Microsoft’s operating system, Windows, has by far and wide been the most commonly used OS for years. Of course, there’s a good reason for this – while the tech giant did have some blunders with certain Windows versions from time to time (as anyone that remembers using the Windows Millennium Edition can attest to), it is hard to deny the fact that Microsoft has provided a number of very effective systems that are easy to set up and use.
Over the years, the landscape of software has changed, and Windows certainly didn’t stay behind. As is the norm these days, the current newest version of Microsoft’s flagship operating system, Windows 10, is being offered in a whole slew of different editions. While this offers users more choices, which is always great, it can also make it harder to keep track of all the differences between them.
In this article, we’ll be focusing on two editions of Windows 10 – the Home and Pro editions. There are a couple of things to cover here, namely the differences between them, the cost to upgrade from the Home edition to Pro, and the upgrade process itself. Let’s get started!
What are the differences between the Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro editions?
There are certain features on offer in the Windows 10 Pro edition that aren’t available in the Home edition. Most of them are related to business management and deployment – so if this isn’t something you’re particularly concerned about it might be a wise decision to keep using the Home edition. Of course, whether or not you should make the upgrade depends solely on your needs and requirements, and the best course of action would be to visit this link before making the decision.
You’ll be able to see all the differences between the two editions listed clearly on the page linked above – with this information, you can make the decision on which edition best suits your needs.
Alright, now that we’ve went over what’s different between the Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro editions, let’s go into the cost and process of upgrading from Home to Pro.
How much does it cost to upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro?
First things first, let’s go over the cost of making the upgrade. The price of upgrading the Windows 10 Home edition to Pro varies by region – meaning that there isn’t a ‘one-size-fits-all’ answer when it comes to the cost of upgrading. In the US, the cost of making this upgrade is $99, but local exchange rates might make the price fluctuate. Luckily, there’s a way for you to find out how much this upgrade will cost specifically in your region! Let’s go through the process of checking the price.
Follow the steps below in order to find out the cost of upgrading Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro in your region:
- Open the Start Menu
- Type in “Settings”
- Click on “Update & security”
- Click on “Activation” in the left-hand side menu
- Click the ‘Go to the store to upgrade or enter a product key’ link
Here, you should be able to see a button you can use in order to make the purchase – the price will be included in it. If you find the price to be suitable, you can click this button and follow the on-screen instructions in order to go through with the purchase. If you do make the purchase, keep in mind that it can take somewhere between 5 to 10 minutes for the edition upgrade to complete, so don’t be scared if you don’t notice the change immediately.
You should also know that you won’t receive a product key (like it used to work previously) – you’ll get a digital license, which gets attached to your Microsoft Account once the purchase is made.
With that, you should be all set up when it comes to information you need in regards to upgrading from the Windows 10 Home edition to Pro – if you’re on the fence when it comes to choosing which edition to use, don’t forget to check out the link above that details the differences between them, as it will help you make the decision it suits your needs the best!