Upgrade 11 Home to Pro for free?


poe

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I successfully upgraded my 10 Home machine to 10 Pro a few years ago for free using a Win 7 Pro key.

I don't suppose there is a known way to upgrade 11 Home to Pro for free?
 

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    i7 11700
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Is that the same machine? then it should work the same, if not it will warn you and not upgrade or BUY a key
 

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    Alienware Area 51m R2
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    10th Gen Core i9 10900K
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    32GB
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    Geforce RTX 2080 Super
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    Nvidia HD
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    Dual Boot Windows 11 Pro / Windows 11 Pro Dev build
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    Dell Inspiron 3501
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    11th Gen i-7 2.80 gb
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poe

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Is that the same machine?
Sorry, I omitted that info - it's a new Windows 11 Home machine. So, yes, I will buy a key. Thanks.

(I would have bought a new machine with 11 Pro except it would have cost me $300 more than the Home machine due to a Black Friday deal).
 

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    Windows 11 Home
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    Dell XPS 8940
    CPU
    i7 11700
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650
    Hard Drives
    256 GB SSD
    1 TB HDD

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If you can find a spare win7/8/8.1 key you could try that. @NavyLCDR got one for ten bucks or something like that. perhaps you could ask him how it works.
 

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a friend of mine tried a 8.1 pro key for windows 11 and it did not work, so i wound up buying a pro upgrade myself. suppose it could be hit and miss with ms activation servers.
 

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    Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 15IMH05
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    Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-10300H CPU @ 2.50GHz
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    Lenovo
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    256gb nvme / 1tb hard drive all built in. and 2 external 1tb seagate drives
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a friend of mine tried a 8.1 pro key for windows 11 and it did not work, so i wound up buying a pro upgrade myself. suppose it could be hit and miss with ms activation servers.
More likely key did not match e.g. a MAK key, or key has been blocked. A full retail 8.1 key should work fine, and even in most cases an OEM key would work.
 

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    ASUS Vivobook 14
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    I7
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    Yep, Laptop has one.
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    16 GB
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    Integrated Intel Iris XE
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    Realtek built in
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    N/A
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    1920x1080
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    1 TB Optane NVME SSD, 1 TB NVME SSD
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    Yep, got one
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    AMD
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    AMD Ryzen 7 5800X 8 Core
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    Gigabyte X570 Aorus Pro WiFi
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    32 GB
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    PCI Express 3.0 x16: PowerColor RX Vega 56 Red Dragon
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    Realtek ALC1220 and AMD Greenland - High Definition Audio Controller
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    2 - 27 inch Westinghouse
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a friend of mine tried a 8.1 pro key for windows 11 and it did not work....
A clean install of Pro using a W7 or W8/8.1 key usually won't work. But once Home is installed it can be upgraded to Pro by changing the installed key to a W7/8/8.1 Pro key.

I successfully upgraded my 10 Home machine to 10 Pro a few years ago for free using a Win 7 Pro key.
No, it was not 'free'. You 'paid' for it by using up a Win 7 Pro key.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Home
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    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire 3 A315-23
    CPU
    AMD Athlon Silver 3050U
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon Graphics
    Monitor(s) Displays
    laptop screen
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768 native resolution, up to 2560x1440 with Radeon Virtual Super Resolution
    Hard Drives
    1TB HDD
    Browser
    Edge, Firefox
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    Defender
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    fully 'Windows 11 ready' laptop. Windows 10 C: partition migrated from my old unsupported 'main machine' then upgraded to 11. A test migration ran Insider builds for 2 months. When 11 was released on 5th October it was re-imaged back to 10 and was offered the upgrade in Windows Update on 20th October.


    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.
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    Dell Lattitude E4310
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    i5 M 520
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    0T6M8G
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    4GB
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    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    500GB HDD
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    unsupported machine: Legacy bios, MBR, TPM 1.2, upgraded from W10 to W11 using W10/W11 hybrid install media workaround.


    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.

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A clean install of Pro using a W7 or W8/8.1 key usually won't work. But once Home is installed it can be upgraded to Pro by changing the installed key to a W7/8/8.1 Pro key.
If you do the clean install with the generic product key or disconnect from the internet and upgrade using the generic product key, then you can activate the clean install or upgrade with the Windows 7/8/8.1 product key. However, entering the product key during the Windows setup phase, or to attempt to trigger the upgrade sometimes will not work.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Homebuilt
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Crosshair VII Hero (WiFi)
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Education
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 7773
    CPU
    Intel i7-8550U
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Nvidia Geforce MX150
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Toshiba 512GB NVMe SSD
    SK Hynix 512GB SATA SSD
    Internet Speed
    Fast!
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