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Starting with Windows 10, version 1703 Windows 10 Pro supports the Subscription Activation feature, enabling users khổng lồ “step-up” from Windows 10 Pro lớn Windows 10 Enterprise automatically if they are subscribed to lớn Windows 10 Enterprise E3 or E5.

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With Windows 10, version 1903 the Subscription Activation feature also supports the ability khổng lồ step-up from Windows 10 Pro Education khổng lồ the Enterprise grade edition for educational institutions—Windows 10 Education.

The Subscription Activation feature eliminates the need khổng lồ manually deploy Windows 10 Enterprise or Education images on each target device, then later standing up on-prem key management services such as KMS or MAK based activation, entering GVLKs, và subsequently rebooting client devices.

Subscription Activation for Windows 10 Enterprise

With Windows 10, version 1703 both Windows 10 Enterprise E3 và Windows 10 Enterprise E5 are available as online services via subscription. Deploying Windows 10 Enterprise in your organization can now be accomplished with no keys & no reboots.

If you are running Windows 10, version 1703 or later:

Devices with a current Windows 10 Pro license can be seamlessly upgraded lớn Windows 10 Enterprise.Product key-based Windows 10 Enterprise software licenses can be transitioned khổng lồ Windows 10 Enterprise subscriptions.

Organizations that have an Enterprise agreement can also benefit from the new service, using traditional Active Directory-joined devices. In this scenario, the Active sầu Directory user that signs in on their device must be synchronized with Azure AD using Azure AD Connect Sync.

Subscription Activation for Windows 10 Education

Subscription Activation for Education works the same as the Enterprise version, but in order khổng lồ use Subscription Activation for Education, you must have a device running Windows 10 Pro Education, version 1903 or later và an active subscription plan with a Windows 10 Enterprise license. For more information, see the requirements section.

Summary

For information on how to lớn deploy Windows 10 Enterprise licenses, see Deploy Windows 10 Enterprise licenses.

Inherited Activation

Inherited Activation is a new feature available in Windows 10, version 1803 that allows Windows 10 virtual machines to inherit activation state from their Windows 10 host.

When a user with Windows 10 E3/E5 or A3/A5 license assigned creates a new Windows 10 virtual machine (VM) using a Windows 10 local host, the VM inherits the activation state from a host machine independent of whether user signs on with a local tài khoản or using an Azure Active sầu Directory (AAD) tài khoản on a VM.

To support Inherited Activation, both the host computer and the VM must be running Windows 10, version 1803 or later.

The evolution of deployment

The original version of this section can be found at Changing between Windows SKUs.

The following figure illustrates how deploying Windows 10 has evolved with each release. With this release, deployment is automatic.

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Windows 7 required you to redeploy the operating system using a full wipe-and-load process if you wanted khổng lồ change from Windows 7 Professional khổng lồ Windows 10 Enterprise.

Windows 8.1 added support for a Windows 8.1 Pro to Windows 8.1 Enterprise in-place upgrade (considered a “repair upgrade” because the OS version was the same before and after). This was a lot easier than wipe-and-load, but it was still time-consuming.

Windows 10, version 1507 added the ability to install a new sản phẩm key using a provisioning package or using MDM lớn change the SKU. This required a reboot, which would install the new OS components, và took several minutes lớn complete. However, it was a lot quicker than in-place upgrade.

Windows 10, version 1607 made a big leap forward. Now you can just change the product key and the SKU instantly changes from Windows 10 Pro to lớn Windows 10 Enterprise. In addition to lớn provisioning packages và MDM, you can just inject a key using SLMGR.VBS (which injects the key inlớn WMI), so it became trivial to lớn vì chưng this using a comm& line.

Windows 10, version 1703 made this “step-up” from Windows 10 Pro lớn Windows 10 Enterprise automatic for those that subscribed to lớn Windows 10 Enterprise E3 or E5 via the CSPhường program.

