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How to Upgrade Windows 10 Home to Pro Using an OEM Key

While Windows 10 Home already comes with a suite of extra features compared to Windows 8.1, including the digital voice assistant Cortana and Virtual Desktops, Windows 10 Pro offers greater connectivity and privacy tools.

How to Upgrade Windows 10 Home to Pro Using an OEM Key
If you want to take advantage of tools like Bit-locker for disk-encryption and Assigned Access for locking user accounts or to connect to a Windows domain, you may want to upgrade to from Windows 10 Home to Pro.

But, first, let's compare Windows 10 Home vs Windows 10 Pro

Compare Windows 10 Home Vs. Pro

Let’s break down the differences between the versions of Windows 10 - Home vs. Pro - to help find the best fit for your needs.

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windows 10 home vs. Windows 10 pro

Windows 10 Home Vs. Pro

First things first: Home is the standard version of Windows 10. It is the baseline package designed for the general user. Windows 10 Pro is more of professional use with improved capability, security, and business features.

Feature Comparison of Window 10 Home and Pro

Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro share many features. But Windows 10 Pro has a few extra features that the Home version cannot support. 

Features: Windows 10 Pro Has More Features

To simplify the comparison, we’ve listed only the Windows 10 Pro features missing in Windows 10 Home.

Feature 

Windows 10 Home

Windows 10 Pro

BitLocker Device Encryption

No

Yes

Windows Information Protection (WIP)

No

Yes

Mobile Device Management

No

Yes

Hyper-V

No

Yes

Group Policy

No

Yes

Enterprise State Roaming with Azure

No

Yes

Microsoft Store for Business

No

Yes

Assigned Access

No

Yes

Dynamic Provisioning 

No

Yes

Windows Update for Business

No

Yes

Kiosk mode set-up

No

Yes

Support for Active Directory

No

Yes

Support for Azure Active Directory

No

Yes

If you find most of these features meaningless, that's no surprise. Indeed, most people don't really need the extra features in Windows 10 Pro. Typically, Windows 10 Pro is designed for businesses.

In summary, there are two areas that differentiate Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro.

Security 

Security: Windows 10 Pro Has Additional Security Features

When it comes to security, Windows 10  Pro has Bitlocker device encryption and Windows information protection (WIP) which are missing in Windows 10 Home.

Fundamental features 

Fundamentals Features: Windows 10 Home Doesn't Have Windows Fundamentals

Windows 10 Home

  • Requires a third-party app for a virtual desktop.
  • Remote desktop support requires a third-party app.

Windows 10 Pro

  • Domain Join.
  • Azure Active Directory Domain Join.
  • Enterprise Mode Internet Explorer.
  • Remote Desktop with central management.
  • Client Hyper-V.

Business Management and Deployment (BMD)

Management Features: Windows 10 Pro Has Management and Deployment Features

When it comes to BDM Windows 10 Pro has all BDM features that are missing in the Home edition. These include Group Policy, Mobile device management, Hyper-V, Enterprise State Roaming with Azure, Microsoft Store for Business, Assigned Access, Dynamic Provisioning, Windows Update for Business, Kiosk mode set-up, Support for Active Directory, and Support for Azure Active Directory.

Which features do Windows 10 Home and Pro have in common?

All versions of Windows 10 (including Pro and Home) come with all the core features targeting a broad consumer market. These features include Cortana, Outlook, OneNote, and Microsoft Edge. 

Windows 10 Home is compatible with the Windows Insider program, but it does limit the security and group management services made available to other versions.

Verdict 

Is Windows 10 Pro better than Windows 10 Home?

In short. The main difference between Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro is the security of the operating system. Windows 10 Pro is a safer choice when it comes to protecting your PC and securing your information. What's more, Windows 10 Pro offers useful functions like Remote Desktop and is best for businesses and enterprises. 

Final Verdict: Choose the Version for Your Needs

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Upgrading from Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro

Upgrading from Home to Pro is straightforward. When you upgrade, the Pro license supersedes the Home license.

One way to do this is to pay for a Windows 10 Pro upgrade. But if you already have an OEM key for Windows 10 Pro, just follow the steps below to find out how to upgrade and activate your Pro system:

Windows 10 Pro Upgrade Key-Steps to Take

Before we dive into the Windows 10 Pro product upgrade, here're some free keys you can use.

Windows 10 Product Keys for 2021 All Versions:

Windows 10 Professional Key

W269N-WFGWX-YVC9B-4J6C9-T83GX

Windows 10 Pro build 10240

VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T

Windows 10 Professional N Key

MH37W-N47XK-V7XM9-C7227-GCQG9

Windows 10 Enterprise Key

NPPR9-FWDCX-D2C8J-H872K-2YT43

Windows 10 Enterprise N Key

DPH2V-TTNVB-4X9Q3-TJR4H-KHJW4

Windows 10 Education Key

NW6C2-QMPVW-D7KKK-3GKT6-VCFB2

Windows 10 Pro 2020

W269N-WFGWX-YVC9B-4J6C9-T83GX

Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC Key

92NFX-8DJQP-P6BBQ-THF9C-7CG2H

Windows 10 Enterprise G

YYVX9-NTFWV-6MDM3-9PT4T-4M68B

Windows 10 Pro for Workstations

NRG8B-VKK3Q-CXVCJ-9G2XF-6Q84J


How much is a Windows 10 Activation Key?

