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Upgrading Windows 10 to higher edition
Quite often users and administrators ask if they can upgrade a lower Windows 10 edition (like Home or Pro) to a higher one (for example, Pro or Enterprise respectively).
In this post, we’ll show how to upgrade a Windows 10 edition without reinstalling OS, and keeping all apps, settings, and files.
1. First, you can get the current Windows 10 edition using this DISM command:
DISM /online /Get-CurrentEdition
Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool Version: 10.0.19041.844 Image Version: 10.0.19044.2130 Current edition is: Current Edition : Professional The operation completed successfully.
2. Then display the list of editions you can upgrade your Windows 10 to:
DISM /online /Get-TargetEditions
Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool Version: 10.0.19041.844 Image Version: 10.0.19044.2130 Editions that can be upgraded to: Target Edition : ProfessionalEducation Target Edition : ProfessionalWorkstation Target Edition : Education Target Edition : ProfessionalCountrySpecific Target Edition : ProfessionalSingleLanguage Target Edition : ServerRdsh Target Edition : IoTEnterprise Target Edition : Enterprise
Upgrading Windows 10 from Home to Pro Edition
In order to upgrade your Windows 10 Home to Pro edition, you must enter a valid product key bought from Microsoft online store or through a local reseller or from a MSDN account.
Open Windows Settings | Update & Security | Activation | Change product key then type your retail license key into the box.
If your product key is valid, you would see the Upgrade your edition of Windows window, let’s click on the button to continue.
Preparing for upgrade your Windows, it could take a while to complete and upgrading.
Alternatively, you can run the below command in a elevated Command Prompt or PowerShell window to change the product key:
changepk.exe /ProductKey XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX
Finally, the Windows 10 Home was upgraded to Windows 10 Pro without data lost or reinstalling.
Upgrading Windows 10 Pro to Enterprise
If you use DISM command to upgrade Windows edition like this post. The command returns the following error. It means that online edition upgrade is not supported.
DISM /online /Set-Edition:Enterprise /AcceptEula /ProductKey:NPPR9-FWDCX-D2C8J-H872K-2YT43
Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool Version: 10.0.19041.844 Image Version: 10.0.19045.2130 Error: 50 Setting an edition is not supported with online images. The DISM log file can be found at C:\Windows\Logs\DISM\dism.log
When upgrade Windows 10 Pro to Enterprise, you can use both Retail and MAK keys. The steps to upgrade are same as Windows 10 Home to Pro.
Even, you can use the GVLK key to upgrade Windows 10 Pro to Enterprise, but you need using a KMS server to activate the Windows Enterprise license later.