Updating xp home to pro
Usually you can press Alt-Tab to switch to it and accept the prompt.
If not, check the User Account Control Settings in the control panel – you can temporarily change them to Never notify, or change back to the default of Notify me only when applications try to make changes to my computer, which should show the prompt normally.
That means all but the oldest PCs should be able to cope, perhaps with some extra system RAM or storage.
If you plan to upgrade your hardware, make sure you buy the right parts for the sockets on your motherboard, which may predate modern standards.
You can check exactly how ready your PC is for Windows 8 by downloading Microsoft’s Upgrade Assistant.
This free tool will scan your system and check that it meets the hardware requirements, and if you connect your peripherals it will scan those for compatibility too.
Your personal files will be safe, but you’ll need to track down installers for all the programs you want to keep using.
The good news is that most software that runs in Windows XP should also work in Windows 8.
If you want to use Windows 10 at work and join the company domain (or use Azure Active Directory for PC management), or if you want to use your home PC to remotely access your system at work, or if you want Bit Locker whole disk encryption to protect your data, you want Windows 10 Pro rather than the Windows 10 Home version.Assuming everything is in order, you’ll then get the option to purchase and download Windows 8.Be warned that when you upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 8, all settings and applications will be wiped.In many cases, your easiest option will be simply to buy a new PC with a more up-to-date version of Windows preinstalled – especially if your current system dates from the early years of Windows XP.But if that doesn’t suit, there are several other options for a Windows XP system that’s reaching the end of the line.
That won't happen if you do a clean install of Windows 10 though, so in that case you'll still have to do the upgrade.