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Windows 10 Home or Pro Which is the Right Edition for You?

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Previously, we covered the differences between the various editions and architectures of windows 10 available. But even after understanding the differences, it can be hard to decide which edition is best for you and your needs. Admittedly, it can be a bit confusing. Microsoft does distribute a plethora of SKUs (and the company has rightly been made fun of for it). At the end of the day, your decision will boil down to just Home or Pro.

Which Edition of Windows 10 Should You Choose?

For many home PCs, Windows 10 Home can be a satisfactory edition that meets the needs of most users. Unlike previous Windows Home editions, Windows 10 Home includes most of the flagship features that you’ll recognize from Microsoft advertisements such asWindows Hello, Cortana digital assistant, andUniversal Appslike Edge, Groove, Photos, Mail, Action Center. But the big disadvantage with Windows 10 Home is the lack of control, particularly when it comes to the Windows Update service (more on this later).The upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update is starting to make the Home edition less desirable for several reasons we will discuss in this article. Plus, large organizations deploying Windows 10 in bulk will choose what you use on your computer at work, which can be either Pro or Enterprise . That decision in itself can also factor into what you use at home.

What’s the Difference Between Home and Pro Versions?

Windows 10 Home is also known as the Core edition and is the upgrade path from Windows 8/8.1 or Windows 8/8.1 Single Language. This edition does not include certain premium business features such as Domain Join, Hyper-V, Group Policy Editor, Remote Desktop, Language Packsor BitLocker Drive Encryption.

Windows 10 Pro is the premium business edition which supports advanced capabilities such as multi-processor support, up to 2 Tbs of RAM, Domain Join, Network Backup, Group Policy, Remote Desktop and Hyper-V. It is the logical successor to Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 8/8.1 Pro.


Windows 10 Home or Pro   Which is the Right Edition for You?
Windows Update Customization

Windows 10 Home embraces Microsoft’s service-oriented architecture. Updates and fixes are mandatory, and you have little choice over installing them. The release of theAnniversary Update in 2016 made installing updates more convenient with features such as Active Hours and Restart Options . Beyond that, there is not much else you can do when Microsoft needs to install updates and restart your machine .

Windows 10 Pro, on the other hand, is a toolbox of options. Even though the defaults are similar to Windows 10 Home, Pro offers more control over your Windows Updates. The Windows 10 Pro Creators Update, for instance, lets you pause updates for up to 35 days. In current and previous releases, you could configure these options through the Group Policy editor; a feature that has always been exclusive to the Pro SKU. For users such as myself, the pause option is a welcome addition. I live in the sticks, and I have to work with a limited 3G metered connection . Windows 10 sometimes doesn’t care even when I adjust my connection as Metered and still slips through with those large updates the operating system is notorious for.


Windows 10 Home or Pro   Which is the Right Edition for You?
BitLocker Driver Encryption

Another feature still lacking in Windows 10 Home is BitLocker Drive Encryption . One of the justifications for not including BitLocker in Home is its complexity, which I consider to be a weak argument. Many years ago, operating systems never came built in with a Firewall because they were thought to be too complex and intrusive. In fact, Windows XP Home initially came with the Windows Firewall turned off. The release of Windows XP SP2 enabled it, while bidirectional support arrived inWindows Vista Home editions.

So, I find the argument that including BitLocker in Windows 10 Home would prove too difficult for users to deal with lacking. If you purchase a Microsoft Surface Pro or Surface Book, these devices come with the Pro edition of Windows 10 installed and BitLocker is enabled by default. I am sure Microsoft is not targeting either device as solely for business, developers or large organizations. In fact, many of the testimonials on Microsoft’s Surface Facebook page are from prosumers who use these devices at home. One could say the ideas of a Windows 10 Home and Pro user are blurring.


Windows 10 Home or Pro   Which is the Right Edition for You?
Hyper-V

There are also advanced features that power users in home environments might find they need. A built-in virtualization solution such as Hyper-V can be the ultimate solution for compatibility issues with older apps . With each revision of Windows 10, the real risk of compatibility issues arise, and for many home users running that one legacy app that gets broken by an update, an out of the box solution such as Hyper-V might smooth things over. Even the new Quick Create feature in Hyper-V seems targeted at novice users not accustomed to such features.


Windows 10 Home or Pro   Which is the Right Edition for You?
Language Packs

It’s not strange these days to visit a home where families speak a mix of tongues. Windows 10 Home does support language packs , but the confusion around country-specific distributions and single-language editions makes it hard to know if it officially does or not. Windows 10 Pro comes out of the box ready to download and install different language interfaces.


Windows 10 Home or Pro   Which is the Right Edition for You?
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