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With this guide we will show you how to upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro using a standard Windows 10 Pro OEM licensing key without having to reinstall everything.

 

If you were to install Windows 10 Pro on a computer with Windows 8, 8.1 or Windows 10 Home the installation will automatically use the exciting product key integrated in the BIOS/UEFI of the computer and install Windows 10 Home on the computer. The cause of this is that Microsoft has chosen to combine the installation medias for Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro in one shared installation media which as a standard will not ask for a product key during installation if one is already present in the BIOS/UEFI of the computer.

To solve this problem and correctly install ones Windows 10 Pro one just has to follow this instruction after the installation in order to upgrade Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro.

 

In the case of Windows 10 Home already being installedand the only need is to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro without having to reinstall all you have to do is follow these instructions.

 

Naturally a valid standard Windows 10 Pro product key is needed to activate Windows after the upgrade.

 

NOTE: It is not possible to upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro using a hybrid product key as this type of product key only is compatible with new installations. Instead follow the instructions in the link below for the installation using the product key for Windows 10 Pro instead of the product key integrated in Windows 8, 8.1 or 10 Home.

 

  1. Start by right clicking the Windows start button in the lower left corner of your desktop in order to open the menu. Choose ‘System’ in the menu.

 

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  1. On the right side of the system window scroll down to Windows-specifications and click on the link ‘Change product key or upgrade your version of Windows’.

 

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  1. Choose ’Change product key’ in the right side of the window to activate.

 

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  1. Type the generic product key for Windows 10 Pro found in the product key box. Now click on the ‘Next’ botton to continue.

 

 

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  1. Now you are ready to begin upgrading to Windows 10 Pro but before you begin you are adviced to save your work and end all programs as the computer will have to restart during the installation.

 

Click the ’Start’ button to initiate the upgrade.

 

NOTE: If a pop-up warning telling you that your version is not suitable for an upgrade; close this message and start over with the upgrade. When you reach the same point again, cut the internet connection before you click the ‘Start’ button and do not reconnect until the computer has restarted itself.

 

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  1. The upgrade is now prepared and will initiate automatically when ready.

 

 NOTE: The preparation process may stop at 100% for a while but it is important that you do not disrupt the process or restart your computer even though you suspect that it might be disconnected.

 

 

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  1. To be able to activate Windows 10 Pro after the upgrade is complete you have to change the generic product key to your own Windows 10 Pro product key.

 

Right click the Windows start button located in the bottom left corner and choose ‘System’ in the menu.

 

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  1. In the right side of the box you choose Windows-specifications and click the link ’Change product key or upgrade your version of Windows’.

 

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  1. Click ’Change Product Key’ in the right side of the box.

 

 

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  1. Enter / insert the product key for Windows 10 Pro. You will find it in the delivery mail. Click the ‘next’ button to continue.

 

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  1. At this point you are ready to activate Windows 10 Pro and all you have to do is click the ‘Activate’ button to finalize the activation.

 

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  1. Now your ”Windows 10 Professional” is activated and ready for use.

 

Click the ’Close’ button to conclude the activation.

 

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Enjoy!

 

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