If you need more power, here’s how to upgrade
What to Know
- Go to Start Menu >Settings >Update & Security >Activation >Go to the Store to purchase a Windows 10 Pro upgrade.
- If you have a Windows 10 Pro product key, go to Start Menu >Settings >Updates and Security >Activation >Change product key.
- To install Pro on another PC, re-enter the Windows 10 Home product key on current PC, then enter the Pro product key on new PC.
This article explains how to upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro via the Windows Store or by entering your Pro product key. You can find out which version of Windows you have by checking your system settings.
How to Upgrade Windows 10 Home to Pro via the Windows Store
If you haven’t paid anything for Pro yet, and no one has handed you a copy, the most straightforward way to upgrade is from the Windows Store. Here’s how:
First, make sure your PC doesn’t have any pending updates.
Next, select the Start Menu > Settings.
Select Update & Security.
Select Activation in the left vertical menu.
Select Go to the Store. This link leads you to the Windows Store.
To purchase the upgrade, select Buy.
Log in with your Microsoft account, then enter your payment method. Windows will immediately upgrade.
Upgrade From Windows 10 Home to Pro via a Product Key/Digital License
If you have a copy of Windows 10 Pro you should also have a product key (alternately called a license key) to enable Windows 10 Pro. You’ll need this key to replace your Windows Home product key.
Here’s how to replace your current product key:
Make sure you have the latest Windows updates.
Navigate to Start Menu > Settings > Updates and Security > Activation.
Under Activation, select Change product key. The Product Key window opens.
Enter the 25-digit Windows Pro product key.
Select Next. If your key is correct, the installation starts immediately, and you’ll soon get a message that Windows is upgraded.
Transferring Windows 10 Pro Upgrade to Another Machine
Since you had a full Windows 10 operating system before the Pro upgrade, you can remove the Pro upgrade from its current machine and then transfer it to another machine.
Complete this process online so that Microsoft can register that you removed the Pro upgrade.
To re-install your original Windows license, which will make the Pro upgrade available to install on another machine:
Look at the bottom of your Windows laptop, or on the top/side of a desktop tower. There might be a sticker showing your original Windows product key; alternatively, it might be in the manuals or other material that came in your PC’s box.
Go to Start Menu > Settings > Update & Security > Activation > Change Product Key.
Enter the product key in the Change product key field to “downgrade” to your old Home license.
Your upgrade license is now freed up and can be installed on another machine.
I have Windows 10 Pro Retail license previously in my old PC (own build) and now I bought a new Dell PC with Windows 10 Home OEM installed.
How can I upgrade Windows 10 Home OEM in the Dell PC with Windows 10 Pro license from another PC? I don’t use the old PC (own build) anymore.
I am Sumit, an Independent Advisor and a 2-Year Windows Insider MVP here to help.
It requires you to be signed in on both PCs with same Microsoft Account.
Use the following generic key to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro from Home:
Enter this in the Activation Page of Update and security in Settings.
After the upgrade you would find Windows not activated.
Then run the activation troubleshooter and select I recently changed hardware on this device.
You’ll need to first add your Microsoft account and link your account to the digital license on your device. After linking your Microsoft account, run the Activation troubleshooter to reactivate Windows 10.
This troubleshooter will only be available if your copy of Windows 10 (version 1607 or later) isn’t activated.
To use the Activation troubleshooter:
Sign in as an administrator. For more info, see Create a local user or administrator account in Windows 10.
Select the Start button, then select Settings > Update & Security > Activation > Troubleshoot . The troubleshooter will show Windows can’t be activated on your device.
Open Activation settings
Select I changed hardware on this device recently, then select Next.
Enter your connected Microsoft account and password, then select Sign in. The troubleshooter will only work with the connected Microsoft account.
From the list of devices that are linked to your Microsoft account, select the check box next to This is the device I’m using right now.
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For many consumers now on Windows 10 your version of the OS – Home versus Pro – depends directly on the previous upgraded OS. More specifically, if your computer had a license for Windows 7 Home Premium you upgraded to Windows 10 Home. Likewise, if you were on Windows 8 Pro your version of the OS should be Windows 10 Pro.
What’s the difference between Home and Pro? As it turns out, the differences do not mean much for regular consumers. The versions here truly reflect a consumer edition versus one better suited for business users or professionals.
