How to upgrade your Microsoft Surface Laptop from Windows 10S to Windows 10 PRO?

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Here's how to upgrade Microsoft Surface Laptop or Windows 10S laptops to Windows 10 PRO
Microsoft Surface Laptop is certainly a beautiful piece of tech. However, there's something that is holding back this laptop from becoming like the best laptop on the market. And that is its Windows 10S. This platform currently has very limited of apps on Windows Store. The good news is, Microsoft allows you to upgrade your laptop to Windows 10 Pro. And it's free. Below we're gonna show you how exactly to do that.

Upgrading you Surface Laptop from Windows 10S to Windows 10 Pro is actually not that hard to do. And as mentioned above, it's also free. However, this free upgrade is only available for those of you who own Microsoft Surface Laptop or other Windows 10S computers that cost at $799 or above.

Here's how to upgrade your Microsoft Surface Laptop or Windows 10S laptops to Windows 10 PRO
Thankfully, schools and accessibility users are eligible to get this free upgrade to Windows 10 Pro. But it's worth mentioning that this free upgrade will only be available until the end of this year. So if you want to get out immediately from Windows 10S, we suggest you to do it now before it's to late.

On the other hand, if your Windows 10S laptop costs below $799, then you are required to pay the sum of $49 through Windows Store.

The good news is, if you have already purchased Windows 10 Pro OS separately, you can also use its serial key to gain this free upgrade and avoid paying this $49 fee. Isn't that awesome, huh?

Okay then, without further long introduction, in the following below, we're gonna show you how exactly to upgrade your Surface Laptop or Windows 10S laptops to Windows 10 Pro OS.

#1. Try to install an app outside Windows Store

In default, it's still pretty hard to find the option or button on Windows 10S to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro. Thankfully, there's one solution for that.

So in order to trigger the option to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro, all you need to do is download a 3rd party app outside Windows Store and then try to install it.

Usually, given that Windows 10S doesn't allow 3rd party apps outside Windows Store, it will then prompt you the dialogue box which basically tells you the restrictions on Windows 10S regarding 3rd party apps and it also offers the solution for you.

And that solution is of course by upgrading your laptop to Windows 10 Pro.

#2. Click the link "See how"

On that dialogue box, there is a sentence that says "Still want to install apps from outside Windows Store?". If you can see that, now click the link "See how" which can be found at the bottom of the dialogue box.

Once you click the link, it will automatically open a new page through the Windows Store. On that new page, you will be given the option to switch to Windows 10 Pro. There's also the comparison between Windows 10S and Windows 10 Pro shown on this page. So you better think twice before doing this upgrade.

Bear in mind that once your laptop is upgraded to Windows 10 Pro, you cannot go back to Windows 10 S ever again. So this switch is irreversible.

#3. The upgrade button will appear

Well, if you have thought this through and you stand firm to make an upgrade to Windows 10 Pro, the free upgrade button will appear.

However, as mentioned above, if your laptop doesn't tick all requirements for this free upgrade, you're gonna need to pay $49 fee first in order to proceed.

But if you have purchased Windows 10 Pro separately, you can also enter the serial key manually in order to avoid paying this $49 fee. After that, you can simply click the upgrade button.

#4 Make a backup of all your files!

The system then will ask you to save all your files before doing the switch to Windows 10 Pro. Once you are ready, then it's time to do the upgrade.

This process will take less than a minute before the system is shutting down and then rebooting again to the new Windows 10 PRO. Don't worry, all of your apps along with the settings will still remain the same. So you don't need to download the apps that you have installed earlier all over again on Windows 10 Pro. 

The notification will then be prompted to you saying that the upgrade to Windows 10 Pro is successful.

Congrats! Now you're allowed to download and install any 3rd party apps outside Windows Store. Enjoy!
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