first thing you need to do to upgrade the system to Windows 10 Pro
will be to disconnect the computer from the internet. This will allow the use of
a specific product key to apply the upgrade before activating it. If you connect over wifi, you can put the computer in Airplane mode. Click on
the notification icon on the bottom right part of the screen after the date and
time and from there we can click on the Airplane mode box to turn it on,
indicated by the blue coloring.
Otherwise, if connected to the internet physically by an Ethernet cable, unplug it
from your computer. You can also unplug your router or modem to disable the internet entirely.
that we’re offline, we can then go into the Activation page of the Windows
Settings. We will start by opening the Windows start menu on the bottom left
then clicking on the icon that looks like a gear to bring up the Windows Settings.
With the Windows Settings up, we’ll need to scroll down to the bottom of the
page where we can find the Update & Security section.
4. Look to the left menu on
this screen, you will find Activation with an
icon of a check mark in a circle. Go ahead and select that where you can then select
the Change product key option here.
be prompted to enter your activation key for Windows 10. Do not
use your Windows 10 Pro key just yet, it will not activate it. Instead use this
key first: VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T. This is a generic key used by system builders, Windows will accept it but it will not successfully activate once connected to the internet.
here we will see that it is preparing to upgrade the operating system, which may
take a few minutes. You will then be
brought back to the Activation page of the Windows Settings. Notice that it will now say that Windows is not activated with this key, but
that is normal since we’re now in Pro while still using the Home key.
next step will be to activate the Windows with your product key, but we cannot
do that while we’re still offline. Go ahead and bring the system back online by
undoing however we originally did so to go offline: Turning off airplane mode, plugging
your Ethernet back in or turning your router back on!
go back to the Change product key option in the Windows Settings for
Activation and we’ll enter the product key for your Windows 10 Pro. Afterwards,
you should be all set up and good to go with your product key and you’ll have
it fully activated!
If the steps above did not work, please try using this article as this has a different way of upgrading from Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro.
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