[SOLVED] Can i do a fresh Windows 10 Pro install, and STILL keep my files?

nikospc

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Hello,

Can I install a Fresh copy of Windows 10 Pro on my existing Windows 10 Home, and still keep my files the way they are? Programs? Shortcuts??

Thank You,
Nick
 

USAFRet

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Hello,

Can I install a Fresh copy of Windows 10 Pro on my existing Windows 10 Home, and still keep my files the way they are? Programs? Shortcuts??

Thank You,
Nick
No.

A fresh install is just that....fresh.
Everything on that drive gets wiped out.


Assuming you have a valid Win 10 Pro license, you can Upgrade your current Home to Pro. No fresh install needed.
 

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There's a way to freshen W10 to all new system files and keep your applications and files but that's not gonna help with license.
It's called "In place upgrade" https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/all/how-to-perform-an-in-place-upgrade-with-windows-10/7f0b236e-3c6c-4913-9691-c4baa2a6190a?auth=1
When you upgrade from Home to Pro, only difference is license, all files are already there.
Right.
To go from Home to Pro, all you need to do is input a valid Pro license.
Key word "valid".
 
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If you have your necessary files in a different drive other than C drive you can go to reset option and from there opt for online installation (it'll install fresh windows 10 from Microsoft server). I personally use a flash drive to create installer with media creation tool (ocd XD) and wipe everything when the option comes.
 

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