For six months now I’ve been searching for an inexpensive Windows 10 Home to Pro upgrade key and have finally taken the plunge. This all started when I purchased a brand new Dell XPS8940 six months ago at a fantastic price — an offer too good to refuse. The only drawback being that it came with Windows 10 Home pre-installed rather than Windows 10 Pro. Not that I have anything against the Home edition, under normal circumstances it would suit me fine. However, being a tech writer I often need access to the additional features afforded by the Pro edition — such as the Group Policy Editor and Windows Sandbox, for example — for the purpose of writing associated articles/guides.
I bought the Dell machine at such a good price that I had enough wiggle room in the budget to pay for the upgrade from Home to Pro — or so I thought. Unfortunately, I made a rookie mistake. I failed to check the price of the upgrade beforehand. Not long after I got the new machine I started the upgrade process through the Microsoft Store and nearly fell off my chair when I saw Microsoft was demanding a whopping $300.00AU for the upgrade license. No way I was going to pay that much. And so began the search for a less expensive alternative.
Mr Key Shop
Over the past six months, I’ve researched numerous online stores selling Windows and Office license keys at reduced prices and finally came across one that met my criteria, namely Mr Key Shop. I wasn’t looking for a super cheap price — following the tried and true adage that if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. All I wanted was a reasonable price from an established source. When I delved into Mr Key Shop, which sells discounted license keys for a variety of Windows and Microsoft Office editions, my research only uncovered positive results:
- Mr Key Shop is based in the U.K and has been established for more than 18 years
- The vast majority of customer reviews on Trustpilot are positive (1614 reviews averaging out at 4.9 out of 5)
- Provides multiple secure payment options including PayPal and Amazon Pay
- Great communications with instant delivery via email
One thing I do not like to do under any circumstances is provide my credit card details online, so the PayPal option was a major plus for me. No sooner had the transaction been completed than I instantly received several email messages from Mr Key Shop, including a detailed invoice plus a comprehensive guide on how to proceed which also included the license key. If you purchase a Windows license key (as opposed to the upgrade key) the email contains not only comprehensive instructions but also a direct link to download the Windows version (ISO) associated with your key.
I paid $70.00AU for the Windows 10 Home to Pro upgrade key, not super cheap but a very reasonable price and less than a quarter of the $300.00AU demanded by Microsoft. The upgrade proceeded smoothly with no hiccups and my Windows 10 Home machine has now been successfully upgraded to Windows 10 Pro.
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I am not necessarily recommending Mr Key Shop, because that could potentially leave me in a vulnerable position. I am merely providing you with the results of my research and details of my first-hand experience dealing with the company. The rest is entirely up to you.
I must add that I would never recommend buying super cheap license keys off eBay where many of the vendors are fly-by-nighters. It’s all very well to provide great-sounding guarantees but if the vendor leaves eBay and/or becomes uncontactable, those guarantees are worthless. That’s why it’s important to look for a well-established source.
NOTE: Right now, I am unable to guarantee that the license I purchased will not stop working at some time down the track, that’s something only time will tell. However, based on my findings and experience to date, I am very confident that will not be the case.
- Disclaimer: Neither myself nor DCT are in any way associated nor affiliated with Mr Key Shop and we derive no benefit from or as a result of this publication