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How to Upgrade to Windows 10 Pro from Home Edition

As Windows 10 upgrades have reached the 100 million milestone worldwide, many Windows 7 or 8/8.1 users may want to upgrade their free Windows 10 Home edition to Windows 10 Pro.

The current edition of your existing Windows 7 or 8/8.1 installation will determine what edition of Windows 10 you will be upgraded into. The upgrade paths from various Windows 7 editions and Windows 8/8.1 editions to Windows 10 is listed in the table below:

Windows 10 upgrade paths. (Image Credit: Microsoft)
Windows 10 upgrade paths. (Image Credit: Microsoft)

 

To perform the upgrade, you will need to know a few things. First, you need to be a local admin on the machine. That goes without saying, but you’d be amazed how many people neglect this small aspect. Second, you need a valid serial key for the Pro edition. If you don’t have one already, you will need to purchase one for $99.99. Third, you need some time. Not too much, about 5 to 10 minutes depending on the speed of your computer. Oh, and a reboot.

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Follow the steps outlined below to upgrade your Windows 10 Home edition to the Pro edition:

1. Check to see what version you’re currently running. One way of doing this is by going to the System properties page that’s accessible by right-clicking This PC and selecting Properties.

Notice the current edition of Windows that’s outlined in red in the image below. You can also note the Product ID at the bottom, which we’ll see that it changed after the upgrade.

Windows 10 product information. (Image Credit: Daniel Petri)
Windows 10 product information. (Image Credit: Daniel Petri)

1. Launch the Settings app from the Start menu. You can use a shortcut by clicking on the Windows key + I.

Launching the settings app in Windows 10. (Image Credit: Daniel Petri)
Launching the settings app in Windows 10. (Image Credit: Daniel Petri)

2. In the Settings page, click on Update & Security.

Windows 10 settings options. (Image Credit: Daniel Petri)
Windows 10 settings options. (Image Credit: Daniel Petri)

3. Click on Activation.

Windows 10 activation menu. (Image Credit: Daniel Petri)
Windows 10 activation menu. (Image Credit: Daniel Petri)

4. Notice that Windows 10 is running the Home edition and is currently activated. Click on Go to Store, which will launch with a special upgrade page.

Update and security settings in Windows 10. (Image Credit: Daniel Petri)
Update and security settings in Windows 10. (Image Credit: Daniel Petri)

5. In the Store application, in the Home tab, you will see Upgrade to Windows 10 Pro, followed by a blue button. If you do not have a Pro edition product key, you will need to click on that button and pay $99.99.

Once you complete the purchase, Windows 10 will turn into the Pro edition and activate the relevant extra features once the bits have been downloaded.

6. If you already have a product key you can avoid having to pay for it. Click on “I have a Windows 10 Pro product key” just below the $99.99 button.

Inserting a product key. (Image Credit: Daniel Petri)
Inserting a product key. (Image Credit: Daniel Petri)

7. Enter your Windows 10 Pro product key. Click “Start Upgrade”.

Starting the Windows 10 upgrade. (Image Credit: Daniel Petri)
Starting the Windows 10 upgrade. (Image Credit: Daniel Petri)

It will take the system a few moments do download the relevant bits.

Preparing for the Windows 10 upgrade. (Image Credit: Daniel Petri)
Preparing for the Windows 10 upgrade. (Image Credit: Daniel Petri)

8. Now your copy of Windows has been upgraded to Pro.

Edition upgrade completed. (Image Credit: Daniel Petri)
Edition upgrade completed. (Image Credit: Daniel Petri)

You can verify this in the System properties page.

Windows 10 has been successfully upgraded to the Pro edition. (Image Credit: Daniel Petri)
Windows 10 has been successfully upgraded to the Pro edition. (Image Credit: Daniel Petri)

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