This article will show you how to make a fast and easy Windows 10 Home to Pro upgrade, using older Windows version’s Pro key and saving some money.
In order to avoid data loss issue or system revert issue, it’s highly recommended to backup Windows 10 system and databefore upgrading to Windows 10 Pro edition. No one, except yourself isn’t responsible for any data loss, so please don’t ignore this.
Difference between Windows 10 Home and Pro
The Home edition of Windows 10 is designed for home users, and is perfect for most users who do not need the advanced security and business features available in the Pro edition, like BitLocker,Group Policy, Domain Join, Remote Desktop, Hyper-V, and Azure Active Directory.
However, even if you don’t know what all this fancy words mean, you might want to gain full control of your PC instead of being dictated when to reload the system because of the next update.
Microsoft guys made it totally easy for us:
- Open Windows Store, log in with your Microsoft Account, click on your account icon and select Download and Updates;
- Select Store, click Update under Store;
Wait for the Windows Store update process to complete.
- After the update, search Windows 10 in the search box and click on it;
- After this, click Install to upgrade your Windows 10 from Home to Pro edition;
- Click Yes, let’s go to confirm the upgrade process.
Wait for the upgrade process to complete.
Upgrade is done. All you have to do now is to activate the Pro version. This can be done either by buying a key in a Microsoft store, or by using any Pro/Ultimate product key from an older version of Windows.
How to activate Windows 10 Pro
If you don’t have a Pro product key and you want to buy one, you can click Go to the Store and purchase the upgrade for $100. Easy.
However, if you have a product key for Windows 10 Pro, Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate, or Windows 8/8.1 Pro, you can click the Change Product Key button and enter that 25-character key here.
After entering the product key, follow the prompts to perform the upgrade.
You will see a succession of progress screens and your system will restart. After the upgrade completes, you should see a Success notification. Check the Activation screen again to confirm that you are now running Windows 10 Pro.
Your upgrade is now a digital license, attached to your unique hardware. If you perform a reinstallation of Windows, Microsoft’s activation servers will recognize the hardware and activate Windows 10 automatically. You will not need a previous version key anymore.
Congratulations and enjoy your new Windows 10 Professional operating system!