Windows 10 Home vs. Windows 10 Pro: Which Should You Choose?
When it comes to your computer’s operating system, Windows 10 leads the way. But should you go the extra mile and pay for Windows 10 Pro? Here’s the pros and cons.
If you’re using a PC then the chances are you’re using Windows. While there are some die-hard Windows 7 and 8 users, most users are plugged in to Windows 10. Generally, any new PC will have Windows 10 pre-installed and most people managed to jump on the free giveaway when it first came out. This version is Windows 10 Home.
To upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro will cost you around US$100, so is it really worth taking this step when you can get Home for free if you’re already using Windows 7 or 8.1?
In this article, we’ll go over the pros and cons of both Windows 10 Home and Pro and see if it’s worth upgrading. Obviously, if you can get a free version of Windows 10 Home then Windows 10 Pro is going to need to offer some great features to convince you to separate from your money from your bank.
Windows 10 Home vs. Windows 10 Pro
On the surface, Windows 10 Home and Pro look remarkably similar. For the most part, the two share the same features and there aren’t actually many that are unique to Windows 10 Pro. You might think that this negates any reason to pay $100 for it, but it’s important to consider what those features are and what they can do to improve your experience.
First of all, let’s have a look at what has stayed the same over both versions. Both share more or less the same interface. The smooth design of Windows 10 was a welcome change from the tablet-first Windows 8, which most people didn’t like to use on their desktop. Windows 10 is essentially Windows 7 for the modern world – it’s both sleek and realistic. Perfect for getting things done while also looking great.
Both Windows 10 Home and Pro have Cortana – the built-in computer assistant that you can get to load pages, tell jokes, and occasionally flirt with – although for most users she’s pretty obsolete. The fact that Microsoft now allows you to install Amazon Alexa is testament to the fact that they’ve lost the assistant race.
Both also feature Microsoft Edge – the replacement for Internet Explorer that works very smoothly and can even rival Chrome and Firefox. They also both allow for universal apps which, once installed, will work on any device you’re using.
The everyday features of both versions are the same. If you were using Home and you borrowed a friend’s laptop which was running on Pro, then you probably wouldn’t even realize that anything was different. It’s only once you get into the nitty-gritty and purpose-specific features of Pro that their differences become apparent.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN WINDOWS 10 HOME AND PRO?
The main difference between Windows 10 Home and Pro is that the latter is predominantly designed for business. If you’re just using your PC at home, then there isn’t really much point in upgrading to Pro – aside from some additional security benefits that it brings. For the most part, casual users won’t find anything of note in the Pro upgrade.
That being said, if you are running a business, then Windows 10 Pro comes kitted out with the Enterprise Mode Internet Explorer, as well as Windows Store for Business and Windows Update for Business. These features, as the names suggest, will help you access tools that will make managing your business easier.
With Pro, you can remotely control your desktop – a great way to get work done on it from miles away, or just to freak out the rest of your family whenever they try to use it in your absence.
MORE SECURITY: Windows 10 Pro also comes with BitLocker, which encrypts your drivers to ensure that they’re secure from hackers. It also allows you to encrypt individual files to make transferring them more secure. This can be used for USB sticks to ensure that nothing is amiss when you’re sending sensitive files to someone else.
You can also hold off updates – something which you can’t do in Home. This means that you can wait until a buggy update has been fixed before choosing to install it on your PC. Oftentimes, the first releases of an update haven’t had sufficient testing and can produce bugs. Having the option to delay installing them prevents any issues here.
Here’s a list of the rest of the features that are unique to Pro.
Is it worth upgrading to Windows 10 Pro?
So, the final question: Is it worth it? Honestly, if you’re just planning on using it for everyday purposes, then no. If you’re running a business and you want to have a computer capable of providing you with cutting edge tools that will help you manage it, then yes.
For the price-tag, you casual users are better off just sticking to their existing Home version. If you’re looking to purchase either, then we recommend you get them through Amazon rather than Microsoft, as the prices are significantly cheaper.
It might also be worth checking out Windows 10 S, which is designed with students and teachers in mind. Although, the only major difference with S is that you can’t download third-part apps on it – something that you can do on Pro.