Update your Windows 10 Home or Professional Install to Education

Last modified: November 25, 2019


If you are a faculty or staff member at the University and your department has purchased a new computer for your OU related work, you may update this machine to Windows 10 Education. This domain capable operating system is the Windows 10 edition which OU IT officially supports for OU machines, replacing Enterprise which was used in previous Windows releases.

Total Replacement Installs

Currently a stand alone version of Windows 10 Education is available for purchase through http://downloads.ou.edu. To access the free version of Windows 10 Education which utilizes the OU license server for authentication, please visit https://customapps.ou.edu/studio/itstore/Download. Both the stand alone and license server versions of Windows 10 which you may download will wipe your data and require a new install of Windows 10 Education to proceed.

In Place Upgrade

One other option is to launch the Change Product Key option, which should allow one to begin the Windows 10 Education change from within Windows itself. This “in place” upgrade of Windows 10 will allow one to retain their programs, files and settings from their previous installation of Windows 10. If you wish to update your Windows 10 Home or Professional to Windows 10 Education, please try the following. Though this process should keep your files and settings, OU IT strongly recommends one back up any important data to an external drive to be safe. Also note that the Windows 10 Education license requires contact with the OU license server, so OU network access is required via OU wired or wireless while on campus, or OU VPN while off campus.

  1. To begin, click on the Notification icon in the lower right hand corner of your Taskbar and select All Settings.
  2. Now select Update & Security.
  3. Now select Activation.
  4. Next click Change Product Key. If you receive a prompt asking if you wish to allow the app to make changes to your computer, select Yes.
  5. Enter in the following KMS Client Setup Key for default Windows 10 Education installations.
  6. If the key is accepted, you should receive a “Upgrade your edition of Windows” screen. Click to Start Upgrade. This may take anywhere from 20-60 minutes to complete as your computer downloads the needed files and performs the in place upgrade.
  7. As this update processes, you may be asked to reboot your computer. Please follow any on-screen prompts during this time.
  8. When it completes, you should receive a “Edition upgrade completed” message. You may now click Close.
  9. Your computer is now be updated to Windows 10 Education, however you must now point it to the OU Windows 10 Education license server.
  10. To set the server, please make sure you are logged into an Admin account on your computer. Click on your Start button and search for Command Prompt. Now select the Command Prompt desktop app. Alternately you may have to right click and select “Run as administrator”.
  11. On the window which opens, enter the following and then hit enter:
    • slmgr /skms s2-mslicensing.net.ou.edu
  12. A window should now appear reporting that the Key Management Service has been set to the path you specified. Click OK.
  13. Finally enter the following:
    • slmgr /ato
  14. Windows 10 Education should now be activated and pointed to the University license servers. You may now click OK.


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