How to Activate Windows 11 Home

Modified on: January 25, 2024

This article details the steps to take if you’d like to upgrade your device from Windows 11 Home to Windows 11 Pro.

To check which edition you’re running and your activation state:

1. Select Start > Settings > System > Activation.

2. At the top of the Activation page, you see your edition: either Home or Pro. You‘ll also see if you’re activated under Activation state.  

Important: The following steps apply only to devices currently running an activated copy of Windows 11 Home. If you’re not activated, we recommend you activate Windows 11 Home first. For more info, see >Activate Windows< https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/activate-windows-c39005d4-95ee-b91e-b399-2820fda32227.

Now, if you have an activated Windows 11 Home, please proceed with the instructions below:

1. Select Start > Settings > System > Activation.

2. Select Change product key, and then enter the 25-character Windows 11 Pro product key.

3. Select Next to start the upgrade to Windows 11 Pro.

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