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    Upgrade Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro

    How to Upgrade Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro
    Published by Category: Installation & Upgrade
    27 Jul 2021
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    How to Upgrade Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro


    Upgrading your edition will add new features to Windows.

    This tutorial will show you how to quickly upgrade Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro without losing anything.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to upgrade your edition of Windows 10.


    To upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro, you'll need either a digital license or a valid product key:

    • A digital license for Windows 10 Pro for the device you're upgrading. You'll have a digital license if Windows 10 Pro was already installed and activated on your device.
    • A valid Windows 10 Pro product key.
    • A valid Windows 8 Pro or Windows 8.1 Pro product key (including Windows 8 Pro Pack and Windows 8.1 Pro Pack product keys).
    • A valid Windows 7 Ultimate or Windows 7 Professional product key.

    Use the following chart to determine which activation method you'll use:

    If you got Windows 10 by... Activation method
    Upgrading to Windows 10 for free from an eligible device running a genuine copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. Digital license
    Buying a Windows 10 Pro upgrade from the Microsoft Store and successfully activated Windows 10. Digital license
    Being a Windows Insider and upgrading to the newest Windows 10 Insider Preview build on an eligible device that was running an activated earlier version of Windows and Windows 10 Preview. Digital license
    Buying genuine Windows 10 from the Microsoft Store app. Digital license
    Buying a copy of Windows 10 from an authorized retailer. Product key

    Find it on a label inside the Windows 10 box. A digital license will be given to your device for Windows 10 based on the valid product key you entered.

    If you bought your PC from a manufacturer, the manufacturer, not Microsoft, must provide a product key.
    Buying a digital copy of Windows 10 from an authorized retailer. Product key

    Find it in the confirmation email you received after buying Windows 10 or in a digital locker accessible through the retailerís website.

    A digital license will be given to your device for Windows 10 based on the valid product key you entered.
    Having a Volume Licensing agreement for Windows 10 or MSDN subscription. Product key

    It is available through the web portal for your program.
    Buying a new or refurbished device running Windows 10. Product key

    It is preinstalled on your device, included with the device packaging, or included as a card or on the Certificate of Authenticity (COA) attached to the device.

    If you bought a refurbished PC, the refurbisher, not Microsoft, must provide you a product key.
    Buying from the Microsoft store online www.microsoft.com Product key
    Find it in the confirmation email that contains the order history.

    Upgrade Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro-rs3-edition_upgrade_and_editition_switch.jpg Upgrade Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro-track_how_to_move_between_editions.jpg



    Here's How:

    1 In your Windows 10 Home PC, open Settings, and click/tap on the Update & Security icon.

    2 Do step 3 (purchase) or step 4 (enter key) below for how you would like to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro.


    3 To Purchase Windows 10 Pro from Microsoft Store and Upgrade to Windows 10 Pro

    A) Click/tap on Activation on the left side, and click/tap on the Go to the Store link on the right side. (see screenshot below)

    Upgrade Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro-upgrade_windows10_home_to_pro-1.jpg

    B) Click/tap on the Buy button for $99.00 (US). (see screenshot below)

    Upgrade Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro-upgrade_windows10_home_to_pro-2.jpg

    C) Enter your password or PIN to confirm it's you. (see screenshot below)

    Upgrade Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro-upgrade_windows10_home_to_pro-2b.png

    D) Follow the rest of the onscreen instructions to buy Windows 10 Pro. (see screenshot below)

    Upgrade Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro-upgrade_windows10_home_to_pro-2c.png

    E) When finished purchasing Windows 10 Pro, go to step 5 below.


    4 To Enter a Product Key and Upgrade to Windows 10 Pro

    A) Click/tap on Activation on the left side, and click/tap on the Change product key link on the right side. (see screenshot below)

    Upgrade Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro-upgrade_windows10_home_to_pro-3.jpg

    B) If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes.

    C) Enter your Windows 10 Pro product key, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below)

    Digital licenses are associated with your hardware and can be linked to your Microsoft account. If you don't have a digital license, you'll use a product key to activate.

    OEM product keys will not be accepted. You must use a retail product key.

    If you already installed and activated Windows 10 Pro on your device, you will have a digital license that allows you to upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro without using a product key.

    If you have a digital license for Windows 10 Pro, and Windows 10 Home is currently activated on your device, you'll be prompted to start the upgrade to Windows 10 Pro for free.

    If you have a digital license for Windows 10 Pro, but Windows 10 Home isn't activated on your device, you can either choose to buy Windows 10 Home or upgrade to Windows 10 Pro for free.