Windows 10 Pro offers the following features over Windows 10 Home:
- Join a Domain or Azure Active Directory: Easy connect to your business or school network
- BitLocker: Help protects your data with enhanced encryption and security management
- Remote desktop: Sign in and use your Pro PC while at home or on the road
- Hyper-V: Create and run virtual machines
- Private Catalog: Access your company’s apps through your own section in the Windows Store
As you can see, many users do not need these functionalities but for others they are a must-have for their jobs e.g. developers, business users, some students, and those in IT and related fields.
Additionally, Windows 10 Pro (and some versions of Windows 10 Home Single Language) can defer automatic updates to Windows 10. You can read how to do that in our tutorial:
Many of Microsoft’s own devices like the Surface series, including the Surface Pro 3, come with a Pro version of the OS, so they all get Windows 10 Pro during the update. The same goes for many Lenovo’s and even my HP x360 Spectre.
However, the newer Surface 3 only comes with Home and, therefore, does not get Windows 10 Pro unless you upgrade to it.
To verify what version of the OS you have
[Win + C] > Settings > Change PC Settings > PC and devices > PC Info
Settings > System > About and look under Edition.
How to Upgrade Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro
For whatever reason, let’s just say you want to upgrade your version of Windows 10 Home to the Pro version to grab those features mentioned earlier. Microsoft has made it incredibly simple although it is not a free update. Here is how it works.
1. Right-click on the Action Center
2. Choose All Settings
3. Pick Update & Security
4. Click Activation
5. Click Go to Store
You are now brought to the Store listing for Windows 10 Pro. Here you can buy the upgrade for a one-time cost of $99. The purchase is made through the Store just like buying a new, game, movie or music.
Once you complete the purchase, the OS simply unlocks those Pro features once the bits have been downloaded. Your Windows 10 license key is also automatically converted to a Windows 10 Pro one. Since your hardware ID is linked to your license in the Store clean installs should also be okay.
Note that it is more expensive to buy a Windows 10 Home license ($119.99) and upgrade to Pro ($99.99) for $218 total instead of just initially purchasing a $199.99 Pro key. However, this only applies if you are building a new computer, not for upgrades.
Users should also note that you cannot upgrade a 32-bit version of the OS to a 64-bit one due to architectural differences.
Overall, the process for upgrading your Windows 10 Home license to a Pro one is just as simple as activating in the first place. Of course, whether you need to do so is another matter. Most consumers should be okay with Windows 10 Home but if you find that you need a Pro version now you know how to make that happen.
If you think this guide is helpful, we have many more posts like this in our Windows 10 help, tips, and tricks page. Or try our massive Windows 10 Forums at Windows Central for more help!
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Do you want to upgrade from Windows 10 Home edition to Windows 10 Pro edition? Want to buy the Pro license and upgrade to the same from Windows 10 Home edition? Would you like to upgrade from Windows 10 Home edition to Pro without the product key? In this article, we will see how to upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Pro with ease.
Difference between Windows 10 Home and Pro
The Home edition of Windows 10 is designed for home users, and it is perfect for most users who do not need the advanced security and business features available in the Pro edition. The Pro edition offers advanced features like BitLocker, Group Policy, Domain Join, Remote Desktop, Hyper-V, and Azure Active Directory. Go through our difference between Windows 10 Home and Pro editions for detailed information.
Can I upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Pro for free?
While you can upgrade a non-activated Windows 10 Home edition install to Pro edition, you need to activate the install to keep on using the Windows 10 Pro after the initial 30-day trial period.
Upgrade from Windows 10 Home edition to Pro edition is not free. In other words, even if you have an activated copy of Windows 10 Home edition, you need to purchase the upgrade license and activate the install before or after upgrading to Pro edition.
Upgrading Windows 10 Home to Pro edition
Here is how to upgrade from Windows 10 Home edition to Pro edition with a few mouse clicks.
Step 1: Open the Settings app by either clicking the Settings icon on the left side of the Start menu or using the Windows logo + I hotkey.
Step 2: Once Settings app launched, go to Update & security > Activation page to see the current activation status of your Windows 10 Home edition installation.
Step 3: As you can see in the picture below, we’re upgrading from a non-activated install of Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro edition without entering a product key. So you don’t need to have an activated install of Windows 10 Home to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro edition.