Windows 10, version 1709 adds support for Windows 10 Subscription Activation, very similar lớn the CSPhường tư vấn but for large enterprises, enabling the use of Azure AD for assigning licenses to lớn users. When those users sign in on an AD or Azure AD-joined machine, it automatically steps up from Windows 10 Pro to Windows 10 Enterprise.

Windows 10, version 1903 updates Windows 10 Subscription Activation to enable step up from Windows 10 Pro Education lớn Windows 10 Education for those with a qualifying Windows 10 or hoiquanzen.com 365 subscription.

Requirements

Windows 10 Enterprise requirements


Note

The following requirements vày not apply to general Windows 10 activation on Azure. Azure activation requires a connection to lớn Azure KMS only, & supports workgroup, Hybrid, & Azure AD-joined VMs. In most scenarquả táo, activation of Azure VMs happens automatically. For more information, see Understanding Azure KMS endpoints for Windows hàng hóa activation of Azure Virtual Machines.


Note

Currently, Subscription Activation is only available on commercial tenants và is not currently available on US GCC or GCC High tenants.


For hoiquanzen.com customers with Enterprise Agreements (EA) or hoiquanzen.com Products & Services Agreements (MPSA), you must have the following:

Windows 10 (Pro or Enterprise) version 1703 or later installed on the devices khổng lồ be upgraded.Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) available for identity management.Devices must be Azure AD-joined or Hybrid Azure AD joined. Workgroup-joined or Azure AD registered devices are not supported.

For hoiquanzen.com customers that do not have EA or MPSA, you can obtain Windows 10 Enterprise E3/E5 or A3/A5 through a cloud solution provider (CSP). Identity management và device requirements are the same when you use CSP to manage licenses, with the exception that Windows 10 Enterprise E3 is also available through CSP khổng lồ devices running Windows 10, version 1607. For more information about obtaining Windows 10 Enterprise E3 through your CSPhường, see Windows 10 Enterprise E3 in CSP..

If devices are running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, see New Windows 10 nâng cấp benefits for Windows Cloud Subscriptions in CSP

Multi-factor authentication

An issue has been identified with Hybrid Azure AD joined devices that have enabled multi-factor authentication (MFA). If a user signs into lớn a device using their Active Directory trương mục và MFA is enabled, the device will not successfully nâng cấp khổng lồ their Windows Enterprise subscription.

To resolve sầu this issue:

If the device is running Windows 10, version 1703, 1709, or 1803, the user must either sign in with an Azure AD trương mục, or you must disable MFA for this user during the 30-day polling period and renewal.

If the device is running Windows 10, version 1809 or later:

When the user signs in on a Hybrid Azure AD joined device with MFA enabled, a notification will indicate that there is a problem. Click the notification and then cliông chồng Fix now to step through the subscription activation process. See the example below:

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Windows 10 Education requirements

Windows 10 Pro Education, version 1903 or later installed on the devices to lớn be upgraded.

A device with a Windows 10 Pro Education digital license. You can confirm this information in Settings > Update và Security > Activation.

The Education tenant must have sầu an active subscription khổng lồ hoiquanzen.com 365 with a Windows 10 Enterprise license or a Windows 10 Enterprise or Education subscription.

Devices must be Azure AD-joined or Hybrid Azure AD joined. Workgroup-joined or Azure AD registered devices are not supported.


Important

If Windows 10 Pro is converted to Windows 10 Pro Education by using benefits available in Store for Education, then the feature will not work. You will need lớn re-image the device using a Windows 10 Pro Education edition.


Benefits

With Windows 10 Enterprise or Windows 10 Education, businesses và institutions can benefit from enterprise-level security và control. Previously, only organizations with a hoiquanzen.com Volume Licensing Agreement could deploy Windows 10 Education or Windows 10 Enterprise to their users. Now, with Windows 10 Enterprise E3 or A3 và E5 or A5 being available as a true online service, it is available in select channels thus allowing all organizations lớn take advantage of enterprise-grade Windows 10 features. To compare Windows 10 editions and reviews pricing, see the following:

You can benefit by moving to lớn Windows as an online service in the following ways:

Licenses for Windows 10 Enterprise & Education are checked based on Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) credentials, so now businesses have sầu a systematic way to lớn assign licenses to lớn over users và groups in their organization.