You can buy Genuine Windows 10 for; 

  1. Windows Home at $99.99
  2. Windows 10 Pro at $119.99
  3. Windows 10 Enterprise at $354.99

How to Upgrade to Windows 10 Step by Step Guide

Step 1: Press WINDOWS+R on your keyboard to open the Run window, and type slui.exe then click OK

How to Upgrade Windows 10 Home to Pro Using an OEM Key  While Windows 10 Home already comes with a suite of extra features compared to Windows 8.1, including the digital voice assistant Cortana and Virtual Desktops, Windows 10 Pro offers greater connectivity and privacy tools.  If you want to take advantage of tools like Bit-locker for disk-encryption and Assigned Access for locking user accounts or to connect to a Windows domain, you may want to upgrade to from Windows 10 Home to Pro.  One way to do this is to pay for a Windows 10 Pro upgrade. But if you already have an OEM Key for Windows 10 Pro, just follow the steps below to find out how to upgrade and activate your Pro system:  Step 1: Press WINDOWS+R on your keyboard to open the Run window, and type slui.exe then click OK   Step 2: Try entering your Windows 10 Pro OEM key here    Step 3: If the OEM key is not accepted, then first try using the Windows 10 Pro default product key that Microsoft has provided for users wanting to upgrade their systems. Note: This will allow you to upgrade your Windows 10 Home to Pro, but it will not activate Pro; that comes later Click on the Start button in the bottom left of your screen and select Settings (you can also press WINDOWS+I to open the Settings window) Click System and then select the About tab on the left. In the About tab, click Change product key or upgrade your edition of Windows   A User Account Control dialogue box may open asking if you want to allow the app to make changes. Click Yes  Now enter the Windows 10 Pro default product key: VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-<span style=
Note: Make sure your work is saved and all applications are closed on your computer before starting the upgrade Follow the instructions and your upgrade will now begin. Don’t worry if your computer reboots during the upgrade process; this is normal.

Step 2: Try entering your Windows 10 Pro product key in the dialog box as shown.

windows 10 pro product key

Step 3: If the OEM key is not accepted, then first try using the Windows 10 Pro product key that Microsoft has provided for users wanting to upgrade their systems.

Note: This will allow you to upgrade your Windows 10 Home to Pro, but it will not activate Pro; that comes later

How to Switch Windows 10 Product Keys

  1. Press Windows key + I to Open Settings then go to
  2. Update & security > Activation > Change Product key and the product key from Microsoft (VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T) in the space provided.
    How to Upgrade Windows 10 Home to Pro using OEM key
  3. A User Account Control dialogue box may open asking if you want to allow the app to make changes. Click Yes
    account control
  4. Now enter the Windows 10 Pro product key: VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T.Note: Make sure your work is saved and all applications are closed on your computer before starting the upgrade
    Upgrading Windows Home to Windows 10 Pro
  5. Follow the instructions and your upgrade will now begin. Don’t worry if your computer reboots during the upgrade process; this is normal 
    Upgrade security wizard

Step 4: Once the upgrade is complete, you can now use your OEM key to activate Windows 10 Pro

  1. Click on the Start button in the bottom left of your screen and select Settings again (you can also press WINDOWS+I to open the Settings window)
  2. Click Update & Security and then select the Activation tab on the left. In the Activation tab, click Change product key
    How to use OEM key to activate Windows 10 Pro
  3. Now enter your Windows 10 Pro OEM key and click Next to activate

Windows 10 Pro Product Key Free-Upgrade

  1. MH37W-N47XK-V7XM9-C7227-GCQG9
  2. VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T
  3. W269N-WFGWX-YVC9B-4J6C9-T83GX
  4. WNMTR-4C88C-JK8YV-HQ7T2-76DF9
  5. W269N-WFGWX-YVC9B-4J6C9-T83GX
  6. TX9XD-98N7V-6WMQ6-BX7FG-H8Q99
  7. DPH2V-TTNVB-4X9Q3-TJR4H-KHJW4

That’s it! Your computer should now be upgraded from Windows Home 10 to Pro and fully activated. You can now enjoy all the features of Windows 10 Pro!

FAQs

How to Find Windows 10 Product Key Using Command Prompt?

  • Press Windows + X key at the same time.
  • From here click on Command Prompt as an Admin.
  • Now in the Command Prompt just type the below command and hit enter "wmic path SoftwareLicensingService get OA3xOriginalProductKey"  without the quotes.
  • Your product will be listed on the next page.

Summary: How To Upgrade Windows 10 Home to Pro using an OEM key

  1. Press Windows key + R.
  2. Type: slui.exe.
  3. Hit Enter.
  4. Enter your Windows 10 Pro key. 
  5. Once you have your Windows 10 key ready select System.
  6. Select About then Change product key or upgrade your edition of Windows.
  7. Click Yes if User Account Control comes up.

See Also:

>  4 Commonly Asked Questions About Windows 10 Product Keys and Activation
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