Windows 10 Home to Pro: 3 Ways to Do the UpgradeDonna Marie Padua
Most Microsoft users have been happy with their Windows 10 Home OS. However, there are certain new features that are available on Windows 10 Pro edition only.
Most consumers buying or building a Windows 10 PC will be coming across either the “Home” or “Pro” versions of the operating system. Many might not notice nor care which they’re on so long as it’s Windows 10 and it does whatever they want it to do.
For some, however, Windows 10 Pro will be a must have, and if it doesn’t come with the PC you buy you’ll be looking to upgrade, at a cost. Recent Windows 10 feature updates, such as the April 2018 and May 2019 Windows 10 Updates, add more Pro-specific features and many have been writing good reviews of the Pro edition.
So while it’s pricier than your regular Home edition, is Windows 10 Pro worth it for you?
Windows 10 Professional doesn’t take anything away from those who prefer Home edition. It simply adds more sophisticated features. It’s a costly choice, but all the add-ons can make it all worthwhile.
And for you to realize what I’m saying, let’s look at some points that can justify Windows 10 Pro being the wiser choice.
I – Windows 10 Home vs Windows 10 Pro Pricing
In general, you can pay $103.20 (as of August 2019) to activate Windows 10 Home from Softvire. This is at least $10 cheaper than when you buy from Microsoft directly. This is a perpetual license so it’s relatively affordable in the long run.
Another buying option is to purchase a “system builder” license from an e-tailer. This is usually the choice of enthusiasts, but it offers no support or even instructions from Microsoft.
Meanwhile, Windows 10 Pro costs $111.2 at Softvire. This is almost $100 cheaper than the price of Microsoft.
II – 5 Features of Windows 10 Pro You Shouldn’t Miss
Microsoft created a useful webpage for comparing the different Windows 10 versions, breaking down the reasons to upgrade to Windows Pro. The factors were broken down into four categories, including fundamentals, management and deployment, security, and Windows updates. All of them have some relevance for power users and more traditional businesses alike.
But here, we’ll offer you 5 of the best features of Windows 10 Pro that you wouldn’t want to miss.
Microsoft has made huge strides the past few years when it comes to security. That includes BitLocker, which uses encryption to securely lock your content behind a password.
In other words, hackers and criminals are going to have an extremely tough time accessing your data.
BitLocker offers something in addition to the security you already have in place. You can securely save your data to external drives, like a USB drive.
If you’re working on your laptop, for example, at a café and need to use the comfort room, you can just import it to an external drive with BitLocker. Others who try to look at it won’t be able to access that important file even if they steal your laptop or thumb drive because they won’t be able to get past the encryption. They’ll need your password to do that.
You can remotely access your computer, or have an IT professional remotely access it for you. This comes in handy if you need someone to help you fix a problem on your computer or train you on a new software program.
With Windows 10 Pro, you have more control over remotely accessing your computer than you do with the regular version. That comes in handy, especially if you sometimes work from home.
You can create a virtual PC on your laptop, in addition to the laptop you use every day. You may want this virtual PC for a different operating system, for example, or to experiment with software that could otherwise mess up all the programs and data you have on your laptop.
The internet is a dangerous place. It certainly can be if you access the Dark Web, for example, or if you just think about all the data breaches that happened in the past like Ebay, Google, Yahoo and so much more.
Microsoft’s web browser, Edge, keeps you secure with Windows Defender Application Guard (WDAG). It’s designed for businesses. Malicious sites won’t affect your PCs.
Update for business
There’s nothing more frustrating at work than having your Windows 10 computer suddenly shut down for a security update. That can sometimes take hours, essentially ruining your workday.
One of the great things about Windows 10 for most users is that you automatically get security updates and patches. But, at work with Windows 10 Pro, you can delay those updates to a more convenient and less disruptive time, such as the weekend or your day off.
Ways to Upgrade Your OS from Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro
If you’re convinced that Windows 10 Pro is the way to go, then here are some ways to upgrade to Pro Edition from Home:
1. Upgrading Windows 10 Home to Pro via the Windows Store
If you haven’t paid anything for the upgrade yet, and no one has handed you a copy of Pro, the most straightforward way to upgrade is using the Windows Store.
2. Upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Pro via a License Key/Digital License
If you already have a copy of Windows 10 Pro, what you’ll need to make it function is a Product Key (alternately called a license key). You’ll need it to replace your current license key.
Upgrading with an existing Windows 10 OS and a product key will be very simple. You just need to follow these steps:
- Make sure you’re up to date on any Windows Updates.
- Navigate again to Start Menu > Settings > Updates and Security > Activation.
- Under Activation, select Change product key.
3. How to Transfer Your Windows 10 Pro Upgrade
Since you had a full operating system before this upgrade, you can remove it from its current machine and use it on another. You’re effectively reinstalling your original license, which will make the upgrade available again. If you need to do this:
- Look at the bottom of your Windows laptop, or on the top/side of a desktop tower. There might be a sticker there showing your original Windows product key; alternatively, it might be in the manuals and other material that came in your PC’s box.
- Enter the key in the Change product key dialog as noted above, and you’ll effectively “downgrade” to your old Home license.
Your upgrade license should now be freed up to be installed on another machine.
Ultimately the decision is yours to make, but if remote desktop functionality, for example, is all you want, there are ways to achieve this without spending over 100 bucks. Home PCs and laptops are going to be fine on Windows 10 Home for most of the people, most of the time. However, if you’re running a small business or perhaps plan to develop software, then Windows 10 Pro would definitely be a wise investment.