Windows 10 Home upgrade to Windows 10 Pro

I'm a long time Windows 7 Pro user but very recently bought a new machine with Windows 8.1 Home edition on it with little intention of using the machine much until upgrading to Windows 10 so I'm not used to Windows 8.1 at all.

I got my upgrade to windows 10 but wanted to upgrade the installation to Windows 10 pro expecting there to be a "Pro Pack" like as is available for Windows 8.1, but there isn't a pro pack or Windows 10 equivalent and after asking Microsoft they couldn't give me any info as to when they might release one either.

My Question is if I revert my machine back to Windows 8.1 (Home), Purchase and install the Windows 8.1 Pro Pack will I then be able to get another free upgrade to Windows 10 pro even thought this machine has already received an upgrade to windows 10 home?

And is this really the only way to do this without buying a full edition of Windows 10 pro at the full price?

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Short answer for those that don't want to read further is, Yes and Yes (at time of publication).

Right, so I decided to take the plunge and track down the answer to this, I did a little research on the various press articles online but eventually contacted Microsoft live chat again, this time I got a much more helpful member of the support team who simply answered my questions instead of constantly offering to sell me something.

Amy M on the support desk your a star. Microsoft take note, I'm a happy customer and you've still made a sale of an 8.1 pro pack (There was no way on earth I would buy a full version, the pro pack cost is enough without knowing I've paid for one licence twice)

Basically press sources seem to be generally of the opinion that they expect there to be a pro pack (or Windows 10 equivalent) which they expect to be about the same cost as the current 8.1 pro pack but after scouring the Microsoft sites it's clear this isn't available yet. They're probably concentrating on simple like for like upgrades at the moment, which is understandable considering the volume of updates being undergone at the moment but (again MS take note) it would have been handy to have known a Home to Pro upgrade would not be available before setting out on the upgrade path.

One of my major frustrations has been to get past the "upgrade to Windows 10" info plastered all over the Microsoft sites. I know the search engines are focused on this due to the volume of traffic on this subject at the moment but honestly all routes currently run to here! I found myself shouting at the computer that I didn't want to "Upgrade to Windows 10" I wanted to Upgrade Windows 10, to which my computer seemed nonchalantly disinterested in my pleas.

Anyway, Amy reassured me that if I reverted back to Windows 8.1 Home ( Settings > Update & Security > Recovery > Go Back to Windows 8.1 option) then upgrade to Windows 8.1 Pro by buying the 8.1 pro pack I would still get the free upgrade to Windows 10 and that that upgrade would be Windows 10 Pro.

(Amy M: "Yes you will still get the license for Windows 10 Pro because what Windows 10 will register is the Hardware ID and the activated license before you upgrade to Windows 10")

I can confirm that I have done this and my experience has been good, well I am now working on Windows 10 Pro so target achieved...

but...

Be advised, make sure you allow the time for this, I started at about 10am this morning and was back up and running again a little before 2pm and I didn't take any backups along the way!

This isn't recommended and I was only confident about not doing it because I have literally done nothing important on this machine since I bought it because I wanted the pro version of Windows 10, but there are obvious points that you can break the process up if need be if you can't afford the time to run through all of the changes in one go.

Happy upgrading people...

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Last updated May 13, 2020 Views 52,793 Applies to: