What are the similarities and differences between Windows 10 Home and Pro? Do you need to upgrade Windows 10 Home or Pro? If you are confused of whether you need to choose Windows 10 Pro and pay for the upgrade, we help you to decide.
What are the differences between Windows 10 Home and Pro? In fact, Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro have a lot of common features; only a few features are supported only by Windows 10 Pro. To make things clear we’ve listed a table below to clarify their features in common and some features missing from Windows 10 Home.
By observing the above table, you know the extra features in Windows 10 Pro focuses on security and compatibility, really designed for businesses. Windows 10 Home can fulfill most of our needs. However, if you think highly of the difference between windows 10 home and pro, you may seek for a way to upgrade Windows 10 Home to Pro.
Next, we will go through how to upgrade Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro.
Before you start the upgrading, you had better to the two things:
1. Make sure your device is up to date and is running the latest version of Windows 10 Home.
2. Make a copy of your windows 10 Home in case that Windows 10 booting to black screen after the upgrading.
Part 1. Back up Windows 10 Home
To make a backup of your Windows 10 Home, you may use the local Windows Backup and Restore utility. However, you will need to do the restoration when you need to use the backup copy. Here we recommend using professional MiniTool Partition Wizard to help you.
Developed by MiniTool Solution Ltd., MiniTool Partition Wizard has gone through 8 years and has helped numerous of Windows users to address their disk partition issues. To back up Windows 10 Home, two flexible features are offered, and they are: Copy Disk and Migrate OS to SSD/HD. It is worth mentioning that the free edition is capable of doing backup jobs. So you can download the free edition to have a try.
Step 1. Run MiniTool Partition Wizard to its main interface. Then select the OS disk as the source disk and choose Copy Disk from the action panel.
Step 2. In the pop-up window, choose a hard drive as the target disk and then click Next to continue. Be aware that all data on the target disk will be destroyed. So make sure the target disk is ready for the cloning. Otherwise transfer the important files to another location immediately.
Step 3. Now you have come to the position to confirm copy options. First of all, you can choose either “Fit partitions to entire disk” or “Copy partitions without resize” according to the storage space of your target disk. Then you can select “Align partitions to 1MB” and “Use GUID Partition Table for the target disk (*paid feature for system disk clone)” according to your actual needs. Now, click Next to go on.
Step 4. When you see a short message telling how to boot from the target disk, you should pay attention to it in case you need to boot computer from the target disk. Then hit Finish.
Step 5. On the main interface, confirm the Windows 10 disk cloning by pressing Apply. Please note that MiniTool Partition Wizard requires a reboot to finish since you are cloning the system disk.
Part 2. Upgrade Windows 10 Home to Pro
Now it is time to upgrade Windows 10 Home to Pro. Please do the followings:
Step 1. Open the Start menu and select “Settings”.
Step 2. Select “UPDATE & SECURITY”, and then select “Activation”. To upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro, click “Go to Store”.
Step 3. Then you see a screen where you can click the “$99.99” button to purchase the Windows 10 Pro upgrade from the Store. If you have a Windows 10 Pro product key, you can select “I have a Windows 10 Pro product key” and then enter the product key to upgrade Windows 10 Home to Pro.
Above are the differences between Windows 10 Home and Pro, and how to upgrade Windows 10 Home to Pro. Hope you can benefit something from this article.