How to upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Professional [Tip]

Are you using the Windows 10 home edition operating system? Nowadays, most PCs come with the Windows 10 Home edition installed in it. But if you’re willing to spend a few dollars, you can easily upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Professional edition. When you upgrade from the Windows 10 Home edition to Windows 10 Professional, there are a series of features available to you like remote desktop server, bitlocker drive encryption and integrated Hyper-V virtualization.

Process to Upgrade from Windows 10 Home

The upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Professional will cost you around $99.99 in the US, whereas in other parts it may vary a little. You can buy the license to upgrade from the home edition to the professional edition from the Windows store. Once you have the license, you can easily upgrade.

The license to upgrade to Windows 10 Professional is only for one system. Even though you can move the Windows 10 Home edition version to another system, the upgrade to Professional will work only in a single system.

It is more cost effective to purchase the Windows 10 Professional license for your new computer than purchasing the upgrade license key.

Steps to Make the Upgrade

The process to upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Professional starts with the Settings option. You need to move to the Settings from the Start menu. From settings, select the option “Update & Security” and then click on the option “Activation.” Windows 10 edition will be displayed there.

Click on the button “Go to Store” to purchase the Windows 10 Professional license by providing your Windows account and payment details.

After purchasing, Windows will send you the license key or product key to upgrade. Enter the product key to upgrade to Windows 10 Professional version. You will need to restart your system after a successful upgrade.

If you already have the Professional edition product key, then there is no need to click on “Go to Store” option from the Activation screen. Just enter that product key by clicking on the option “I have a Windows 10 product key” link. Follow the on-screen instructions and you will be upgraded automatically.

There are many features that you get when you upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Professional edition. Although some of the features may be available through other software companies that do the same thing, knowing that you have a true Windows version can set your mind at ease. Plus, buying the remote desktop and Hyper-V Virtualization separately may very well run you more than the upgrade.  

Conclusion

Windows 10 Home edition is sufficient for most people, but if you really are a power user and want all of the features the professional versions offers, upgrading is the easy way to get the Windows 10 Professional edition.

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  • Mikerman

    Thanks, Rob–that’s *precisely* the sort of info. I would have expected in the article here . . . .

  • robcr

    This is an interesting article on the differences. –
    http://www.howtogeek.com/222458/should-you-upgrade-to-the-professional-edition-of-windows-10/

    I recommend that people do NOT use Bitlocker for ‘KISS’ reasons.
    Also it will be like ransomware, if your windows gets stuffed (eg if you interrupt those flippin updates at a crucial time)

  • Mikerman

    With the greatest of respect, this article (and many others recently) is incredibly superficial. Is a guide really needed as to how to buy a piece of software? How about, instead or in addition, *why* to buy it, or not–the article says virtually nothing about Win 10 Pro’s additional features, when *that* should be the core of the article. IMHO, as a long-term dotTech reader.