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It seems you will be able to upgrade Windows 10 Cloud to Windows 10 Pro - and here's how

Last month, details were revealed of a new "lightweight version of Windows designed for the modern computing world". Since then, we've learned that it will be known as Windows 10 Cloud, and only capable of running apps made for the Windows Store (although someone has already managed to get Google Chrome running on it). Further revelations have emerged since then, after the new version of the OS leaked last week - and we even published a hands-on video offering a closer look at what it has to offer.

While Windows 10 Cloud is expected to be a free version of the OS, it was rumored that it may be possible to upgrade it to a more capable and fully-featured version - at a price, of course. Now, MSPoweruser has apparently confirmed that it will indeed be possible to upgrade Windows 10 Cloud to Windows 10 Pro, via a purchase through the Windows Store.

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If you try to open an x86 app on Windows 10 Cloud, a pop-up notification will appear informing you that "the app you're trying to install isn't designed for Windows Cloud". Below that text, a further dialog states that "Windows Cloud helps protect your PC by only running Windows Store apps", adding: "Still want to install the app? See how."

Clicking on the link will then open up the Store, offering the opportunity to "Upgrade to Windows 10 Pro". The Store listing states:

With Windows 10 Pro, you get enhanced features to help you easily connect to company networks, access one PC from another, encrypt your data, and more. For advanced technical and security features, go Pro.

The listing also shows the range of features that you can expect with Windows 10 Pro, including BitLocker, Remote Desktop, Hyper-V, private app catalog support, and more.

It's worth highlighting that the Store listing also states: "You can't buy Windows 10 Pro based on the version of Windows 10 you're running." That message is likely being shown because the Store infrastructure doesn't yet exist to enable paid upgrades from Cloud to Pro - and even if it did, the fact that the gif was captured from an Insider Preview would make it unlikely that the upgrade could be completed anyway. The listing also doesn't reveal how much the upgrade will cost.

Microsoft has still made no official announcements about its Windows 10 Cloud plans - but the pieces of the puzzle are gradually coming together to form a more complete picture about the new entry-level version of its OS.

Source: MSPoweruser

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