Windows 10

Windows 10 Home vs Windows 10 Professional

Microsoft offers Windows 10 in two versions: Home and Professional. It’s easy to understand on a conceptual level what this means. Pro is for people to use at work, and Home is for personal machines. But what’s the real difference? Let’s take a look at Windows 10 Home vs 10 Pro.

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Microsoft Windows 10 Home

  • Additional $99 to upgrade to Pro.
  • Win_dows Store for home use.
  • Can join a workgroup.

Microsoft Windows 10 Pro

  • Win_dows Store for Business.
  • Additional security features.
  • Administrative and enterprise tools.
  • Can join an Azure Active Directory Domain.

Knowing your operating system’s needs helps your decision between Win_dows 10 Home versus Microsoft Win__dows 10 Pro. So, if you’re a home user, Win-dows 10 Home will take care of your computing needs. But if you need complex features, such as a network domain or the ability to manage group policies on several computers (such as a small office), Microsoft Win_dows 10 Pro has these advanced features to make management easy and centralized.

However, if your networking needs are less complicated or you have a single computer, Win_dows 10 Home should be sufficient for an operating system. However, if you’re on a budget, the lower price should help. If you find out later that you need more advanced features, Microsoft charges $99 to upgrade rather than buying a new license.

Windows 10 home & Pro Features: Pro Has More Features

Windows 10 Home

  • Remote desktop support requires a third-party app.
  • Requires a third-party app for a virtual desktop.
  • Win_dows Store for home use.

Updates occur through Windows Update

Windows 10 Pro

  • Enterprise Mode Internet Explorer.
  • Remote desktop.
  • Client Hyper-V.
  • Group policy management.
  • Enterprise state roaming with Azure Active Directory.
  • Assigned Access.
  • Dynamic Provisioning.
  • Update for Business.
  • Shared PC configuration.

The bottom line is Microsoft Windows 10 Pro offers more than its Win_dows Home counterpart, which is why it’s more expensive. There’s nothing Win_dows 10 Home can do that Pro can’t. These operating systems are largely the same.

The difference is based on whether the license you activate is for Home or Pro. You may have done this before, either when installing Win_dows or setting up a new PC for the first time. During the setup, you reach a point where you enter a 25-character Product ID (license key).

Based on that key, Win_dows makes a set of features available in the OS. The features average users need are present in Home. Pro offers more features, but this refers to the built-in functions of Win_dows, and many of these functions are tools used only by system administrators. So, what are these additional features in the Pro version, and do you need these features?

Security: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Has Additional Security Features

Windows 10 Home

  1. Requires a third-party app purchase for encryption.
  2. Defender Antivirus.
  3. Wind_ows Hello.

Windows 10 Pro

  1. Built-in encryption (BitLocker) and management.
  2. Defender Antivirus.
  3. Win_dows Hello.

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Windows 10 home & Pro Management Features:

Microsoft Windows 10 Home

  • Windows updates occur through Win_dows Update.

Microsoft Windows 10 Pro

  • Group policy management.
  • Enterprise state roaming with Azure Active Directory.
  • Win_dows Store for Business.
  • Assigned Access.
  • Dynamic Provisioning.
  • Shared PC configuration.
  • Windows Update for Business.

Some Microsoft Windows 10 Pro advantages won’t be as important to the personal computing enthusiast. Nonetheless, it’s worth knowing some of the business-focused functions you’d pay for if you upgraded to Pro:

1. Enterprise State Roaming with Azure Active Directory: This allows users to synchronize important settings and application info across devices through the Microsoft Azure cloud. This doesn’t include documents and files but rather how the machine is configured.

2. Windows Store for Business: This is like the consumer-facing Windows Store, except this one allows business users to purchase apps at volume. They can also manage those purchases or subscriptions for all users in the organization.

3. Assigned Access: Assigned Access allows administrators to create a kiosk out of a PC, meaning users can only access a single app, typically a web browser.

4. Dynamic Provisioning: In the past, getting a new PC ready to use within an organization was a big undertaking. Administrators needed to enable and disable features, set up the user and device on the corporate domain, and install applications. Dynamic Provisioning allows the admin to create a profile on a USB drive. When starting a new machine, the admin inserts the drive and the PC auto-configures with whatever the admin desires.

5. Windows Update for Business: This is also an enterprise-focused counterpart to Windows Update. It allows admins to control the updates, such as when and how PCs to update.

6. Shared PC Configuration: A mode suited to setting up more than one individual on a PC, such as temporary workers.

7. Take a Test: Like the above-mentioned Shared PC and Assigned Access setups, Take a Test is focused on the educational market and allows users to sign in to take an exam.

Choose the Version for Your Needs

You’ll need to choose between Home and Pro when you buy a computer or buy a Windows copy in a store or online. Take a moment to give it some thought before you make your purchase, for two reasons:

  • Price: If you go with Home, you’ll pay $139 if you buy from Microsoft. Pro is $199. However, if you want to upgrade Home to Pro later, it’s $99—making your total cost $238. Going the upgrade route is more expensive in the long run.
  • Upgrading from Home to Pro: On the other hand, upgrading from Home to Pro is straightforward. When you upgrade, the Pro license supersedes the Home license.

If you plan to use the machine for business purposes at some point, or if you’re not concerned about cost, go with Windows 10 Pro. However, if you don’t believe you need Pro’s enterprise features, your best bet is to get Windows 10 Home.


Windows 10 tips and tricks you need to know.

Windows is so commonplace that many of us don’t realize that it has special features that boost your computer’s speed. It streams media to multiple devices, share content with your family, and customise it to make it your own. Windows 10 has come a long way in the past 30 years, and the number of handy tricks may surprise you.


