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Published: December 10, 2015 | Applies to:

This how-to tutorial will show you the easiest way to upgrade Windows 10 Home to Pro edition using product key. 

As per the requirements of users, there are various editions of same Windows OS are available. Each of these editions differs from others – when you compare them technically. You can read about Windows 10 editions in detail, at point 10 of this article.

Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Professional (or Pro) editions are most used editions of Windows OS series. Generally, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) prefer to offer Windows 10 Home on new machines they sell. While most of the users wants to use Pro edition, since it has all those features which they’ll need.

Differences Between Windows 10 Home And Pro

Though there are many differences between Home and Pro edition, if you compare technically. The most common differences in terms of features are as follows:

How To Upgrade Windows 10 Home To Pro Edition

This comparison list gives us the answer to – why a user should consider himself to upgrade for Pro edition? And the answer is – To get more out of his Windows 10.

How To Upgrade Windows 10 Home To Pro Edition

There is an older way to upgrade from Home to Pro edition using Windows Store. But in this article, we’re going to share you a new and handy method for same upgrade. Charles, a Microsoft employee, shared a unique product key in his reply on a community thread. Using this product key you can easily convert your Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro (see below picture for his reply on a Microsoft Community thread).

How To Upgrade Windows 10 Home To Pro Edition

We used the same product key and it worked perfectly. Here are the complete steps for upgrading:

1. On your Windows 10 Home, open Settings app and go to Update & security > Activation. In the right pane of this window, click Change product key.

How To Upgrade Windows 10 Home To Pro Edition

2. Then provide UAC permissions for this operation by clicking Yes here:

How To Upgrade Windows 10 Home To Pro Edition

3. Next, type following product key in Enter a product key prompt:


How To Upgrade Windows 10 Home To Pro Edition

4. Moving on, click on Start upgrade button then.

How To Upgrade Windows 10 Home To Pro Edition

Now your Windows 10 will prepare for upgrading the edition. Please wait and track the progress here. Your system will shut down now.

How To Upgrade Windows 10 Home To Pro Edition

While system is turning off, you’ll see following screen:

How To Upgrade Windows 10 Home To Pro Edition

5. After restart, you’ll see adding features screen. Once this is completed to 100%, you can log on to your upgraded Windows 10 Pro edition.

How To Upgrade Windows 10 Home To Pro Edition

6. This confirmation prompt appearing after logon confirms that upgrade was successful.

How To Upgrade Windows 10 Home To Pro Edition

7. Finally, open Activation screen in Settings app to re-confirm your addition and activate it.

How To Upgrade Windows 10 Home To Pro Edition

Checkout following video for live illustration of this method:

Enjoy the extended features of Windows 10 Pro!

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  • Thanks! Awesome ^_^

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Glad you liked it! :)

  • This is probably a stupid question but…what if you don’t have your own key to activate Pro? Can I get it for free? I did have Windows 7 Ultimate but couldn’t find the key anywhere so had to get Windows 10 Home.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ If you’re on Windows 10 Home, give a try to this method and see if you can upgrade to Pro :)

  • Hi there,
    Probably its so late i tried this tutorial or hack
    i had the Windows 7 edition which was permanently activated which came with the computer so then i had the option of recovering to windows7 with the computer
    i did upgrade to windows 10 home and when i activated it to windows pro with the key you provided it got activated. but it says there’s been an activation failure ,previously it had the valid digital entitlement and NOW IT DOESN’T

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Please refer:

  • Do we need to off our network?
    Reply Please

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Nope!

  • sir i have windows 7 home basic product keys, now i am using windows 10 home activated, can i upgrade to windows 10 pro.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ This usually works in the case when you install Windows 10 from ISO file having both the editions and you installed Home version first. Following that, you can upgrade to Pro using above mentioned steps. But as your case is of upgrade from Windows 7, I’m not sure this will work for you. But if you like, you may give it a try 😊

  • Thank you very much. It worked!

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Glad we could help 😎

  • Hi Kapil
    I have 12 windows 10 pro in the office, hooked to win server 2012 R2. With recent 1607 anniversary upgrades we had a lot of issues and three of the computers had to be reinstalled. All three were unfortunately home; upgraded to pro in Oct via separatly purchased licenses; and on reinstalling they were lost. You can imagine more than 70-80 hours of time spent round and round with MS TS on chats and phones getting help. I had to purchase one of the three licenses again! ..
    With that background, now I realize that two of the three machines are not connecting to the server as they used to be.. !! Is it the 1607? Where could the conflict be? I keep maintaining that the computer upgrades are still an issue and need to be fixed; but the MS support team always directs me to MS commercial support for enormous amounts of money! Insane! Nobody listens..
    You have any insight how to fix this? Bothe the machines show ‘active win 10 pro’; connect well to the server; but on restarting and trying to log into the domain, dont recognize the username and pw!

    please help .. thanks

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Use Media Creation Tool to reinstall the edition you want: Since you’ve separately purchased license, you can use them to activate, after reinstall.

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