Windows 10: Home Vs Pro Edition

October 2016

While Windows 10 Home is intended for a casual use, Windows10 Pro will primarily be of interest to SMEs and professionals requiring access to specific administration or security features. What are the differences between Windows 10 Home and the Pro edition? Which edition of Windows 10 is right for you? All you need to know is in this article.

Which Windows 10 edition is free?

Well, it all depends on the current edition of Windows you are using. You can either get a free upgrade to Windows 10 Home or Pro:


FromTo
Windows 7 Starter
Windows 7 Home Basic
Windows 7 Home Premium
Windows 7 Professional
Windows 7 Ultimate
Windows 8.1
Windows 8.1 Pro
Windows 8.1 Pro Student
Windows 8.1 Pro WMC
Windows Phone 8.1
Windows 10 Home
Windows 10 Home
Windows 10 Home
Windows 10 Pro
Windows 10 Pro
Windows 10 Home
Windows 10 Pro
Windows 10 Pro
Windows 10 Pro
Windows 10 Mobile

Common features available on both Windows 10 Home und Pro

There are several basic features shared by both Windows 10 Home and Pro:


Feature Home Edition Pro Edition
Customizable Start Menu Yes Yes
Windows Defender/Firewall Yes Yes
Fast start up with Hiberboot and InstantGo Yes Yes
TPM Support Yes Yes
Power Saving Mode Yes Yes
Windows UpdateYes Yes
Cortana Yes Yes
Windows Hello (biometric) Yes Yes
Virtual DesktopsYes Yes
Snap Assist Yes Yes
Snap AppsYes Yes
Continuum (sync PC and tablet) Yes Yes
Microsoft Edge Web browserYes Yes

Administration and security features

The major difference between the Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro lies in the number of administration and security tools available on the pro edition. For example, features such as BitLocker drive encryption, DirectAccess or the Group Policy Editor are available only in the Windows 10 Pro edition:


Feature Home Edition Pro Edition
Device encryption Yes Yes
Joining domains No Yes
Group Policy NoYes
BitLocker NoYes
Internet Explorer Enterprise Mode No Yes
Kiosk Mode NoYes
Remote Desktop NoYes
Client Hyper-V No Yes
Enterprise-specific app on Windows Store No Yes
DirectAccess No Yes

Other features

Most of the advanced management tools and apps are only available on the Pro edition:


Features Home Edition Pro Edition
Sideloading of Windows Store apps Yes Yes
Mobile Device Management Yes Yes
Azure Active Directory NoYes
Easily upgrade from Pro to Enterprise Edition NoYes
Easily upgrade from Home to Education Edition Yes No

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