Buy a laptop with home and upgrade to pro?


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question would be that does she need the pro features? Not likely yet you can install pro but believe you need a pro key.
 

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The answer is yes.
 

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you certainly can upgrade it, but the question really is whether it's worth the money to do the upgrade. Pro doesn't bring that much more to the table for the majority of people.
 

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I bought a new Notebook Oct. 2021 with Win10 Pro, included the free Win11 Pro Upgrade, many are still being advertised that way. If it comes with Home it will upgrade to home, same for Pro. It's the embedded key on OEM computers [beginning with Win8] that determines what is activated but I've done some Win10 upgrading to Pro by entering a Win7 or Win8/8.1 Pro key. Haven't been blessed with having to do it on a Custom or self-built machine yet.
 

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you certainly can upgrade it, but the question really is whether it's worth the money to do the upgrade. Pro doesn't bring that much more to the table for the majority of people.
I would tend to trust the OP on that matter; they already to know that they would prefer Pro. Also, it's really a matter of what your specific needs are. Other than for setting up a test VM, I have not used Home on any system in a least a decade. If I get a machine with Home on it, it gets upgraded to Pro within a matter of the first few minutes in my possession :-)
 

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I would tend to trust the OP on that matter; they already to know that they would prefer Pro. Also, it's really a matter of what your specific needs are. Other than for setting up a test VM, I have not used Home on any system in a least a decade. If I get a machine with Home on it, it gets upgraded to Pro within a matter of the first few minutes in my possession :-)
Oh, for sure, they have to make the final call. But I think many people just hear the word Pro and assume it must be the far better version and want to get on that to make sure they aren't missing anything. But if they aren't joining domain, and they aren't running Hyper-V, aren't going to mess with group policy, or they don't need to RDP into the box, they may not need it.
 

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I need to buy a W11 laptop for my mom. If I buy her one with W11 home, can I up that to Pro (OEM) at some point?
Yes. You just need to purchase Pro. The upgrade from Home to Pro just installs the Pro features, keeping all your installed apps and files.


But is it worth the expense? I have several Win11 laptops, both Home and Pro. There's little to choose between them for most things, not unless you really need Hyper-V or Bitlocker encryption.
 

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Yes. You just need to purchase Pro. The upgrade from Home to Pro just installs the Pro features, keeping all your installed apps and files.


But is it worth the expense? I have several Win11 laptops, both Home and Pro. There's little to choose between them for most things, not unless you really need Hyper-V or Bitlocker encryption.
Or Remote Desktop Server - but that can be enabled on Home using RDP Wrapper. Hyper-V can also be enabled on Home as well.

Or group policy editor - that is pretty much exclusive to Pro and methods of enabling group police on Home don't work very well.
 

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Hi all

I need to buy a W11 laptop for my mom. If I buy her one with W11 home, can I up that to Pro (OEM) at some point?
Not wishing to be patronising but your average mum does not really need to use Pro features.

Why do you suggest upgrading to Pro which is possible but maybe an unnecessary expense?
 

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Just to add, even tho many places will sell you a standalone OEM key, its not valid/legal/legit. OEM is meant to go with a computer, RETAIL is the stand alone key
 

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You can change an OEM license to retail simply by changing the product key to the retail generic product key for the edition of Windows 10/11 installed. You change a Retail License to OEM by changing the product key to the OEM generic product key for the edition of Windows 10/11.

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    ASUS ROG Crosshair VII Hero (WiFi)
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    32GB
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    EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
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    Windows 11 Education
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    Laptop
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    Dell Inspiron 7773
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    Intel i7-8550U
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    32GB
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    Nvidia Geforce MX150
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    Realtek
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    Toshiba 512GB NVMe SSD
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