How to Upgrade From Windows 10 Home to Pro

If you need more power, here's how to upgrade

What to Know

  • Go to Start Menu > Settings > Update & Security > Activation > Go to the Store to purchase a Windows 10 Pro upgrade.
  • If you have a Windows 10 Pro product key, go to Start Menu > Settings > Updates and Security > Activation > Change product key.
  • To install Pro on another PC, re-enter the Windows 10 Home product key on current PC, then enter the Pro product key on new PC.

This article explains how to upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro via the Windows Store or by entering your Pro product key. You can find out which version of Windows you have by checking your system settings.

How to Upgrade Windows 10 Home to Pro via the Windows Store

If you haven't paid anything for Pro yet, and no one has handed you a copy, the most straightforward way to upgrade is from the Windows Store. Here's how:

  1. First, check for any pending Windows updates on your PC.

    Screenshot of Updates Available in Windows 10
  2. Next, select the Start Menu > Settings.

    Windows 10 Start > Settings
  3. Select Update & Security.

    Windows 10 Update & Security
  4. Select Activation in the left vertical menu.

    Windows 10 Activation
  5. Select Go to the Store. This link leads you to the Windows Store.

    Activation > Go to the Store
  6. To purchase the upgrade, select Buy.

    Buy Windows 10 Pro button
  7. Log in with your Microsoft account, then enter your payment method. Windows will immediately upgrade.

Person browsing the Microsoft Store for WIndows 10 Pro Upgrade

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Upgrade From Windows 10 Home to Pro via a Product Key/Digital License

If you have a copy of Windows 10 Pro you should also have a product key (alternately called a license key) to enable Windows 10 Pro. You'll need this key to replace your Windows Home product key.

Here's how to replace your current product key:

  1. Make sure you have the latest Windows updates.

  2. Navigate to Start Menu > Settings > Updates and Security > Activation.

    Windows 10 Activation
  3. Under Activation, select Change product key. The Product Key window opens.

  4. Enter the 25-digit Windows Pro product key.

    Enter a product key
  5. Select Next. If your key is correct, the installation starts immediately, and you'll soon get a message that Windows is upgraded.

Transferring Windows 10 Pro Upgrade to Another Machine

Since you had a full Windows 10 operating system before the Pro upgrade, you can remove the Pro upgrade from its current machine and then transfer it to another machine.

Complete this process online so that Microsoft can register that you removed the Pro upgrade.

To re-install your original Windows license, which will make the Pro upgrade available to install on another machine: 

  1. Look at the bottom of your Windows laptop, or on the top/side of a desktop tower. There might be a sticker showing your original Windows product key; alternatively, it might be in the manuals or other material that came in your PC's box.

  2. Go to Start Menu > Settings > Update & Security > Activation > Change Product Key.

    Windows 10 activation settings with the 'Change Product Key' option highlighted
  3. Enter the product key in the Change product key field to "downgrade" to your old Home license.

    Screenshot of Product Key window
  4. Your upgrade license is now freed up and can be installed on another machine.

  • How much does it cost to upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Pro?

    Originally, upgrading to Home Pro cost $99 for Windows 10 Home users, but you may be able to find it on sale for less.

  • Can I upgrade to Windows 10 Pro for free?

    No. Unless you already have a product key for Windows 10 Pro, you'll need to purchase one to upgrade.

  • Is it worth upgrading to Windows Pro?

    It depends on your needs. The main difference between Windows 10 Home and Pro is that the Pro version is mainly used for business purposes. The Home version will suffice for most individual users.

  • How do I upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11?

    To upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11, first, see if your computer meets the requirements. Then go to Start > Windows Update Settings > Check for updates. Select Download and Install under Upgrade to Windows 11.

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