The two main versions of Windows 11 for consumers are Home and Pro. If you need Windows 11 Pro, you can upgrade by following this guide.

Microsoft offers different versions of Windows 11, but two main versions for consumers Windows 11 home and Pro.

While the home version is sufficient for most users, the Pro version offers business-oriented features such as Group policy,, BitLocker device encryption,, Kiosk mode setting, and more. If you work from home and you need or want more features, here’s how to upgrade Windows 11 Home to Pro.

How to upgrade Windows 11 Home to Pro

note: Upgrading your version of Windows is a significant change to your PC. Before you begin, be sure to save important files and create a new restore point. You can then revert to the working version if something goes wrong during the upgrade process.

To start upgrading Windows 11 Home to Pro, right-click Get started button and select Settings from the menu. You can also use a keyboard shortcut Windows key + I to open the settings directly.

Run windows 11 settings

In Settings, tap The system left, then scroll down and press Activation from the list on the right.

Windows 11 settings

Your next steps will depend on whether you have a digital product key or not. If you don’t, you will need to purchase one.

With digital product key

If you already have a product key, you will need to follow these steps. У Activation window, you will see the installed version of Windows and the activation status.

Expand Update your version of Windows menu. If you already have a digital product key, click Change button next to Change the product key.

upgrade version of windows

У Enter the product key box, enter the digital key of the product that you have, and then click Next.

Enter the product key

When the product key is recognized, you will see a message stating that you are upgrading to Windows. Before you begin, make sure you save your work and all important files and close all open programs.

When you are ready, click Get started.

Start the upgrade process

The update will take some time and may restart several times. The amount of time it will take will vary depending on your system and network connection.

The update process begins

When the update is complete, you will see a message about the successful update. You can make sure you are currently running on Windows Pro by going to the page Start> Settings> About.

Scroll down and expand «Windows specifications”To view your version of Windows.

Windows 11 settings system

You can also quickly check your version of Windows via the Start menu. To do this, click the Start button (or the Windows key) and type winver, then press Sign in.

У About Windows window, you should see the version number and edition of Windows 11 that you are using.

Information about Winver

Buy Windows 11 Pro from the Microsoft Store

If you need to purchase Windows 11 Pro (cost about $ 99), open it Start> Settings> System> Activation. Expand »Update your version of Windows”And press Open a store.

upgrade to Microsoft Store

At this point, you will need to log in to your Microsoft account and purchase a copy of Pro. After confirming the purchase, follow the instructions on the screen.

You will be prompted to upgrade and restart your PC. After rebooting you should see that the Pro version of Windows 11 is now running.

Buy Pro at the Windows Store

Do I need Windows 11 Pro?

If you don’t need features that are only offered in Windows 11 Pro, you’ll be able to run the home version. After all, there’s no reason to spend money on a bunch of features you won’t use. However, if you need additional services, upgrading to Pro is a simple process – it will cost you. You can compare versions of Windows 11 on the Microsoft website.

If you need Pro features and you’re buying a new PC, try to find one that comes pre-installed with Windows 11 Pro – you won’t have to worry about upgrades.

It should also be noted that Windows 11 comes with various Pro options such as Windows 11 Pro for Workstations, Pro Education and Pro Enterprise. However, these versions of Windows 11 Pro are typically purchased with a volume license that allows IT administrators to distribute it to multiple PCs in the organization.

Learn more about Windows 11

To learn more about Windows 11, check out how to disable startup programs or consider changing your account name. When it comes to the Windows 11 interface, you can move the Start button to the left. You can also further customize your PC’s interface by switching Windows 11 to dark mode.

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