13 most important tips and tricks in Windows 10

Here are a few of the most interesting tools in the Windows 10:

1. A Whole New Start (Menu)

The start menu is a Windows classic. It’s easily accessible through the stylized Windows icon in the corner of your screen. Click on it, and you get a layout of your most-used programs, access to power options, and shortcuts to your file explorer and computer’s settings. Change the start menu’s appearance when you right-click on the icon instead. If you’re using a touchscreen, then touch the icon, hold it down for a second and then release

Alternatively, use a keyboard shortcut by hitting the Windows key. Right-clicking, the Start icon delivers a quick and clean menu. The access to programs is still there, but it also puts a lot more at your fingertips, including the Task Manager, Control Panel, Device Manager, and even the trusty Command Prompt. You can also access this advanced menu by hitting the Windows key + X.Get the Talking Tech newsletter in your inbox.

2. Windows 10 Disk Cleanup

Remember disk cleanup? It was a way to make your computer run faster when PCs had less RAM than they do today. Disk Cleanup fell by the wayside for most of us as PCs and laptops have become more sophisticated. But your computer could still use a de-bloating now and again.

Disk Cleanup is a simple way to delete files and to ensure your Recycle Bin is cleared out. On Windows 10, type “disk cleanup” into your taskbar where it says, “Type here to search” >> Click on Disk Cleanup app >> Put a checkmark next to each folder you want to be deleted, such as temporary files. 

3. Malware Removal

It’s more important than ever to have a multilayered approach to cybersecurity. Windows Defender is a security tool that can set up to block malware attacks in real-time, or you can perform a scan when you need it.

To make sure it’s on, type “Windows Defender” into your taskbar >> Select Windows Defender app  >> Make sure Real-time protection is on.

4. Windows 10 Open Taskbar Quickly

Windows 10 brought with it a slew of new and convenient keyboard shortcuts. Take a look at the taskbar at the bottom of your screen where you have program icons lined up, most likely including your web browser and the Windows file explorer, among others. You can open those programs by hitting the Windows key and the number that corresponds to the location of the icon in the

Let’s say, from left to right, and you have the File Explorer folder icon, the multi-coloured round Chrome browser icon, and the blue “e” for Microsoft’s Edge browser. Hold down the Windows key and press “2,” and Chrome will open right up for you. It’s a quick way to access your most popular apps without reaching for your mouse.

5. Quick Assist

We all have that tech-challenged family member, don’t we? It might be your Aunt Sally in Boise, your best friend from high school or your book-smart but computer-novice dad.

That’s why there’s Quick Assist. In Windows 10, type “quick assist” into your taskbar >> Select Get Assistance or Give Assistance and then follow the onscreen instructions.

6. Windows 10 Video Streaming

If you’re like me, you probably don’t think about Windows 10 to stream videos on your TV. However, you can use compatible devices such as Roku and Xbox One S. Type “media streaming” into the Windows 10 taskbar >> Select Media Streaming Options and follow the instructions.

7. Shake Your Windows

Here’s a fun one. If you have stacks and stacks of windows open and want to declutter down to just one, do this. Click on the top bar of your desired window, hold it down, and shake the mouse to minimize all other open windows instantly. Please do it again to restore those windows.

8. Find Slow Programs

You’re working on your computer, but it’s dragging. You want to shout “Hurry up!” as you wait for tabs to switch or changes to take hold. It’s time to find out what’s slowing you down, so open up the Task Manager and check out the “Processes” tab. It will show you which apps and background processes are running and how much of your CPU, memory, disk and network resources they are each hogging up.

9. Windows 10 Task Manager

The Windows Task Manager was once a fairly straightforward feature, used mainly to force-quit an unresponsive program. The Windows 10 Task Manager is much more thorough. You can summon it through the right-click Start Menu or by hitting the traditional keyboard combination of Control-Alt-Delete and selecting it from the menu that appears.

10. Track Your Apps

When you open your regular Start Menu, you see a list of your apps running down the side. The most-used apps are on top, but the rest are laid out in alphabetical order. You could scroll through them all to find the one you want to open, but a quicker way to manage it is by clicking on any of the main letters (like “A”). This opens up a view of the entire alphabet. Just click on the first letter of the app you want, and Windows will take you directly to that part of the Start Menu.

11. Find Missing or Corrupted Files

Remember this: cmd. It’s a command prompt that can help you find files that your Windows operating system needs to work properly. It can also help you fix problems.

Type “cmd” into the taskbar >> Right-click on Command Prompt >> select Run As Administrator. To find missing or corrupted files, type “SFC /scan now.” To check for disk problems, type “chkdsk /f.”

12. Share Files

You and your family probably send each other files all the time. You might send a document or a video by email. A better way is to set up everyone in your house on a Windows network to share files.

You start by clicking on the Start button (the Windows icon on the lower-left side of your computer screen). Then, go to Settings (the little gear icon) >> Network & Internet >> HomeGroup >> Create a HomeGroup.

13. Speed Up Your Startup

When your computer gets slow, access Task Manager and trim down the number of programs that load on startup. Click on the “Startup” tab, and you will see a list of all your programs, whether they’re enabled, and what sort of impact each one has on your startup.

Select a program and hit the “Disable” button to remove it from your start-up process. Scrutinize anything with a medium or high impact, but focus on programs you don’t use often.

If you find an app eating more than its fair share, then you can shut it down by selecting it and clicking “End task.” Be aware that you may lose work when you do this, so save first if you can.