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

There are 2 widely used versions of Windows 10: Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro. The latter is mostly used on professional laptops and computers, as the name suggests, while Windows 10 Home is mainly used on regular systems. But what's the difference between these 2 versions of Windows 10? I'll tell you in this article.

In short

The big difference between Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro is the security of the operating system. Windows 10 Pro safer when it comes to protecting your PC and protecting data. In addition, you can link a Windows 10 Pro device to a domain, which isn't possible with a Windows 10 Home device. Windows 10 Pro also has useful features such as Remote Desktop to remotely connect to another PC in the office.

In short

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 read 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 protects the files on your hard drive or external USB flash drives. This feature is especially useful if you have private data on your PC or laptop, because only you will be able to access these files with a password. Your computer or laptop does need a TPM chip, because you can't use this feature without one.

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

Update via the Cloud

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

Remote Desktop and Assigned Access

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Connect remotely with Remote Desktop

You can use Windows 10 Pro connect to another computer in the domain remotely. This function is called Remote Desktop. How is that useful? This way, you allow someone to work from home, so they can have access to the necessary files. 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.

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.



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