See this fix, if you can't select Windows 10 edition during clean installation. The issue usually occurs on devices with Windows 10 OEM license installed.

Earlier, we’ve seen how to make clean installation of Windows 10 in our following guide:

How to make clean install of Windows 10

If you’re making clean install, the most important step is to select the edition you want to install. In past, we can download Windows ISO files or setup for specific editions. Hence there was no need to choose Windows edition during clean install.

But nowadays Microsoft provides single ISO file containing multiple Windows 10 editions. Hence it is quite important that Windows edition selection screen shown below should appear:

FIX Cant Select Windows 10 Edition During Clean Installation

In case if you’ve a machine which came with Windows 10 pre-installed, the above shown screen won’t appear on it, if you’re making clean install of Windows 10 on the machine. This is because the machine has Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) license installed, which is tied to the motherboard. This OEM license is usually for single Windows edition (for example, Home edition). Hence when you make clean install, setup use OEM license information and directly install the pre-installed edition and never asks you to select Windows edition.

To allow choosing Windows 10 edition during clean install, you need to perform below mentioned workaround.

FIX: Can’t Select Windows 10 Edition During Clean Installation

1. Go to any working Windows computer and open File Explorer, locate your Windows 10 ISO file and right click on it, select Mount.

FIX Cant Select Windows 10 Edition During Clean Installation

2. You should now see DVD/CD drive labelled entry under This PC. This drive actually contains your ISO file in decompressed form.

FIX Cant Select Windows 10 Edition During Clean Installation

3. Close/minimize File Explorer and Notepad application (run notepad command).

4. In Notepad window, type following:

[Channel]
Retail

FIX Cant Select Windows 10 Edition During Clean Installation

5. Click File > Save As and browse to DVD/CD drive where your Windows 10 ISO file is mounted. Open sources folder and then save Notepad file with "ei.cfg" name. Select All File for Save as type and click Save.

FIX Cant Select Windows 10 Edition During Clean Installation

6. You can now directly create a bootable USB with mounted ISO file contents using this guide. Once your bootable USB drive is ready, you can go ahead with clean install. This time you’ll be able to select your desired Windows edition and install it.

Here’s the video illustration for this fix:

Hope this helps!

6 Comments

  • says I can’t save in mounted drive?

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Save it to Desktop and then move file to ‘sources’ folder.

  • My problem is:

    I bought a product key online. I followed the instructions, downloaded win 10. Toshiba Satellite laptop, original win 7 home. When installing from either ISO or USB, I get the following error:

    0x800700B7-0x2000E

    Installation failed during SAFE OS phase, error occurred during SET_PRODUCT_KEY operation

    How do I upgrade my laptop?

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ This might occur due to bad media. Please download Windows 10 from official Microsoft site as mentioned here: https://www.kapilarya.com/download-latest-windows-10-iso-files. Also make sure BIOS is up-to-date and your system supports Windows 10 requirements:

    • Processor: 1 GHz or faster with support for PAE, NX, and SSE2
    • RAM: 1 GB (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
    • Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
    • Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver
    • Firmware: UEFI 2.3.1, Secure boot enabled, BIOS
  • I did everything as you asked. It does not give the choice of home or pro during installation. It restarts several times during configuration. An error message is then given in each case:
    0x800700B7-0x2000E

    Installation failed during SAFE OS phase, error occurred during SET_PRODUCT_KEY operation.

    Bios version updated. The problem persists.
    The problem is,don’t have to enter a license key. The installation does not even get there.

  • https://www.kapilarya.com/how-to-upgrade-to-windows-10-using-iso-file

    7. After reboot, you will see the Upgrading Windows. Here there are three sections and after completing each section, PC will restart. When this screen reaches to 100%, system will finally reboot.

    In all cases, this error occurs at this point after the first reboot.

    Then everything is cleared and windows 7 home premium restarts.

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