User logon triggers a silent edition nâng cấp, with no reboot required.

Support for Smartphone worker/BYOD activation; transition away from on-prem KMS và MAK keys.

Compliance support via seat assignment.

Licenses can be updated lớn different users dynamically, enabling you khổng lồ optimize your licensing investment against changing needs.

How it works

The device is AAD joined from Settings > Accounts > Access work or school.

The IT administrator assigns Windows 10 Enterprise to lớn a user. See the following figure.

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When a licensed user signs in khổng lồ a device that meets requirements using their Azure AD credentials, the operating system steps up from Windows 10 Pro to Windows 10 Enterprise (or Windows 10 Pro Education khổng lồ Windows 10 Education) và all the appropriate Windows 10 Enterprise/Education features are unlocked. When a user’s subscription expires or is transferred to another user, the device reverts seamlessly to lớn Windows 10 Pro / Windows 10 Pro Education edition, once current subscription validity expires.

Devices running Windows 10 Pro, version 1703 or Windows 10 Pro Education, version 1903 or later can get Windows 10 Enterprise or Education Semi-Annual Channel on up to five devices for each user covered by the license. This benefit does not include Long Term Servicing Channel.

The following figures summarize how the Subscription Activation mã sản phẩm works:

Before Windows 10, version 1903:

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After Windows 10, version 1903:

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Note

A Windows 10 Pro Education device will only step up to lớn Windows 10 Education edition when “Windows 10 Enterprise” license is assigned from M365 Admin center (as of May 2019).

A Windows 10 Pro device will only step up khổng lồ Windows 10 Enterprise edition when “Windows 10 Enterprise” license is assigned from M365 Admin center (as of May 2019).


Scenarios

Scenario #1

You are using Windows 10, version 1803 or above sầu, and just purchased Windows 10 Enterprise E3 or E5 subscriptions (or have sầu had an E3 or E5 subscription for a while but haven’t yet deployed Windows 10 Enterprise).

All of your Windows 10 Pro devices will step-up lớn Windows 10 Enterprise, and devices that are already running Windows 10 Enterprise will migrate from KMS or MAK activated Enterprise edition to Subscription activated Enterprise edition when a Subscription Activation-enabled user signs in khổng lồ the device.

Scenario #2

You are using Windows 10, version 1607, 1703, or 1709 with KMS for activation, và just purchased Windows 10 Enterprise E3 or E5 subscriptions (or have sầu had an E3 or E5 subscription for a while but haven’t yet deployed Windows 10 Enterprise).

To change all of your Windows 10 Pro devices to lớn Windows 10 Enterprise, run the following comm& on each computer:

cscript.exe cộ c:windowssystem32slmgr.vbs /iđại chiến NPPR9-FWDCX-D2C8J-H872K-2YT43The commvà causes the OS to change to lớn Windows 10 Enterprise & then seek out the KMS hệ thống to reactivate. This key comes from Appendix A: KMS Client Setup Keys in the Volume Activation guide. It is also possible to lớn inject the Windows 10 Pro key from this article if you wish to step back down from Enterprise to lớn Pro.

Scenario #3

Using Azure AD-joined devices or Active sầu Directory-joined devices running Windows 10 1709 or later, and with Azure AD synchronization configured, just follow the steps in Deploy Windows 10 Enterprise licenses khổng lồ acquire a $0 SKU và get a new Windows 10 Enterprise E3 or E5 license in Azure AD. Then, assign that license to lớn all of your Azure AD users. These can be AD-synced accounts. The device will automatically change from Windows 10 Pro khổng lồ Windows 10 Enterprise when that user signs in.

