will not be able to activate the Home edition. 10 on your computer and now you are trying to install the Pro edition of Windows 10 This will not activate after installation because your computer’s hardware ID is associated with Windows 10 Core (Home).

We can force the Windows 10 installation to install our desired edition of Windows 10 by adding a new file “ei.cfg” in the ISO image of the Windows 10 configuration. This file tells the Windows installation which edition of Windows it must be installed on the computer.

If you remember a long time ago when Windows 7 was launched we were talking about something similar. The Windows 7 installation also installed the appropriate edition on the PCs without offering users the choice to choose the edition they wanted.The solution was to delete the “ei.cfg” file from the Windows 7 installation ISO file:

Now we are going to use the same file “ei.cfg” to force the Windows 10 configuration to install the pro edition on our computer instead of the Core (Home).

The Windows 10 configuration ISO file does not contain the “ei.cfg” file so we will have to create the file manually and configure its content to install the Pro edition. See the following steps to install the Pro edition of Windows 10 on your computer. :


First of all, we must extract the contents of the Windows 10 configuration ISO file. You can extract it using 7-Zip. It will take some time to extract the entire ISO file.


Now open notepad and copy / paste the following code:





You can also completely skip the [EditionID] part in the “ei.cfg” file so that Windows 10 setup will ask you to choose the desired edition at clean install time.



Now we save the file with the name “ei.cfg” (use the double quotes “” while saving the file or else the notepad will create a text file with the name ei.cfg.txt).


Now copy the “ei.cfg” file and paste it into the Sources folder of the Windows 10 configuration folder that you get after extracting the ISO file using 7-ZIP.


Now you can create a bootable USB Pendrive or burn the files to a DVD and install Windows 10 Pro without any problem.

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