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

There are 2 frequently-used versions of Windows 10. These are Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro. The latter can mainly be found on business laptops and computers, as the name suggests. On the other hand, Windows 10 Home is mostly used on regular systems. But what is the difference between these 2 versions? You can read it in this article.

In short

The main difference between Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro is the security of the operating system. Windows 10 Pro is a safer choice when it comes to protecting your PC and securing your information. In addition, you can choose to connect the Windows 10 Pro to a domain. This isn't possible with a Windows 10 Home device. What's more, Windows 10 Pro offers useful functions like Remote Desktop. With this function, you can remotely connect to another PC at the office.

Comparison between Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro

Windows 10 Pro Windows 10 Home
Windows start menu Yes Yes
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 differences?

As you can see in the table, there are several features that Windows 10 Pro has and Windows 10 Home doesn't have. The 4 most important are BitLocker, Update for Business, Remote Desktop, and Assigned Access. But what do these features do?

BitLocker and updates

Logo Windows 10 BitLocker

Protect files with BitLocker

BitLocker is an encryption tool that allows you to secure your files on your hard drive or external USB flash drives. This function mainly comes in handy if you have sensitive data stored on your PC or laptop, since you'll only be able to access these files with a password. You do need a computer or laptop with a TPM chip. Without this chip, you can't use this feature. A TPM chip encrypts data on hardware, so the information can't be stolen.

2-in-1 laptop, all-in-one PC, and laptop with Windows start menu. A cloud logo in the corner.

Update via the Cloud

One advantage of Windows 10 Pro is that you can perform your updates via the cloud. That way, you can update multiple laptops and computers within the domain in one go from a central PC. That's convenient and it saves you time. This is one of the reasons that many organizations choose Windows 10 Pro instead of Windows 10 Home.

Remote Desktop and Assigned Access

Laptop with Windows 10 start menu.

Connect remotely with Remote Desktop

With Windows 10 Pro, you can remotely connect to another computer within the same domain. This function is called Remote Desktop. Why is this useful? It allows you to work from home without having the necessary files on hand. You can easily access all of your data on location, so you have all the files you need when you work at the office and when you work at home.

Three 2-in-1 laptops.

Only have access to certain apps via Assigned Access

The last difference between Windows 10 Pro and Home is the Assigned Access function, which only the Pro has. You can use this function to determine which app other users are allowed to use. That means you can set up that others that use your computer or laptop can only access the Internet, or everything but. Via Assigned Access, you can control what others can do in your system.

Personal advice in the stores

Advice on the store.

Do you prefer to experience the difference between Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro yourself? Or do you want more personal advice from an expert? Make an appointment to visit our store. We'll take our time to help you out. And if you've made up your mind, we can set up your new laptop for you right away.

Our advice for a laptop with Windows 10 Home

Powerful enough for photo editing | Intel Core i5 - 8GB - 512GB SSD | Fingerprint scanner - Lightweight: 1.2kg
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  • With an Intel Core i5 processor and 8GB RAM, you can multitask with light programs like Microsoft Office.
  • This laptop only weighs 1.2kg, so it's easier to take with you than other laptops.
  • The backlit keyboard ensures that you make less typos in the dark.
  • If you edit a lot of photos or videos, choose a laptop with at least an Intel Core i7 processor.

Our advice for a laptop with Windows 10 Pro

Suitable for business use | Intel Core i5 - 8GB - 256GB SSD | Windows 10 Pro
799,-
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  • With Windows 10 Pro, your files are better protected and you can log in to another computer within your domain via Remote Desktop.
  • Thanks to the Intel Core i5 processor and 8GB RAM, you can multitask with light programs like Microsoft Office.
  • The backlit keyboard ensures that you make less typos in the dark.
  • If you edit a lot of photos or videos, choose a laptop wiht at least an Intel Core i7 processor.
  • Due to the limited capacity of the 256GB SSD drive, you'll have to look for extra storage space for large amounts of files sooner.

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