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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.

21 Comments

  1. Michael Schindler

    Would it be possible to upgrade from Pro to a bought license of Enterprise?

  2. I think you require a fresh install using the Enterprise setup. You can upgrade from Ent to Ent, but not from Pro to Ent.

  3. Michael Schindler

    I just tried it and it works without fresh install. I simply changed the key to the enterprise version.

  4. Oh … I did not know it could be done. Thanks for this!

  5. Hi, I recently bought a new laptop, it has windows 8 home edition, now I need to upgrade it to Windows 10 pro edition. Is that possible? I already have key for windows 10 pro edition. And I have already installed visual studio 2015 which in high in volume in my system. So if I upgrade to windows 10 pro, will that software be there? Please help me. Thanks in advance.

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  6. Do you change from Home to Ent.. or Pro to Ent

  7. merome

    Is there a workaround to keep app and personal settings when upgrading to enterprise?

  8. Pau Guerra

    There is a problem by changing the key: if you try to reinstall Windows 10 Enterprise ISO, you can’t “Keep personal files and apps” or “Keep personal files only”. The only option available is “Nothing”.

    And from a Windows 10 Pro ISO, you need to change the key… and the option “Keep personal files and apps” is disabled too.

    Now I have an “hibrid” version of Windows 10! I hope that Windows Update solves this problem automatically…

  9. Paul Henry

    will windows remove my installed apps if i upgraded my windows 10 pro to enterprise?

  10. RegEBarclay

    Thanks for sharing this – I was trying to go straight from Home to Enterprise. Having read your article, I now know that I was wasting my time!

  11. Alex Voss

    Just go to Settings > Update and Security > Activity Tab. You must first do Home to Pro and then Pro to Enterprise providing you have the keys for both

  12. Alex Voss

    Just go to Settings > Update and Security > Activity Tab. You must first do Home to Pro and then Pro to Enterprise providing you have the keys for both – This will do it without the install

  13. Alex Voss

    Upgrade to 10 by changing the activation key: Just go to Settings > Update and Security > Activate Tab.

  14. Alex Voss

    Just go to Settings > Update and Security > Activiate Tab. You must first do Home to Pro and then Pro to Enterprise providing you have the keys for both

  15. Privat Privat

    Where can i buy a key for enterprise edition or and get a iso to install it with?

  16. Darlene Sapanta

    How much is the Microsoft 10 Enterprise? I seem cannot see any prices on the web.
    Thank you.

  17. frost1

    enterprise is a subscription service and from what i understand you need to buy packs of 5.unless you want to go the other route and give it a fake key slip method whitch isnt a legitamate activation

  18. Soe Yan Naing

    I thought Windows 10 Enterprise is free. But turns out it is not!!!!

  19. No it is not. This edition offers you a free trial.

  20. morningstar

    hello I have win 10 pro but I don’t have serial keys for enterprise. how can I upgrade to enterprise without serial keys?

  21. FreeLance Junkie

    I got mine from easy tech upgrades and it worked first time, only cost me $15.00 too! Should check it out

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