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    Upgrade Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro

    How to Upgrade Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro
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    24 Mar 2018
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    How to Upgrade Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro

    information   Information
    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 using the Store without losing anything.

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


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    Here's How:

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

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

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    3. Do step 4 (purchase) or step 5 (enter key) below for how you would like to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro.


     4. To Purchase Windows 10 Pro and Upgrade to Windows 10 Pro

    A) Click/tap on the $99.99 (US) button. (see screenshot below)

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

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

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    D) When finished purchasing Windows 10 Pro, go to step 6 below.


     5. To Enter a Product Key and Upgrade to Windows 10 Pro

    A) Click/tap on the I have a Windows 10 Pro product key link. (see screenshot below)

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

    C) Enter your product key, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below)
    Note   Note
    OEM product keys will not be accepted. It must be a retail key.

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

    If you have a digital entitlement 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 entitlement 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, enter the generic key below. This key will upgrade your device to Windows 10 Pro, but will not activate it.

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

    OR

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

    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.


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

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

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

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

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    10. Enjoy Windows 10 Pro.



    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    18 Oct 2016 #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.    10 Aug 2017 #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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       10 Aug 2017 #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.    11 Aug 2017 #4

    Thanks brink
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  5.    11 Aug 2017 #5

    Brink said: View Post
    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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       11 Aug 2017 #6

    b303487 said: View Post
    Thanks brink
    You're most welcome. :)
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  7.    20 Nov 2017 #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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       20 Nov 2017 #8

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       03 Jan 2018 #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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