    To upgrade from Windows 10 Home if you have a Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Pro Pack, Windows 8.1 Pro, or Windows 8.1 Pro Pack product key, you can enter the generic key below. This key will upgrade your device to Windows 10 Pro, but will not activate it. After your device is upgraded to Windows 10 Pro, you'll need to activate Windows with your Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Pro Pack, Windows 8.1 Pro, or Windows 8.1 Pro Pack product key.

    (Windows 10 Pro)
    VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T

    OR

    (Windows 10 Pro N)
    2B87N-8KFHP-DKV6R-Y2C8J-PKCKT

    Upgrade Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro-upgrade_windows10_home_to_pro-3b.png

    5 Click/tap on Start to begin. (see screenshot below)

    Upgrade Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro-w10_home_to_pro_for_workstations-2.png

    6 Windows will now start preparing for upgrade. (see screenshot below)

    Upgrade Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro-upgrade_windows10_home_to_pro-5.png

    7 When finished preparing, your Windows will automatically restart and start upgrading to Windows 10 Pro. (see screenshots below)

    Upgrade Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro-upgrade_windows10_home_to_pro-6.png

    8 When finished upgrading, sign back in to your account, and click/tap on Close. (see screenshot below)

    Upgrade Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro-upgrade_windows10_home_to_pro-7.jpg

    9 Enjoy Windows 10 Pro.


    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Superfly's Avatar
    Posts : 3,439
       #1

    Here's an FYI.

    Upgraded Win 10 Home to Pro with a Win 7 Pro retail key.

    Surprisingly enough, Win 10 Home accepted the Win 7 key in the "Change product key" dialog, and proceeded to upgrade to Win 10 Pro.

    Once done, it went online and activated the Pro install with a digital licence automatically.

    Now, how geeky-licious is that?
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  2. Posts : 2
    windows 10
       #2

    Hardware constraints?


    Hello

    Thanks for the useful guide.

    I would like to install Windows 10 Pro on a device that appears to be only available for purchase with Windows 10 Home installed. The devices that I am looking at are listed below:

    - HP Spectre X360 15: http://store.hp.com/UKStore/Merch/Pr...pt=ABU&sel=NTB
    - Lenovo Yoga 720 15: Shopping basket | Lenovo UK

    Would the guide listed here work with these devices? are there any hardware requirements to allow a successful upgrade?

    Thanks in advance.

    Ali
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  3. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 60,487
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Hello Ali, and welcome to Ten Forums. :)

    You shouldn't have any issues upgrading from Windows 10 Home to Pro on those PCs.

    If you like, there's often an option to customize your PC order to select which Windows 10 (Home or Pro) you want preinstalled on it.
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  4. Posts : 2
    windows 10
       #4

    Thanks brink
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  5. cereberus's Avatar
    Posts : 12,883
    Windows10
       #5

    Brink said:
    Hello Ali, and welcome to Ten Forums. :)

    You shouldn't have any issues upgrading from Windows 10 Home to Pro on those PCs.

    If you like, there's often an option to customize your PC order to select which Windows 10 (Home or Pro) you want preinstalled on it.
    I even upgraded my Linx 8 32bit Atom tablet to Pro without any issues.
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  6. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 60,487
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #6

    b303487 said:
    Thanks brink
    You're most welcome. :)
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  7. jimbo45's Avatar
    Posts : 11,062
    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux
       #7

    Hi there.
    @Brink

    Tried clean installing again .

    Thanks for the instructions --but :

    Whatever I did it wanted to charge a Credit card 121 EUR -- however when I entered product key of BOLL----- and hit enter it then went to the upgrade screen and nothing taken off Credit card(s).

    I never gave Credit card numbers either.

    What a Dogs dinner !!!

    Anyway thanks --all working now with clean installs.

    Looks like the magic word is that one which starts with BOLL* and means "Little Round Objects" so somebody in Ms is on the same wavelength as me !!!!!!.

    All fixed so solution solved -- enter BOLL at enter product key in the first group of characters if you already have a digital licence !!!!!.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  8. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 60,487
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #8

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  9. Posts : 1
    Windows 10 Professional
       #9

    At step 5, OEM "product keys will not be accepted" It must be a retail key. This is not entirely true. If you try to upgrade from Windows 10 home(oem) and enter VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T it will reject it (error 0xC004F050 I believe). However if you unplug your network cable at step 6, then press Start, it will proceed to upgrade to Windows 10 pro. Once your pc has restarted you can then enter your own Windows 10 professional key. This saves you from having to do a complete re-install with a modified ei.cfg etc. (This was tested on a fully up to date Windows 10 home system)
    Last edited by Tsxy; 03 Jan 2018 at 18:25. Reason: readability
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