Step 4: Click the button labeled Go to Store to open the Store app.
Step 5: Clicking the Go to Store button will open the following page of the Store app. To upgrade from Home edition to Pro edition, click Upgrade to Pro button.
If you want to buy the Pro edition license right away, click the $99.99 or $119.99 button right before the Upgrade to Pro button. The $99.99 button appears when you are trying the upgrade to Pro edition on an activated install of Windows 10 Home edition. The $119.99 button will be shown when you are upgrading a non-activated Windows 10 Home edition to Professional edition (here you will be purchasing the Pro edition, not just the upgrade license).
Note that you can upgrade to the Pro edition without a key or license. If you like the Pro edition after trying out the features it offers, you can purchase the key later by performing the instructions mentioned above again.
While purchasing the Professional edition from the Store, you will need to provide your Microsoft account details.
Step 6: Finally, you will see the following page with information about features that you will get by upgrading to the Pro edition.
As said before, the setup will not remove your files and programs while upgrading from Windows 10 Home Edition to Pro edition. That said, it’s a good idea to backup important files before making any significant changes to your operating system.
Step 7: Click Start upgrade button and then click Yes, let’s go button when you see the confirmation dialog with “Have you saved all your files?” message to begin upgrading your Windows 10 Home edition to Pro edition.
Your PC might be restarted during the upgrade process, but the upgrade is done on most PCs without a restart.
Depending on your PC’s configuration, the upgrade process might take from a few minutes to hours. On most PCs, the upgrade process should be done in less than 30 minutes.
Once Windows 10 Home Pro edition upgrade is done, you will see Edition upgrade completed notification. That’s all! You may now start exploring new features of Windows 10 Pro edition.
If you have upgraded a non-activated Windows 10 Home edition to Windows 10 Pro edition, you may now activate your Windows 10 install. If you want to know the activation status, please refer to our check if your Windows 10 install is activated article.
I am thinking of buying a refurbed laptop that comes with Windows 7 Pro (64-bit). I’d like to upgrade to Windows 10, but I only need Windows 10 Home, and not Windows 10 Professional. Is it possible to just upgrade to Windows 10 Home? What licensing do I need to purchase?
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Thank you for your interest in upgrading to Windows 10 Home.
Yes, you can upgrade to Windows 10 Home. For your convenience, please check Windows 10 upgrade paths.
Feel free to post back should you have further concern.
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The link that was previously provided by Rey Cam on this thread provides a detailed table for you to check if your computer is eligible for upgrading to certain editions of Windows 10. Since you were able to check and confirm that you can upgrade from Windows 7 Pro to Windows 10 Home, here is a link for purchasing Windows 10 Home from our Microsoft Store.
Should you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to let us know.
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Starting November 1, 2020, Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) who have purchased Microsoft 365 A3 or A5 or Windows 10 Enterprise A3 or A5 subscriptions can help their Education customers upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Education, which is designed for both the classroom and remote learning.
From November 1, 2020, Windows 10 Home will be a qualifying operating system for Education customers licensed via the Microsoft Cloud Agreement (through the CSP program). This eligibility, which until now has only been available in Volume Licensing (VL) education programs, has been enabled via Microsoft 365 admin portal support.
How the upgrade process works
CSP partners can help their customers upgrade by submitting a support request on their behalf. Microsoft Support will review the request to ensure that the customer qualifies; once the request is approved, support will provide the Windows 10 Pro Education key to the partner who can then give it to the customer.
When the customer installs the key and the device is joined to the tenant domain via Azure Active Directory (AAD), the device will automatically be upgraded to Windows 10 Education (subscription).
Step-by-step process for customers to get Windows 10 Education
Partners should create a support request and get keys from Support. Partners then share these keys with their customers.
Partners вЂ“ how to get the keys:
From the Partner Center menu, select Customers, then select the customer who needs support.
Select Service management and select Service requests.
Select New request and then select Office 365 and Enterprise Mobility Suite.
You are taken to the Office 365 portal where you need to sign in using your Partner Center credentials.
Select Support, New service request from left-hand menu.
Include the below details in the Support request:
Select Contact me. The expected waiting time is indicated in the Need Help? pane.
