If you’ve ever bought a computer, chances are it came with the Home Version of Windows and if it was anytime recently it would be Windows 10 Home but you might know that there are other versions of Windows. There’s Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Education, Enterprise. You might be wondering if it’s worth it to get Windows 10 Pro and what the differences are and who would want that.
Windows 10 Home
First of all, let’s talk about Windows 10 Home price which is $119. Now I would actually say that Windows 10 Home has 99% of the features that any normal person would need. Especially if they’re not a professional there’s nothing you would not be able to do with Windows 10 Home. It’s not like the previous versions where they had Windows Home Premium with Vista and the Ultimate Version which had extra features.
There are no features that are missing from here that you would really need unless you were a professional of some kind which we’ll get to. The only real limit when it comes to Windows 10 home is the amount of RAM you can use which is a whopping 128 gigabytes which is less than what you get on Pro.
The other thing is that it doesn’t have BitLocker where Windows 10 Pro does and that’s really the only feature I would consider maybe something that a normal person would use. Now BitLocker is a feature that allows you to encrypt your entire hard drive, which is great for laptops which means that you have to type in a password before you even boot up the computer. So even if someone takes out the hard drive they still can’t access your data.
Windows 10 Pro
Now since Windows 10 home doesn’t really have anything that Windows 10 Pro doesn’t have. So from now on we’re just gonna basically talk about the features that Windows 10 Pro has and Windows 10 Home doesn’t.
Well, first of all, we can mention the price it’s $199 which is $80 more than Windows Home. So it doesn’t have as many features to justify it and really only you can decide that. The first thing we can mention is the RAM, Now I mentioned on Windows 10 Home it’s 128 gigabytes and on Windows 10 Pro its 2 terabytes. As for the real other features the first one is so-called Hyper-V Virtualization and this basically just allows native support for running virtual computers on Windows.
So you can actually do this with third party software like VMware or VirtualBox but with this, you can do it right through Windows. It basically just lets you run multiple instances of either Windows or another operating system and have it isolated from the regular operating system.
The next feature has to do with Remote Desktop. Now all versions of Windows support Remote Desktop in the sense that you can control other devices with it. However only Windows 10 Pro and other editions above that can be controlled through a remote desktop so you could use a Windows Home PC to control your work PC. For example, if it’s Windows 10 Pro, you can’t do it the other way around but again there is third-party software that will allow you to do this even if you don’t have Windows 10 Pro.
Now the next feature is probably something that the average person would be able to use and that is that the Windows 10 Pro version allows you to defer updates. So Windows 10 home basically doesn’t allow you to delay updates maybe for a few hours but Windows 10 Pro allows you to do it for up to a month or more. Especially the Windows 10 Enterprise which allows you to delay it indefinitely.
Now the rest of the few features are probably not going to be useful to almost anyone except in a business environment. The first one is Domain Join which means that you can use the Windows 10 Pro version to connect to a domain at work which basically just allows your computer to be controlled by an admin. If you’re not doing this for work unless you set it up for your home, This isn’t going to be very useful to you.
Related to that Windows 10 Pro does have the Group Policy Editor which allows admins to mask control configurations on many different computers in a network but it also does have the ability to control local policy. So that means that with the group policy editor you can actually change a lot of features that normally you wouldn’t be able to do even if you’re not in a work network. Actually, this can be a neat feature if you tend to be a power-user who really likes to customize hidden features that no one really cares about.
Another interesting feature with the Windows 10 Pro version is it has a feature called Assigned Access which basically allows you to restrict the computer or a single user from being able to use anything except one app. So this could be a good example if it’s a kiosk or something in a mall
The next feature has to do with Internet Explorer. I bet some of you have not used that in years especially with the Edge coming out in Windows 10 but it has what is called Internet Explorer Enterprise Mode which basically just is a compatibility mode for ancient corporate networks that still use web apps.
Then finally with the Windows 10 Pro version, you have the ability to use what is called Windows Store for business which allows you to buy app licenses. if you have 10 business computers and you can buy an app and then distribute it easily to all those computers through this Windows app store for business which would be different than the personal app store which is assuming that you’re only going to put it on the one computer, So it’s just a little bit more convenient for business cases.
So those are really the only big differences between home and pro and I personally do like to use pro just because it does have a couple of those features I do like like the ability to defer updates for more than like a day if I want to.