Differences between Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro?

What are the differences between Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro?

In this article I will explain the differences between Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro. There are 2 versions of Windows 10 that are mostly used: Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro. The pro version is mostly used on professional laptops and computers, as the name shows and Windows 10 Home is used on regular home systems. So, what’s the difference between these 2 versions of Windows 10? In this article I will go in more details and explain what are the differences between Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro, at the end of this article no doubt you will have a better understanding and be able to make an informed decision based on your needs and decide what is best for you.

In short

The game changing difference between Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro is the security. Windows 10 Pro is safer when it comes to protecting your PC and protecting data and that’s why even most of home users prefer to use the pro version over home. And that’s not it there is a lot more, with the pro version of windows 10 you can do several tasks such as linking a Windows 10 Pro device to a domain, or remote desktop and remote control another pc remotely in the office, which isn’t possible with a Windows 10 Home device.


Windows start menu Windows 10 Pro Windows 10 Home
Cortana Yes Yes
Windows Store Apps Yes Yes
Windows Ink Yes Yes
Windows Hello Yes Yes
Programs outside the Windows Store Yes Yes
Hyper-V Yes No
BitLocker Yes No
Microsoft Update for Business Yes No
Remote Desktop Yes No
Assigned Access Yes No

What are the major differences between the 2 Operating System?

As you can see from the above list, there are several features that Windows 10 Pro has over Windows 10 Home. The most important features are: BitLocker, Update for Business, Remote Desktop, and Assigned Access. But what do they actually do?

BitLocker and updates

Windows 10 Pro Protect files with BitLocker

BitLocker is an encryption tool that protects the files on your hard drive or external USB flash drives. This feature is useful if you have important private data on your PC or laptop. The most important thing about BitLocker or we can say its main purpose is that only you will be able to access these files with a password. Also, your computer needs a TPM chip, or you can’t use BitLocker without one. BitLocker is especially useful for traveling, even if you’re just going to a local cafe. If a drive is encrypted, BitLocker will encrypt all other files that are added to it. You also have the option to suspend encryption or remove it entirely. It’s really not that complicated: logging in to your PC will automatically make all your files accessible to you. It’s only if your PC is lost or robbed, BitLocker works to protect your files from being accessed by any other person than you.

Update via the Cloud

An advantage of Windows 10 Pro over Home is that it arranges updates via the cloud. With this, you can update multiple laptops and computers in a domain at the same time, from a central PC. That’s very time saving and easy. Partly because of this feature, many users prefer the Pro version of Windows 10 over the Home version.

Remote Desktop and Assigned Access

Windows 10 Pro enables you to Connect remotely with Remote Desktop

Another advantage of windows 10 Pro is that you can connect to another computer in the domain remotely. This feature is called Remote Desktop. How is that useful? With this feature, you allow someone to work from home, so they can have access to the necessary files on their office. On location, you can easily retrieve all data, so you’ll always have the necessary files, whether you’re at your office or working from home.

Windows 10 Pro enables access only to certain apps via Assigned Access

Another difference between Windows 10 Pro and Home is  to be able to choose to activate the Assigned Access function, which only the Pro has. You can use this function to select which apps other users are allowed to access. This means you can set up what others can use on your computer or laptop, for example they can only access the Internet, or everything but, via Assigned Access, you can control what others have access to and can do in your system.

Windows Sandbox 

Usually, we’d just say don’t run any unknown and suspicious files, but some people can’t help it, maybe it’s because they’re curious. Does that anonymous download that claims to upgrade performance actually work? Or is it malware in the face of a useful program? Windows 10 pro has a solution for you, you could install a virtualization solution and run the program in a sandbox so it won’t actually cause harm, with Windows Pro you get that feature as part of the OS.


Hyper-V is a Windows-only hypervisor used for running virtual machines on CPUs that support virtualization. If you plan on running VMs, then you should go for Pro, this feature might be worth the cost of Pro. While Hyper-V is included with your Windows 10 Pro license, it needs to be downloaded separately.

Also here are some other differences listed:

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


What Windows 10 Pro will cost

This section will give you an overview of the different Windows 10 costs  and the values that Windows 10 can bring, in general you can pay around £110 to download Windows 10 Home via different online platforms and various other channels.  For Windows 10 Pro you can pay around £200 to download Windows 10 Pro from various platforms, or pay a little less to buy it from an on online retailer. However, you may be able to take advantage of MS Office Store’s special deal, where a Windows 10 Pro license is sold for £99.99, in addition to this you also have at your disposal an outstanding customer service support.  Should you need any type of tech support we have a reliable tech support that will help you with any technical issues. At MS Office Store we are able to offer such excellent value to our customers, that’s because we don’t operate luxurious high-street shops, we’re not listed on any Stock Markets, we don’t have an overpaid CEO, we don’t run expensive TV Ads or celebrity campaigns, we deliver our products digitally. We pass these savings onto our customers – delivering exceptional quality at outstanding price with exceptional customer service.


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