Microsoft Support will review the request to ensure that the customer qualifies. Once the request is approved, they will send an email to the partner containing instructions on how to access the keys.
Partners share the keys and other instructions with their customers.
Customer applies the upgrade:
To upgrade Windows 10 Home using a Windows 10 Pro Education product key, the customer must do the following:
Select Start, then select Settings > Update & Security > Activation. Select Change product key, and then enter the 25-character Windows 10 Pro product key. Select Next to start the upgrade to Windows 10 Pro.
When the device is joined to the tenant domain (via AAD), the device will be automatically upgraded to Windows 10 Education.
Frequently asked questions
Which customers are eligible? CSP customers who qualify as academic and have active Windows 10 Enterprise A3/A5 or Microsoft 365 A3/A5 license subscriptions may upgrade their Windows 10 Home devices to Windows 10 Education. Direct other Education customers who license these offers through VL to the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC).
Can my VL customers use this process? No, VL customers that license through Enrollment for Education Solutions (EES), Open Value Subscription for Education Solutions (OVS-ES), and School should go to VLSC to download products and keys.
My customer needs more keys than originally requested. How can I get them? You can submit an additional support request for keys for your customerвЂ™s Windows 10 Home devices. The total quantity across multiple requests should be no greater than their total active licenses of Microsoft 365 A3/A5 or Windows 10 Enterprise A3/A5 subscriptions.
My customer is about to buy more Windows 10 Home devices. Can they get more upgrades? Education customers should consider low-cost Windows 10 Education devices through our Shape the Future program and eliminate the need to upgrade Windows 10 Home devices. If they do purchase more Windows 10 Home devices, partners must submit a new support request via the Microsoft admin portal.
Is there a deadline for when to contact Support and receive the upgrade key? The Windows 10 Education upgrade is based on the customerвЂ™s active Microsoft 365 A3/A5 or Windows 10 Enterprise A3/A5 license subscriptions. If the customer does not extend or renew the subscription, the eligibility to upgrade also ends.
Where can partners learn more about Windows 10 Education?
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I just bought a Lenovo Yoga 720-13ikb laptop to replace a broken laptop that wasn’t worth fixing. It’s a great machine, but it came with Windows 10 Home edition. That’s fine for most people, but as a Windows nerd, I need Hyper-V support, the Group Policy editor, the packaged app controls, etc. What to do?
Instead of paying Microsoft’s war price of $99 for the upgrade, I headed on over to Kinguin.net and bought a Windows 10 Pro OEM Key (with buyer protection) for $35. (Note: I was leery of Kinguin.net for years because the prices were too good to be true, but I have since bought four OEM keys from them in the last year and they all worked just fine. Kinguin just exploits the fact that Microsoft sells OEM keys in other countries dirt cheap and it is legal to activate said keys anywhere in the world.)
With this new machine, I did have a problem using this cheap OEM key, but it turns out it wasn’t the key but rather how Microsoft handles upgrades from an OEM version of Windows 10 Home (in this case from Lenovo) to a generic OEM Windows 10 Pro key. When I went to Settings > Activation > Change Product Key, the key simply wouldn’t work and I got error code 0xC004F050 which was no help at all.
After a lot of Googling, I figured out what to do to get my cheap Windows 10 Pro OEM key to work:
- Go to Settings > Activation > Change Product Key
- Enter the following generic Windows 10 Pro key: VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T
Note: that there is nothing nefarious or illegal about this product key and it IS NOT any sort of piracy to use it. This key is what is known as a Release to Manufacturing (RTM) key and is used to install Windows 10 Pro for a trial period. Very importantly (and I’m not responsible if you don’t heed this caveat), this key DOES NOT and WILL NOT activate Windows 10 Pro, it will merely allow you to a) install Windows 10 Pro from scratch for testing purposes or b) allow you to force Windows 10 Home to upgrade to Pro (and then supply your own key when the upgrade is complete).
- After entering the key and clicking Accept, Windows will spring into action and do the upgrade process. (Basically, it just enables a bunch of features that are disabled in the install.) My new machine took less than 5 minutes to upgrade, but every machine is different.
- After Windows restarts, Windows 10 Pro is installed but not activated. To activate it, once again go to Settings > Activation > Change Product Key. This time, enter your valid Windows 10 Pro OEM code (from Kinguin or elsewhere), and click Activate Windows.
