This article details the steps to take if you’d like to upgrade your device from Windows 11 Home to Windows 11 Pro. 

To check which edition you’re running and your activation state: 

  1. Select Start Settings System Activation.

  2. At the top of the Activation page, you see your edition: either Home or Pro. You‘ll also see if you’re activated under Activation state.  

    Open Activation settings

Important: The following steps apply only to devices currently running an activated copy of Windows 11 Home. If you’re not activated, we recommend you activate Windows 11 Home first. For more info, see Activate Windows.

First, check if you have a Windows Pro product key. For more info, see Find your Windows product key. Then, follow the steps that apply to your product key scenario.

If you have a Windows 11 Pro product key

  1. Select Start Settings System > Activation.

  2. Select Change product key, and then enter the 25-character Windows 11 Pro product key.

  3. Select Next to start the upgrade to Windows 11 Pro.

If you don't have a Windows 11 Pro product key

  1. Select Start Settings System > Activation.

  2. Under Upgrade your edition of Windows, select Open Store

  3. Make sure you’re signed in with your Microsoft account to purchase Windows 11 Pro

  4. After you confirm your purchase, you’ll be prompted to install Windows 11 Pro and restart your PC. You’ll then be running Windows 11 Pro.

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This article details the steps to take if you’d like to upgrade your device from Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro. 

To check which edition you’re running and your activation state: 

  1. Select Start Settings Update & Security Activation.

  2. At the top of the Activation page, you see your edition: either Home or Pro. You‘ll also see if you’re activated under Activation state.  

    Open Activation settings

Important: The following steps apply only to devices currently running an activated copy of Windows 10 Home. If you’re not activated, we recommend you activate Windows 10 Home first. For more info, see Activate Windows.

First, check if you have a Windows Pro product key. For more info, see Find your Windows product key. Then, follow the steps that apply to your product key scenario.

If you have a Windows 10 Pro product key

  1. Select Start Settings > Update & Security Activation.

  2. Under Upgrade your edition of Windows, select Change product key.

  3. Enter the 25-character Windows 10 Pro product key.

  4. Select Next to start the upgrade to Windows 10 Pro.

If you don't have a Windows 10 Pro product key

  1. Select Start Settings Update & Security > Activation.

  2. Under Upgrade your edition of Windows, select Go to the Store

  3. Make sure you’re signed in with your Microsoft account to purchase Windows 10 Pro

  4. After you confirm your purchase, you’ll be prompted to install Windows 10 Pro and restart your PC. You’ll then be running Windows 10 Pro.

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