Windows 10 is basically available in two editions for end consumers: Home and Pro. The Home edition offers all the features sans the advanced features like Group Policy Editor and Remote Desktop available in the Pro edition.
Like its predecessors, Windows 10 also offers users upgrade from the Home edition to Pro for a fee, and more importantly, one can upgrade to Pro edition without losing data and installed programs. The procedure is to upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Pro edition is fairly easy and doesn’t require a clean install.
While it’s a good idea to buy the upgrade license before upgrading to Pro edition, it seems like there is a way to upgrade to Pro edition from Home without having to purchase the license first.
Please don’t mistake us, we are not saying that it’s possible to activate Windows 10 Pro or upgrade to Pro without buying a license. We are just saying that it’s possible to legally upgrade from Home to Pro edition using a generic product key provided by Microsoft and one needs to buy a genuine key from Microsoft in order to activate the upgraded Pro install.
Generic key to upgrade from Home to Pro edition
According to Charles, moderator at Microsoft forums, one can use the below mentioned key to legally upgrade from Home to Pro edition with ease. The best thing about this key is that, it makes upgrading to Pro edition a little easier than the standard procedure.
In order to upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Pro edition using the above product key, open Settings, click Update & security, click Activation, click Change product key, enter the above mentioned product key, and then click Start upgrade button to begin upgrading your Windows 10 Home edition installation to Pro.
The above product key makes upgrading from Home to Pro edition a straight-forward job. Once the upgrade is one, you can purchase the upgrade license from Microsoft, and then enter the product key to activate your copy of Windows 10 Pro.