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Upgrading Windows 10 Home to Pro...


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#1 Oxonsi

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Posted 25 April 2018 - 01:00 PM

I understand upgrading from Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro can be done from within in Windows by purchasing the a Windows 10 Pro key and then switching the activation key to the new key.  Doing so essentially "unlocks" the Pro features that are already present; I'm not sure that anything new is downloaded from Microsoft during the upgrade.

 

That being said, are one's settings and overall configuration preserved during such an upgrade?  Or are many settings, etc. returned to their defaults in the process?

 

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Posted 25 April 2018 - 02:40 PM

Everything stays the same.

 

It literally a windows update that you download, apply, reboot after the key is confirmed. Didn't take look and it was easy. Didn't change anything when we did this for Windows 7 Home > Pro or ultimate. Should be same for Win 10.



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Posted 25 April 2018 - 05:20 PM

Thanks for your reply.  You are correct.  The upgrade for Home to Pro is quick and easy.  Apparently no changes were made to any settings nor configuration, etc.



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Posted 25 April 2018 - 05:29 PM

Thanks for your reply.  You are correct.  The upgrade for Home to Pro is quick and easy.  Apparently no changes were made to any settings nor configuration, etc.

 

Thank you for confirming this.  Your earlier observation, "Doing so essentially "unlocks" the Pro features that are already present; I'm not sure that anything new is downloaded from Microsoft during the upgrade," matches all information I have ever seen or heard.  There are no separate Windows 10 ISO files for the various editions and it is the license key that determines which edition ends up being activated.  It makes perfect sense that a license key upgrade would simply unlock features that were previously unavailable.


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