Is there a way to change the activation key in Windows before you start the out of box experience (setup) on machines w/windows pre-installed? For example, say you purchase a laptop with Home preinstalled, but you have a Pro key, anyone know how to get that Pro key into that laptop before you do the setup?
Current process is:
- Perform setup using dummy user
- Change key after OBE
- "Reset" Windows back to virgin OBE
- Perform setup again, this time under real user
Why does it matter you ask? Because Home SKUs cannot join domains, and you want the user to be a domain user, not a personal Microsoft account, so you need to do the initial setup as a dummy user, then flip to pro so you can join AzureAD (or a local domain), and then wipe and redo the OBE as the actual end-user. Ugly!