Windows 10 is available in a variety of editions that target different markets and user needs. The three most popular editions are Windows 10 Home, Pro, and Enterprise. Most people who purchase a new PC will often get Windows 10 Home preinstalled on it. But if you’re a business or power user and need the unique capabilities of the Pro edition such as Remote Desktop, business networking, Group Policy, and more. Here’s a look at using the Easy Upgrade feature which lets you upgrade to a higher edition of Windows 10.
With the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft has made it known Windows 10 will be free to every PC or device running a genuine version of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. Your system will be upgraded to the logical edition. For example, Windows 7 Home Basic or Premium will be upgraded to Windows 10 Home. But you might want or need some of the richer capabilities available in the Pro version. For this, you will need to purchase the Windows 10 Pro Pack which will include a product key so you can unlock the Pro edition.
There’s also good news for users who have Home Use rights through an employer’s volume license program. Volume license is a convenient way for large businesses to purchase Windows licenses in bulk and deploy it to many computers an organization. Volume license also includes flexible options that allows an organization’s employees to upgrade their personal devices to the organization’s licensed edition of Windows.
So for example, if your company is running Windows 10 Enterprise edition and you are running Windows 10 Home on your personal laptop, you can easily upgrade. This is important for ease of use, management and support rights that guarantees all systems are standardized and are protected using the benefits that are available with that particular edition.
For the purposes of this article, I will be upgrading Windows 10 Pro to Windows 10 Enterprise. Of course, the same procedures apply if you want to upgrade Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro using either a retail Windows 10 Pro license or Pro Pack key.
Purchase Windows 10 Pro Pack upgrade from within Windows 10 Home
Go to Settings > Update & Security > Activation > Store $99.00 USD.
Please note, Easy Upgrade will preserve your personal files, applications and settings, it simply unlocks the edition, the process is quite similar to the Windows Anytime Upgrade in Windows 7.
Once you have your Windows 10 key ready select System.
Select About then Change product key or upgrade your edition of Windows.
Click Yes if User Account Control comes up.
Enter your product key for the edition you are upgrading to, whether it is Pro or Enterprise and wait while the product key verified.
Click all open applications are closed and your work is saved and start the upgrade. Wait while the upgrade process kicks off, and computer will be restarted several times throughout this process.
The amount of time the upgrade takes will vary between systems. But in my experience, it only took 5 to 10 minutes.
That’s it! Close out of the upgrade complete verification screen and start using your new edition of Windows.