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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.

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