If you’ve decided to give your Windows 10 an edition upgrade from Home to Pro Edition, here’s how to quickly upgrade Windows 10 Home to Pro without losing data or other hassles.
The Windows 10 edition upgrade from Home to Pro can be done easily if you already have the product key with you. Apart from this, you can also purchase the license directly from Windows Store and apply the upgrade on the spot. Here’s how.
How to upgrade Windows 10 Home to Pro
The upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Pro Edition can be done without reinstalling Windows, formatting your PC, or other huge works that we usually used to do back in the day when we upgrade older Windows version such as Windows 7, 8 and XP. Here’s how to upgrade Windows 10 Home to Pro without losing any of your data by clicking just a few buttons .
First off, go to start menu. Click on the Settings icon – the gear icon at the left. Select Update & Security. From the left pane, select Activation. You should then be able to see two buttons – Change product key, and Go to Store.
There can be two scenarios here:
- You’ve purchased the edition license else where and have the license product key ready with you.
- You haven’t made any purchase yet and want to upgrade from the Windows Store.
Upgrade Windows 10 Home to Pro with product key
For the first situation where you already have the legit Windows 10 Pro product license key with you, in the Activation setting window, click on the Change product key. Enter your new product key in the given field.
Once the product key is validated, you should then be able to see the screen that reads Upgrade your edition of Windows. Simply click on the Start upgrade button to begin the upgrade process.
The Windows 10 Home to Pro upgrade process may take a while. Sit back and relax while the upgrade is taking place. It’s completely normal that your PC will restart several times itself during the process. Do not interrupt upgrade during the entire process.
When the upgrade is completed, you should see the Edition upgrade completed – you’re all done and your PC is ready to go screen. Click on Close button and then your PC should boot into Windows 10 Pro Edition.
Upgrade Windows 10 Home to Pro by purchasing in Windows Store
If you don’t already have the Windows 10 Pro retail or OEM product key, you can purchase the Edition from the Windows Store and upgrade Windows 10 Home to Pro without product key.
In the Windows Activation setting as outlined above, click on the Go to Store button. Windows should launch the Microsoft Store immediately and take you to the Windows 10 Pro edition product page. From there, you can make your purchase by clicking on the Buy button.
After making the payment and the transaction shows completed, the upgrade should start automatically. Similarly, your PC will restart several times itself during the upgrade process. Do not interrupt the process by any means. Once the upgrade is completed, your PC will boot into Windows 10 Pro.
In some rare cases where the Windows 10 Home to Pro upgrade doesn’t start itself after purchasing from Windows Store, get the product key and use the method above to upgrade Windows 10 Home to Pro edition with product key.
Update: It’s worth noting that since awhile ago, Microsoft has stopped providing free upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 regardless of Home or Pro Edition. For now, if you want to upgrade to Windows 10 Home or Pro Edition from previous version of Windows, you will need to purchase the Windows 10 Home to Pro upgrade license with a price that cost $99 in USD or its equivalent from Microsoft Store.
If you’re attempting to upgrade Windows 10 Home to Pro using ISO, you will need a genuine product license key ready with you for validation during the upgrade process. Related discussion – How to download Windows 10 ISO.