Every new computer that has been recently purchased is running either on Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro. The two versions will help you get through the computing tasks at hand, though the Pro has the edge, being more advanced and costing about $200.
Windows 10 Pro Features
Some of the Pro features will not be available for the Home edition, like the encryption functionalities from Bitlocker, and the Remote Desktop that you can use to connect to your PC while being on the road or AFK. Having the Home edition, you won’t be able to enjoy the ability to join a Domain or Azure Active Directory, or even access apps from the Microsoft Store.
The price of the Windows 10 Home edition justifies the lack of these features, costing only $140 compared to the Pro price tag of $200. If you want to give a shot these excellent features on the Windows 10 Pro edition, Microsoft made it easy for everyone out there, to upgrade from the Windows 10 Home edition to the Pro.
How To Upgrade From Windows 10 Home To Windows 10 Pro
Step 1: Check Your Windows Version
Before you start to upgrade the version of your Windows, firstly, you will have to do some research on the version you are currently running on your machine. To do so, head over to the search box in the Taskbar, click on Start Menu and type in About. In the list of results displayed on your screen will appear an option About Your PC, which will show you what type of version you are running on.
Step 2: Upgrade Time
For the upgrade part, on the same window, click on Change Product Key or Upgrade Your Edition of Windows. Now you will be faced with two option for the upgrade procedure. If you already have a Windows 10 Pro product key, then go ahead and activate it. If it validates, you will be notified, and the current Windows will download some prerequisites for the Windows 10 Pro upgrade.
Step 3: Product Key Acquisition
If you don’t have a product key by now, the method to purchase one is also simple. Go to the Microsoft Store on your Windows and click the Go to the Store link to open it. A one-time upgrade to Pro will roughly cost you about $99, the method of payment being through a credit or debit card linked to your Microsoft Account.
Step 4: Reboot Your Machine
After you’ve activated your key on the activation menu, reboot your PC and see the changes take effect. Note that the upgrade from Home to Windows 10 Pro costs $99 plus the price of the Home edition of $140. Considering this, building a new machine from scratch would be more costly with this method. Buying the retail version of the Windows 10 Pro costs $200, and this might be the wisest choice considering the upgrade will go over that price point.
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