How to upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Pro, Pro to Enterprise

If you want to know how you can upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Pro or from Windows Pro to Enterprise, then you are in the right place. This post will show you how to effect the upgrade.

Windows 10 is free for upgrade for genuine installs of Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1. You get to upgrade to distinct editions of Windows 10, based on the editions of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 you are running. If you are running Windows 7 Home for example, you will be upgraded to Windows 10 Home. If you are running Windows 8.1 Pro, you will be on Windows 10 Pro. If you want Windows 10 Enterprise or Education, you will have to buy them before upgrading.

Windows 10 Pro offers some additional features like BitLocker, Hyper-V, Remote Desktop, etc. Windows 10 Enterprise offers even more features which are suitable for large corporates like Device Guard, Enterprise Data Protection, Microsoft Passport and so on. Built-in applications like Mail, Calendar, People, Photos, Cortana and many such apps are not available on Enterprise edition. Also the Enterprise users would not be able to use Windows Store for downloading apps.You can get the full details here – Windows 10 editions comparison.

Upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Pro

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Open Settings > Update and Security > Activation.

Click on the Go to Store button.

The Windows Store app will launch and take you to the appropriate page. Click on the Buy button and complete the process. It will cost USD 99 or its equivalent.

Once you complete the transaction, the upgrade process will start.

If you already have a Windows 10 product key, click on the Change product key button and enter it.

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Once the product key is validated, you will see the following screen.

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Click on Start upgrade to start the upgrade process.

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Your PC may restart one or two times and once the upgrade is completed, you will see the following screen.

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You will now be taken to your Windows 10 Pro desktop.

You can use this default product key to upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Pro Free.

Upgrade from Windows 10 Pro to Enterprise

The Windows 10 free upgrade offer, does not include Enterprise editions. You will not be able to upgrade Windows 8.1 / 7 Enterprise Edition to Windows 10 Enterprise Edition. You will be required to pay.

As far as upgrading from Windows 10 Pro to Windows 10 Enterprise is concerned, it is not possible. You will have to buy the edition. Bulk licensing is negotiable with Microsoft. You can download the 90-day evaluation of Windows 10 Enterprise Trial and test drive it, before you decide. This way you can not only check out what it has to offer but also test your existing software and ensure that your hardware meets the specifications.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.