This post shows students and new users the steps to upgrade from Windows 11 Home Edition to Windows 11 Pro. If your PC comes with Windows 11 Home installed, you can pay for an upgrade from Windows 11 to upgrade from Home to Pro.

There are two ways to update. You can purchase a retail Windows 11 Pro license key from a vendor or vendor, then add the Windows Pro key to your current PC and upgrade. If you haven’t purchased a Windows Pro key yet, you can click the Shop from Windows activation settings to purchase a valid Windows Pro key and update it.

When you decide to upgrade to the Pro edition, you get BitLocker drive encryption, built-in Hyper-V virtualization, a built-in remote desktop server, and other business-oriented features like domain join in an active directory environment.

The steps below detail the process you will need to follow if you want to upgrade your device from Windows 11 Home to Windows 11 Pro. The steps below apply only to devices that are currently running an activated copy of Windows 11 Home. If it is not enabled, we recommend that you enable Windows 11 Home first.

The update will be licensed for a single PC only. If you have a retail copy of Windows 11 Home installed and purchased a Pro edition, you can upgrade with the Pro key, but only on one computer.

Once Windows Home is activated, you can continue below to start the update process.

How to upgrade Windows 11 Home to Windows 11 Pro

As mentioned above, an in-place upgrade from Windows 11 Home to Windows 11 Pro edition can be done easily from the Windows Settings app.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for most of its settings. From system settings to creating new users and updating Windows, everything can be done from your System settings crystal.

To access the System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click Start ==> Settings as shown in the following picture:

windows 11 startup settings

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and find Settings. Then select to open it.

The Windows settings panel should look similar to the image below. In Windows settings, click System, then select Activation on the right panel of the screen shown in the image below.

windows 11 activation

About him Activation configuration panel, select Change product keyand then enter the 25-character Windows 11 Pro Product Key.

Please select next to start the upgrade to Windows 11 Pro.

windows 11 change product key

If you don’t already have a Windows 11 Pro activation key, you can select the Store option to purchase a Windows 11 Pro license.

  1. Please select Start > Settings > System > Activation.
  2. Below Update your edition of Windows, Select Open store
  3. Make sure you are signed in with your Microsoft account to purchase Windows 11 Pro
  4. After confirming your purchase, you will be asked to install Windows 11 Pro and restart your PC. You will then run Windows 11 Pro.

You should do that!


In this tutorial we have seen how to upgrade from Windows Home to Windows Pro. If you find any errors above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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