- Enjoy all the enhanced nerdy goodness at a very discounted price.
- By Sofia Wyciślik-Wilson
- Published 1 year ago
When you bought your computer with Windows 10 pre-installed, the chances are that it came with Windows 10 Home. You’re probably aware that Windows 10 Professional is available, but did you know just how cheap and easy it is to update and the benefits it can bring you?
We have some great news. Windows 10 Professional keeps everything you’ve learned to love about Home but adds a lot more. Not only is upgrading to Windows 10 Professional incredibly simple, it does not mean that you have to reinstall from scratch; it takes little more than changing your product key. We also have a great special offer that makes upgrading even cheaper than normal, so let’s take a look at what you stand to gain if you do make the jump.
Home vs Pro
The Professional version of Windows 10 includes numerous features and options not found in the Home edition — and unsurprisingly they are hugely beneficial for people working from home. As well as a remote desktop feature, essential for accessing your office PC from afar, Group Policy Management gives system administrators greater control over the operating system, while Windows 10 Professional users have the option of joining a domain and can take advantage of Azure Active Directory Domain Join to remember credentials.
Security is given a boost in Professional, with remote working in mind. BitLocker offers system-wide data protection by encrypting your drives, including USB keys, protecting your work from third-party unauthorized access. Another security feature that’s only found in the Professional version is Assigned Access which gives greater control over what users are able to do on a system.
There’s also Hyper-V which allows you to run virtualized operating system within Windows without the need for extra software, such as an insider build of Windows 10, a Linux distribution and even older editions of Windows. In addition, Professional includes Sandbox which would enable you to test new software without the install affecting your main system.
Professional users gain more control over how and when Windows Updates are delivered. Delay critical updates by up to 30 days, and optional updates by up to a year, ensuring any bugs are ironed out before you update your PC. Essential if you need the most stable Windows 10 for your business.
Microsoft Update for Business and Microsoft Store for Business are also unique to Windows 10 Professional, making it easier to manage large numbers of computers.
All in all, there’s a number of compelling reasons why serious users, professionals and business users should move away from Home and considering upgrading to Professional.
Get your upgrade now
We’ve got a special deal that will save up a colossal $160 (or 80 percent) off the regular price of Windows 10 Professional. You can grab yourself a reduced-price (a mere $39.99) license key by following the instructions here.
It’s worth noting you need a fully activated Windows 10 Home to move up to Professional. You won’t be able to upgrade a non-activated Home.
So, once you’ve bought your Windows 10 Professional product key, it’s time to make the upgrade, and it’s a good idea to make sure that you have all of the latest updates for Windows installed.
- Click Start > Settings and head to Update & Security
- Move to the Windows Update section and click Check for updates
- Download and install any updates that are available and then move to the Activation section
- Click the Change product key link to the right, enter the key you’ve bought, click Next and follow any on-screen instructions
- Windows will download the Professional features, then reboot
And that’s it. You’re good to go. Now enjoy Windows 10 Professional.
A number of new laptops, including the HP Envy x2 and Asus NovaGo TP370QL, come with Windows 10 S (aka Windows 10 S mode) installed. Microsoft claims that 10 S is faster and more power efficient than the regular Windows, but in reality, it’s just the main operating system with a few key restrictions. Namely, you can’t install non-Windows store apps. That means that you’re stuck with Edge as your only browser and you can’t run a slew of programs you might really need.
Fortunately, removing Windows 10 S is simple, free and doesn’t require reinstalling the whole operating system. To upgrade to full Windows, follow these steps:
1. Hit Windows Key + X then select System from the menu that appears.
2. Scroll down and click “Change product key or switch to Windows 10 Pro” (on yours it might be “Windows 10 Home”).
3. Click “Go to Store.” You’ll be transported to a page in the Windows Store.
4. Click Get. The button changes.
5. Click Install.
6. Click “Yes, Let’s Go.”
The computer will not reboot, will not download anything and it probably won’t even give you a status message. When we tried this on the HP Envy x2, the system changed to Windows 10 Pro instantly, but we only knew it had happened, because we checked system info and saw that it said “Windows 10 Pro” instead of “Windows 10 S.” Should you change your mind, you can’t revert to Windows 10 S, but why would you want to?