Upgrade Windows 10 Home to Windows 11 Pro?

Bill4321

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Hi Guys

I've been on the Dev channel for Win11 since it was first offered a few weeks back and so far am loving it. Yeah there has been the odd small issue but nothing that I can't work around. My laptop is just a few months old and fully compliant with the specs required to run it. All's good.

The thing is, this laptop shipped with Win10 Home and I want to upgrade to Win11 Pro.

So the question is, do you think that I can buy a Windows10 Pro key from an online retailer and use that? I'm thinking that it'll be ok but I'm not 100% sure.

If I can, can anyone suggest a decent retailer? Looking online through Ebay or whatever is a minefield. I just want to buy a genuine retail key through a genuine seller.

Thanks

Bill
 
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I think you need a copy of the pro version of Windows for the pro key to work. You likely will not be able to use the pro key with the home version and get pro. As for purchase,., avoid Ebay.. use Amazon etc.
 

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Hi BunnyJ

Ah ok, I'll put this down to a cunning plan that failed then :) No worries though, I'll see if I can upgrade through the MS store thingy.

Thanks for taking the time out to reply.

Cheers

Bill
 

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Hi BunnyJ

Ah ok, I'll put this down to a cunning plan that failed then :) No worries though, I'll see if I can upgrade through the MS store thingy.

Thanks for taking the time out to reply.

Cheers

Bill
Keep in mind I could be wrong but my impression is that the unique key is assigned to pro or home and they wouldn't be interchangeable but if the OS updates to pro after the key change that would fix that.

I still would get a full copy of pro from a reputable vendor so you have it to install clean if necessary and keep in mind.. I don't think there are enough differences between the two to justify going from home to pro.

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I'll see if I can upgrade through the MS store thingy.
That should work (at MS prices though). A while back I did upgrade one of my W10 Home laptops to W10 Pro, but the only reason I did that was to be able to use Hyper-V.

I agree with BunnyJ, there aren't many good reasons to justify the expense of upgrading Home to Pro. I'm running W11 Pro on my System Two in 'My Computers' below, and W11 Home on my System One. There's little to choose between them, I'm even running VMs in W11 Home using Virtualbox.
 

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    Acer Aspire 3 A315-23
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    8GB
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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.
  • Operating System
    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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    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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I did it a few weeks ago when my Dell XPS 15 9570 notebook ships with Windows 10 Home and I was on Windows 11 Home at the time. Ebay had a listing saying if I went directly to the site, it was 50% off at $US4.99 so what happened was I got the key for a clean install of Windows 10 Pro which did not work for the upgrade so I wrote them email and got back a new key that upgrades Home to Pro which did show a error and Windows reported that the upgrade failed but they told me to reboot which had me with Windows 11 Pro afterwards. The vendor no longer has the item for sale. As long as it's under $10, the worse case is you may need to file a dispute with the credit card company and they will usually issue a permanent credit should something go wrong.
 

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I stuck with MS to upgrade, sometimes better the devil you know !
 

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All you need to upgrade Home to Pro is a product key for Pro, nothing else. You can even do it with a Windows 7 Pro product key.

You can upgrade Windows 10 home to Pro then upgrade to Windows 11 Pro. Or you can upgrade Windows 10 Home to Windows 11 Home then upgrade that to Pro.
 

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    AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT
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    ASUS ROG Crosshair VII Hero (WiFi)
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Education
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    Dell Inspiron 7773
    CPU
    Intel i7-8550U
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    32GB
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    Nvidia Geforce MX150
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All you need to upgrade Home to Pro is a product key for Pro, nothing else. You can even do it with a Windows 7 Pro product key.

You can upgrade Windows 10 home to Pro then upgrade to Windows 11 Pro. Or you can upgrade Windows 10 Home to Windows 11 Home then upgrade that to Pro.
It depends as there are some keys which only works for Clean installs and some that work to upgrade Home to Pro.
 

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It depends as there are some keys which only works for Clean installs and some that work to upgrade Home to Pro.
While that was true with Windows 7/8, it is no longer true with Windows 10/11. Disconnect the computer from all sources of internet. Change the product key to VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T and it will upgrade to Pro. After the upgrade is done and the computer has rebooted, reconnect to the internet and change the product key to your OEM "clean install only" product key for Pro and it will activate and you will establish a digital license for Pro for that computer.

Once the digital license for Pro is established for that computer, any future upgrade from Home to Pro on the same computer can be accomplished by just changing the product to the generic shown above with the internet connected and it will upgrade to Pro and activate.

@Bree was actually the member who posted this procedure.
 

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    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
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    Realtek
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While that was true with Windows 7/8, it is no longer true with Windows 10/11. Disconnect the computer from all sources of internet. Change the product key to VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T and it will upgrade to Pro. After the upgrade is done and the computer has rebooted, reconnect to the internet and change the product key to your OEM "clean install only" product key for Pro and it will activate and you will establish a digital license for Pro for that computer.

Once the digital license for Pro is established for that computer, any future upgrade from Home to Pro on the same computer can be accomplished by just changing the product to the generic shown above with the internet connected and it will upgrade to Pro and activate.

@Bree was actually the member who posted this procedure.
Entering the generic key to upgrade only works if the pc has a previous digital licence established. This change was introduced a couple of years back.
 

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It depends as there are some keys which only works for Clean installs and some that work to upgrade Home to Pro.
That is absolutely not true. Each and every Windows product key works for both clean install and edition upgrade.

Of course, this only applies to all valid, legal Windows product keys. Those who knowingly buy illegal, pirated keys might naturally experience all kind of strange issues. I mean, anyone buying a Windows product key from eBay or any other obscure seller with 5 or 10 bucks of course know, that they are buying illegal key, and can only blame themselves for possible issues.

