Windows 10 home vs pro: Differences You need to know

Windows 10 home vs pro? Which edition should I buy? Want to know key differences between Windows 10 and Windows professional. You must know these differences before buying Windows 10.

I think Everyone needs Windows 10 home only. But Windows Pro has some extra features. You will get the list of extra features so that you will decide which Edition to buy. Even though there are 7 editions, you can use only these two editions in your PC.

Windows 10 Home

According to the Microsoft blog topic, Windows10 home is a customer-focused desktop Operating System. It gives a very good experience for Personnel computers, 2-in-1s, and tablets. Microsoft has introduced some extra features in Windows 10 home basic like Microsoft Edge browser, improved Cortana search, tablet mode, and many more. For complete details read my earlier blog post What’s new in Windows 10?

Caution: Please do not buy Windows Operating System or any Microsoft products from eCommerce stores. If you get any problem, you need to contact the vendor. You can get Microsoft support only when you buy Microsoft products from Microsoft store only.


Windows 10 Pro

Windows10 Professional edition is also a Desktop version for tablets, Computers, and 2-in-1s. It is built upon Windows 10 home. It has almost all the features of Windows10 home basic and some extra features for small organizations. With Windows 10 Professional, you can use cloud technology inefficient way. It will give high security. It will support remote mobile productivity.

Windows 10 home vs pro

The below table gives an overview of key differences between Windows 10 home vs pro.


Windows10 Home

Windows10 Pro

Device encryptionYesYes
Microsoft EdgeYesYes
Mobile device managementYesYes
Virtual desktopsYesYes
Windows HelloYesYes
Windows spotlightYesYes
Update to newer buildsYesYes
In-place upgrade to Education EditionYesYes
In-Place upgrade to Enterprise EditionNoYes
Assigned access 8.1NoYes
Bitlocker and EFSNoYes
Business storeNoYes
Remote desktopNoYes
Client Hyper – VNoYes
Join a domainNoYes
Group policy managementNoYes
Windows update for businessNoYes
Enterprise mode internet explorerNoYes
Private catalogNoYes
Enterprise data protectionNoYes

How to get Windows 10 home basic or Windows10 pro?

You will get Windows 10 as a free upgrade for Windows7 or Windows 8.1 versions. But you will get a free upgrade only within one year after the Windows10 release.

  • Windows 10 home is available as a free upgrade for Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 home premium, Windows 8 core, and Windows 8.1 core.
  • Windows 10 Professional is available as a free update for Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 8 Pro, and Windows 8.1 pro.

After the first year of Windows 10 release, you need to buy Windows 10. I recommend you to buy Windows Os from Microsoft only. You may also read Where / How to buy Windows 10? which version should I buy?.

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