How to upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Pro edition

Here are the instructions to upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro edition. Just keep in mind that it’ll cost you $99.

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Microsoft made available Windows 10 to the world on July 29, 2015, as a free upgrade for Windows 7 and later versions. However, users don’t get to pick the edition they will be upgrading.

If you’re running Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, or Windows 8.1, you will be upgraded to Windows 10 Home. Now, in the case the Home edition of Windows 10 is not the version you need, Microsoft, as in previous versions, is making it very simple to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro. (For more information about the which edition of Windows 10, you’ll be getting for free, check my previous article.) But, the company seems to have failed to make the upgrade option easy to find, as many users have already resource to the internet to find the answers, as such below you’ll find all the steps to upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro.

Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro

  1. Use the Windows + I keyboard shortcut to open the Settings app

  2. Navigate to Update & security and select Activation

  3. Windows 10 Home users will note the Go To Store button — Click it to continue

    Upgrade Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro

  4. 4. Purchase the upgrade for $99. After you complete the transaction, the Windows Setup process will take over to upgrade your system to the professional version of Windows 10.

For those wondering the Home edition of Windows 10 should be enough to tackle any task. You get the complete version of Windows 10 with Microsoft Edge, OneDrive, virtual desktops and snap, and more. Windows 10 Pro includes everything that is inside of the Home edition, plus join a Domain capability, BitLocker, Remote Desktop, Hyper-V, and Private Catalog.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].