After upgrading to windows 10 pro on a tablet of mine that came preloaded with windows 10 home, I would like to downgrade it back to home. However, the tablet doesn't have a recovery partition and I don't have the licence key for home.. How can I simply revert back to the original windows edition I had? BTW I have tried the reset your PC thing.. needless to say, it didn't work

  • how much time has passed since upgrade? windows 10 keeps the previous system for 30 days in case you want to go back. – conquistador Jan 26 '16 at 21:33
  • 2, maybe three days? – DividedByZero Jan 26 '16 at 21:34
  • If there is some feature of Windows 10 Pro that you don't like, you may be able to uninstall that feature. Or are you looking for a refund of the upgrade? – Andrew Morton Jan 26 '16 at 21:35
  • Nope, I just want to go back to home edition.. I couldn't be bothered about, and probably wouldn't even get, a refund – DividedByZero Jan 26 '16 at 21:37
  • The brand and model of tablet may help us answer your question. – CharlieRB Jan 26 '16 at 21:42

As my last answer was irrelevant, I have changed it.

I found a site where you can download a tool to reinstall windows 10, and it has instructions. I will be posting them here, but with a few tweaks.

Since your license key is already in your firmware, just select the "home" version of windows 10 when reinstalling.

Download Tool

Follow these instructions to perform a clean installation of Windows 10.


If you format a drive partition during installation, any data on the partition will be erased. Be sure to back up any data you want to keep before you begin.

  1. Run the media creation tool.

  2. Select Create installation media for another PC.

  3. Choose the language, edition, and architecture (64-bit or 32-bit) for Windows 10.

  4. Follow the steps to create the installation media, and then select Finish when it’s done.

  5. When you’re ready to perform a clean installation, turn on your PC, insert the DVD or USB flash drive you created, and then shut down your PC.

  6. Restart your PC, and then press any key to boot from the DVD or USB flash drive.

If you restart your PC and your current version of Windows starts, you might have to open a boot menu or change the boot order in your PC's BIOS or UEFI settings so that your PC boots from the media. To open a boot menu or change the boot order, you'll typically need to press a combination of keys (such as F2, F12, Delete, or Esc) immediately after you turn on your PC. For instructions on changing the boot order for your PC, check the documentation that came with your PC or go to the manufacturer's website.

If changing the boot menu or order doesn't work, try again by signing in to Windows, shutting down, and then starting your PC.

  1. On the Install Windows page, enter your language and other preferences, and then select Next.

  2. Select Install Windows.

  3. On the Enter the product key to activate Windows page, click skip.


Since you’ve already activated Windows 10 on this PC, you won't need to enter a Windows 10 product key. You can skip the product key page by selecting the Skip button. Your PC will automatically activate later.

  1. On the License terms page, if you accept the license terms, select I accept the license terms, and then select Next.

  2. On the "Which type of installation do you want?" page, select Custom. On the "Where do you want to install Windows?" page, select the partition that you want, select the formatting option you want to perform (if needed), and then follow the instructions.

  3. When you've finished formatting, select Next.

Follow the rest of the setup instructions to finish installing Windows.


Hope this helps!

  • How do you know the OP is using a Surface tablet? Also, the OP stated "BTW I have tried the reset your PC thing.. needless to say, it didn't work". Can you address that? – CharlieRB Jan 26 '16 at 21:45
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    Yes, I can. First off, these are instructions for Windows Operating systems. What kind of tablet it is will make very little (if any) difference. Secondly, the "reset your pc" thing has three options. I was stating which of the three should be selected. You can take a look at the articles, too @CharlieRB – Spencer4134 Jan 26 '16 at 21:47
  • Don't take this personal. I was not asking you to address me. Rather, explain in your answer why you are telling them to do what they said didn't work. I am glad you are answering this question and placing links there to the articles you have read. My comment was to illustrate that making assumptions can be misleading when trying to properly answer. That is why comments are used to get clarification from the OP prior to answering. Considering this in the future will make your answers that much better. – CharlieRB Jan 26 '16 at 21:56
  • I apologize, I misunderstood you. I will update this answer like you said I should. But also, please keep in mind that a user must have 50 rep to comment for clarification :) The only way I know how to reach that ability, is to answer questions the best I can. @CharlieRB – Spencer4134 Jan 26 '16 at 22:05
  • @Ramhound What are you asking? I am merely giving instructions for reverting the OS – Spencer4134 Jan 26 '16 at 22:29

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