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Understanding the differences between Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro?

In this article we will look at the differences between Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro. There are 2 main versions of Windows 10 that are mostly used: Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro. The pro version is generally 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 we will go in more details and examine 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 the right decision based on your needs and decide what is best for you.

In short

The major 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 safeguarding data and that’s why even most of home users tend to 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, which isn’t possible with a Windows 10 Home device, or remote desktop and remote control another pc remotely in the office.


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 key differences between the 2 Operating System?

As you can see from the table above, there are several advantages 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 limits access to the files on your hard drive or external USB flash drives. This feature is useful if you have private data on your PC or laptop. The most important thing about BitLocker, or its main purpose, is that only you will be able to access these files using a password. Also, your computer needs a TPM chip, please note you can’t use BitLocker without one. BitLocker is especially helpful for traveling, even if you’re just going to a local cafe. If a drive is encrypted, BitLocker will protect and encrypt all other files that are added to it. You also have the option to pause encryption or remove it entirely. It’s really not a complicated process: logging in to your PC will automatically make all your files accessible to you. It’s only if your PC becomes lost or stolen that BitLocker works to protect your files from being accessed by any person than you.

Update via the Cloud

An advantage of Windows 10 Pro over Home is that it updates via the cloud. With this, you can update multiple laptops and computers in a domain at once, from a central PC. That saves a lot of time and is easy. Partly due to 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 over Windows 10 Home is that you can connect to another computer in the domain remotely. This feature is known as Remote Desktop. How does that help? With this feature, you can allow someone to work from home, and give them access to the necessary files in their office. On location, you can easily access 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 the ability to activate the Assigned Access function, which only Windows 10 Pro has. You can use this function to selectively choose which apps other users are allowed to access. This means you can set up what software users can run on your computer or laptop, for example they can only access the Internet, or everything but. Via Assigned Access, you are able to control what others have access to and can do in your system.

Windows Sandbox 

Usually, we’d just advice that you 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 really work? Or is it malware in the face of a helpful program? Windows 10 pro has a solution to protect you, you could install a virtualization solution and execute the program in a sandbox so it won’t actually harm your computer, with Windows Pro you get that feature as part of the OS.


Hyper-V is a Windows-only hypervisor made for running virtual machines on CPUs that support virtualization. If you plan on running VMs, then you should go for Pro, this feature alone may be worth the cost of Pro. While Hyper-V is included with your Windows 10 Pro license, it must 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 value that Windows 10 can offer. In general you may expect to pay around £110 to download Windows 10 Home via different online platforms and various other channels. For Windows 10 Pro you may pay around £200 to download Windows 10 Pro from various platforms, or a little less to buy it from an on online retailer.  You may, however, 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 access to outstanding customer service support.  Should you need any type of tech support we offer reliable support that will help you with any technical issues. At MS Office Store we are able to offer excellent value to our customers 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 only deliver our products digitally.  We pass these savings straight onto our customers – delivering exceptional quality at outstanding price with exceptional customer service.