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The Windows 10 Guide

Friday, June 25, 2021 12:34:03 PM Africa/Johannesburg

The Windows 10 Guide

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?

 

Read more to find out the main differences between them.

Feature

Windows 10 Pro

Windows 10 Home

Windows Hello

Yes

Yes

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 on the table, there are multiple features that Windows 10 Pro has and Windows 10 Home doesn't have. They are Hyper-V. BitLocker, Update for Business, Remote Desktop, and Assigned Access. But what do these features do?

Hyper-V

Hyper-V is a Microsoft technology that allows users to create virtual computer environments, and run and manage multiple operating systems on a single physical PC

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.

Microsoft Update for Business

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

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 will always have the necessary files, whether you're at your office or working from home.

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 can use. That means you can set up accounts so that others can use your computer or laptop can only access the Internet, or everything besides certain apps. Via Assigned Access, you can control what others can do in your system.

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