Microsoft’s new Windows 11 operating system is a free upgrade for eligible Windows 10 users. This means that Windows 10 PCs that meet the minimum hardware requirements for Windows 11 can be upgraded to Windows 11 at no additional cost.
Since the announcement of Windows 11, we have received several types of questions. One is the free update. Many users want to know if they can upgrade from Windows 10 Home Edition to Windows 11 for free.
As you may already know, in addition to all the features available in the Home edition, the Pro edition of Windows 11 includes many advanced features such as Group Policy, Hyper-V Client, Windows Sandbox, and BitLocker Device Encryption.
Upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Windows 11 Pro for free?
You get the same edition when you upgrade your installation from Windows 10 to Windows 11 using the free upgrade offer. That is, if you upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Windows 11, the settings will automatically update the installation to Windows 11 Home. Likewise, Windows 10 Pro edition users will automatically upgrade to Windows 11 Pro edition.
Therefore, you cannot upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Windows 11 Pro edition for free.
For most PC users, the Pro edition isn’t worth it. Instead, the Home edition offers everything most users need.
How to upgrade from Home to Pro edition?
After upgrading to Windows 11 or before upgrading to Windows 11, you can upgrade from the Home edition to the Pro edition by purchasing a license.
You can use the Microsoft Store to purchase the license for the Pro edition. The one-time upgrade to the Windows 10 Pro edition costs $99. We expect similar prices for Windows 11 as well.
By the way, you don’t need to reinstall Windows installation to upgrade from Home to Pro edition.
Check which edition of Windows 10/11 you have installed
On both Windows 10/11:
Step 1: Go to Settings > System > About page.
Step 2: The Windows Specifications section shows the edition along with other details such as version and installation date.
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