Windows 10 Home Vs. Windows 10 Pro

Microsoft Windows is a collection of proprietary graphical operating system families, carefully developed and skillfully marketed by Microsoft Corporation. The pioneering Windows version 1.0 debuted on November 10, 1983, and since then, an impressive array of over a dozen Windows editions have been launched, culminating in the current iteration, Windows 10. Among the wide range of editions, Windows Home and Windows Professional (Pro) stand out as the most prevalent choices for home computer users.

Windows versions

Home Vs. Pro

The standard version of Windows 10 is Windows 10 Home edition, which caters to home users, while Windows 10 Pro serves as an extension to Home, offering additional features, functionalities, and pricing targeted towards small to medium-sized businesses. Both editions share fundamental features familiar to users from previous Windows versions, and they are compatible with desktops, laptops, and tablets, incorporating tools like Cortana and Microsoft Edge. Despite these similarities, the distinctions between Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro lie in the latter's advanced features, tailored for more experienced users and businesses, which may hold less significance for the average home user.

Compare Windows 10 Home vs. Pro

Features Home Pro
Windows Hello Yes Yes
Cortana Yes Yes
Device encryption Yes Yes
Start Menu Yes Yes
Battery Saver Yes Yes
Microsoft Edge Yes Yes
Firewall and network protection Yes Yes
Microsoft Passport Yes Yes
Internet protection Yes Yes
Continuum Yes Yes
Snap Assist Yes Yes
Parental controls / protection Yes Yes
Secure Boot Yes Yes
Windows Ink Yes Yes
Windows Defender Antivirus Yes Yes
Virtual Desktop Yes Yes
Windows Update Yes Yes
Assigned Access No Yes
Domain Join No Yes
Device Guard No Yes
Enterprise Mode IE (EMIE) No Yes
BitLocker device encryption No Yes
Group Policy Management No Yes
Hyper-V No Yes
Remote Desktop No Yes
Trusted Boot No Yes
Windows Information Protection (WIP) No Yes
Windows Store for Business No Yes
Windows Update for Business No Yes
Max Supported Ram 128 GB 2TB

Windows 10 Home Requirements:

  1. 1 GHz or faster compatible processor
  2. 1 GB RAM for 32-bit; 2 GB for 64-bit
  3. Up to 20 GB available hard disk space
  4. Video card: 800 x 600 screen resolution or higher. DirectX® 9-compatible graphics processor with WDDM driver
  5. Internet access

Windows 10 Pro Requirements:

  1. 1 gigahertz (GHz) processor or faster
  2. Up to 20 gigabytes (GB) of available hard disk space
  3. 1 GB of RAM for 32-bit, 2 GB for 64-bit
  4. Required video card: 800 x 600 screen resolution or higher. DirectX® 9-compatible graphics processor with WDDM driver
  5. Internet access

Windows 10 Home Vs. Windows 10 Professionsl

Windows 10 Versions

  1. Windows 10 Home
  2. Windows 10 Pro
  3. Windows 10 Pro for Workstations
  4. Windows 10 Pro Education
  5. Windows 10 Enterprise
  6. Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC (formerly LTSB)
  7. Windows 10 Education
  8. Windows 10 IoT Enterprise
  9. Windows 10 IoT Core
  10. Windows 10 S (now an operational mode within Enterprise and Education)