In summary, if you have sầu a Windows 10 Enterprise E3 or E5 subscription, but are still running Windows 10 Pro, it’s really simple (và quick) khổng lồ move sầu to Windows 10 Enterprise using one of the scenartiện ích ios above sầu.

If you’re running Windows 7, it can be more work. A wipe-and-load approach works, but it is likely lớn be easier to lớn tăng cấp from Windows 7 Pro directly to Windows 10 Enterprise. This is a supported path, and completes the move in one step. This method also works if you are running Windows 8.1 Pro.

Licenses

The following policies apply to lớn acquisition and renewal of licenses on devices:

Devices that have been upgraded will attempt to lớn renew licenses about every 30 days, and must be connected khổng lồ the Internet to lớn successfully acquire or renew a license.If a device is disconnected from the Internet until its current subscription expires, the operating system will revert lớn Windows 10 Pro or Windows 10 Pro Education. As soon as the device is connected khổng lồ the Internet again, the license will automatically renew.Up khổng lồ five devices can be upgraded for each user license.If a device meets the requirements & a licensed user signs in on that device, it will be upgraded.

Licenses can be reallocated from one user to lớn another user, allowing you to optimize your licensing investment against changing needs.

When you have the required Azure AD subscription, group-based licensing is the preferred method to lớn assign Enterprise E3 & E5 licenses lớn users. For more information, see Group-based licensing basics in Azure AD.

Existing Enterprise deployments

If you are running Windows 10, version 1803 or later, Subscription Activation will automatically pull the firmware-embedded Windows 10 activation key and activate the underlying Pro License. The license will then step-up to Windows 10 Enterprise using Subscription Activation. This automatically migrates your devices from KMS or MAK activated Enterprise lớn Subscription activated Enterprise.

Caution: Firmware-embedded Windows 10 activation happens automatically only when we go through OOBE(Out Of Box Experience)

If you are using Windows 10, version 1607, 1703, or 1709 and have sầu already deployed Windows 10 Enterprise, but you want lớn move away from depending on KMS servers and MAK keys for Windows client machines, you can seamlessly transition as long as the computer has been activated with a firmware-embedded Windows 10 Pro hàng hóa key.

If the computer has never been activated with a Pro key, run the following script. Copy the text below inkhổng lồ a .cmd file và run the file from an elevated comm& prompt:


echo offFOR /F "skip=1" %%A IN ("wmic path SoftwareLicensingService get OA3xOriginalProductKey") DO (SET "ProductKey=%%A"golớn InstallKey):InstallKeyIF <%ProductKey%>==<> (emang lại No key present) ELSE (eđến Installing %ProductKey%changepk.exe pháo /ProductKey %ProductKey%)

Obtaining an Azure AD license

Enterprise Agreement/Software Assurance (EA/SA):

The license administrator can assign seats khổng lồ Azure AD users with the same process that is used for O365.

New EA/SA Windows Enterprise customers can acquire both an SA subscription và an associated $0 cloud subscription.

hoiquanzen.com Products và Services Agreements (MPSA):

Organizations with MPSA are automatically emailed the details of the new service. They must take steps lớn process the instructions.

Existing MPSA customers will receive sầu service activation emails that allow their customer administrator lớn assign users khổng lồ the service.

New MPSA customers who purchase the Software Subscription Windows Enterprise E3 & E5 will be enabled for both the traditional key-based và new subscriptions activation method.

Deploying licenses

See Deploy Windows 10 Enterprise licenses.

Virtual Desktop Access (VDA)

Subscriptions to lớn Windows 10 Enterprise are also available for virtualized clients. Windows 10 Enterprise E3 và E5 are available for Virtual Desktop Access (VDA) in Windows Azure or in another qualified multitenant hoster.

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Virtual machines (VMs) must be configured to enable Windows 10 Enterprise subscriptions for VDA. Active sầu Directory-joined and Azure Active Directory-joined clients are supported. See Enable VDA for Subscription Activation.

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