Kari
 

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    HP HP ProBook 470 G5
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    Intel Core i7-8550U
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    HP 837F KBC Version 02.3D.00
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    16 GB
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    Intel(R) UHD Graphics 620 & NVIDIA GeForce 930MX
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    Conexant ISST Audio
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Entering the generic key to upgrade only works if the pc has a previous digital licence established. This change was introduced a couple of years back.
Absolutely not true. Disconnecting from the internet defeats that. Thus the first step in the procedure I posted: disconnect the computer from all sources of internet.

Seems like there is a lot of misinformation floating around about upgrading Home to Pro.
 

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    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
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    17"
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Entering the generic key to upgrade only works if the pc has a previous digital licence established. This change was introduced a couple of years back.
It only performs this check if you are connected to the internet. Disconnect before changing the key and it will upgrade. Of course, if the PC does not have a previously established digital licence for Pro it will not activate when you reconnect.
 

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  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    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
    Other Info
    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.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Lattitude E4310
    CPU
    i5 M 520
    Motherboard
    0T6M8G
    Memory
    4GB
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    500GB HDD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    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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It only performs this check if you are connected to the internet. Disconnect before changing the key and it will upgrade. Of course, if the PC does not have a previously established digital licence for Pro it will not activate when you reconnect.
And then that installation of Pro will activate with any valid Pro product key, OEM or not, just not with the generic product until after some other Pro product key is used.
 

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  • Operating System
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    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
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And then that installation of Pro will activate with any valid Pro product key, OEM or not, just not with the generic product until after some other Pro product key is used.
Yes, it should. But if the Pro key you try turns out not to be a valid one (eg. some dodgy key you bought on eBay) then downgrading back to Home is more complicated. So best make sure you know the provenance of your Pro key before you start ;)
 

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  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    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
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    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.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Lattitude E4310
    CPU
    i5 M 520
    Motherboard
    0T6M8G
    Memory
    4GB
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    500GB HDD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    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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Yes, it should. But if the Pro key you try turns out not to be a valid one (eg. some dodgy key you bought on eBay) then downgrading back to Home is more complicated. So best make sure you know the provenance of your Pro key before you start ;)
Actually, downgrading back to Home is as easy as restoring the back up image you created before you attempted the upgrade. Of course you created a backup, right? :LOL:
 

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    Homebuilt
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    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"
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    1920 x 1080
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    Toshiba 512GB NVMe SSD
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Yes, but why?
 

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    MSI MS-16W1
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    2 x Kingston KHX2666C15S4/16G
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    GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
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    Intel Cannon Lake-H/S - cAVS
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    AU Optronics B156HAN13.0
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    Hard Drives
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Hi again guys, just to update you on how things went.

My first thought was, do I really need Pro? On balance probably not. But I do like the option to tinker about with things, whether it's using a VM, messing about in group policy settings or having a bit of freedom to do whatever.

I agreed with what @tonez4466 says above and stuck with Microsoft for the upgrade. It's not the cheapest way to go about it but it's fail safe, if things go wrong at least you get the support....

And things did go wrong.

So I went to the MS store, purchased a Win10 Pro license, verified my ID three times and got my payment confirmation email. Microsoft thanked me for my purchase and gave me my order number. Nothing else, just an order number.

I kinda expected one of them long product keys to arrive shortly afterwards (via email) so I waited patiently for a good 60 or 70 seconds. Nothing arrived so I tried to contact Microsoft support.

I'm unsure if Microsoft deliberately make it difficult to contact them as it took lots of Googling but I eventually got a UK number through the help pages, called it and was directed back through to the help page where I started from. I tried again and eventually got put through to a really helpful person. They suggested that I just needed to go back into the store and install my product. Yeah I felt a bit stupid but ok, whatever, I was finally moving forward. At least I thought so...

So I go back in to the store and click the install button, things are going well! Then an error code pops up saying 'we are unable to install your product at this time due to error 0xbla bla bla'.

OK I think, let's reboot and see what happens. So I reboot, the system updates itself (cool!) and I log in and try to activate my new license. I then get a message telling me that my Windows 10 Enterprise license is invalid. I bought Pro and somehow have Enterprise.

By now I'm baffled. I'm aware of what an Enterprise license is but it's not what I bought, so I'm back to Googling the UK number for Microsoft support. I call it, get redirected back to the Microsoft help pages, call it again and get put through to another person.

They advised me that I must have incorrectly installed Enterprise from a drop down list. I pointed out that it's impossible, I bought Pro from the store. They eventually agreed but pointed out that Win11 isn't fully supported yet and I would have to go back to Win10 home to upgrade to Pro.

Well OK I thought, I am where I am and asked for the key anyway, they gave it to me and Win11Pro was activated immediately. I'm not sure who was more suprised, me or the Microsoft rep.

So in summary it wasn't the best experience but I got there. Yeah what should have been a five minute process took four hours and the gain probably wasn't worth the pain. But I have Pro and I am happy..!

Thanks to everyone for your help and suggestions above, all is appreciated :)

Cheers

Bill
 

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System One

  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Omen
    CPU
    I7-10750H
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA RTX2070

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...I bought Pro and somehow have Enterprise....
That doesn't happen very often, but it has been reported several times by others when upgrading W10 Home via the Store. No one has yet fathomed out how it can happen. But when it does it can be fixed just by changing the installed key to the generic W10 Pro key.

 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    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
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    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.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Lattitude E4310
    CPU
    i5 M 520
    Motherboard
    0T6M8G
    Memory
    4GB
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    500GB HDD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    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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