What is the difference between Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro

Windows 10, the new Microsoft operating system, is here and has come in many different versions: Home, Pro, Enterprise, Mobile, Education, Mobile Enterprise, and IoT Core editions.windows 10 mobile lap

Most home users will most likely use Windows 10 Home or Pro. Let's look at the differences between these two versions.

Windows 10 Home as expected has fewer features. It does not include, for example: Group Policy, Remote Desktop and many other useful features that the Pro version offers to the end user.

The worst, of course, for us is that Home does not have any choice to check for updates. The option for delaying or downloading updates is part of the Pro version of Windows, and is normally supported in the Enterprise version.

We should also mention the absence of BitLocker encryption, as the application does not exist in the Home Edition.

See the following table that describes all the differences between Windows 10 Home and Pro:



Banco Pro

Customizable Start Yes Yes
Windows Defender and Windows Firewall Yes Yes
Fast startup with Hiberboot and InstantGo Yes Yes
TPM Support Yes Yes
Battery Saver Yes Yes
Windows Update Yes Yes

Cortana (Currently not working in Greece)

Talk or type naturally Yes Yes
Personal and proactive suggestions Yes Yes
Reminders Yes Yes
Search web, device, and cloud Yes Yes
"Hey Cortana" hands-free activation Yes Yes

Windows Hello

Native fingerprint recognition Yes Yes
Native facial and iris recognition Yes Yes
Enterprise level security Yes Yes


Virtual desktops Yes Yes
Snap assist (up to four apps on one screen) Yes Yes
Snap apps across screens on different monitors Yes Yes


Switch from PC to tablet mode Yes Yes

Microsoft Edge

Reading view Yes Yes
Built-in ink support Yes Yes
Cortana integration Yes Yes


Device Encryption Yes Yes
Microsoft Passport Yes Yes
Enterprise Data Protection No Yes

Windows as a service

Windows Update Yes Yes
Windows Update for business No Yes
Current branch for business No Yes

Management and deployment

Side-loading of line of business apps Yes Yes
Mobile device management Yes Yes
Ability to join Azure directory, win single sign-on to cloud-hosted apps No Yes
Business Store for Windows 10 No Yes
Easy to upgrade from Pro to Enterprise Edition No Yes
Easy Upgrade from Home to Education Edition Yes No

Existing fundamentals

Device Encryption Yes Yes
Domain Join No Yes
BitLocker No Yes
Group Policy No Yes
Enterprise Mode Internet Explorer No Yes
Assigned Access 8.1 No Yes
Remote Desktop No Yes


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