Before installing Windows 10, an important question arises. Which version should it be: Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro. We’ll show you the differences in the features and which is best for gaming, what role they play for everyday private users as well as for gaming and should you choose Windows 10 Home or Pro.
What does Windows 10 Pro include?
Windows 10 Pro is aimed primarily at companies and business users. In other words, most weight differences concern functions that are not important to everyday users and gamers.
Both versions bring crucial protective measures such as Windows Defender, Windows Firewall or parental controls. The same applies to standard functions such as the Cortana search or the connection to the smartphone.
Our following overview based on the official information from Microsoft lists all important similarities and differences in detail:
Windows 10 Home vs Pro
Windows Basics (Home and Pro)
|Digital pen & touch input||Home and Pro|
|Microsoft Edge (Internet browser)||Home and Pro|
|Cortana (Search Assistant)||Home and Pro|
|Battery saving mode for notebooks etc.||Home and Pro|
|Simplified access to mobile devices||Home and Pro|
|voice control||Home and Pro|
Windows Security (Partly only Pro)
|Windows Hello: Face or fingerprint recognition or PIN to unlock compatible Windows devices without a password||Home and Pro|
|Device encryption: Simplified version of BitLocker encryption that offers fewer setting options||Home and Pro|
|Firewall and network protection: Integrated security features including firewall and internet protection against viruses, malware and ransomware||Home and Pro|
|Internet protection: Protection against potentially dangerous applications, files, websites and downloads via app and browser control for the Windows Defender SmartScreen||Home and Pro|
|Parental controls/protection: Manage screen time, restrict access to potentially offensive content, control online purchases through a Microsoft account||Home and Pro|
|Safe start: Safe Boot prevents malicious software applications and unauthorized operating systems from loading during the system startup process||Home and Pro|
|Windows Defender AntivirusVirus protection via cloud data, machine learning and behavior analysis||Home and Pro|
|BitLocker device encryption: BitLocker and BitLocker To Go set everything to lock mode in the event of loss or theft to prevent access to the data and system||Pro only|
|Windows Information Protection (WIP): WIP helps protect against potential data loss without affecting the employee experience in any other way. WIP also helps protect corporate applications and data from accidental data loss on company-owned devices and personal devices that employees bring to work, without the need to make changes to your environment or other applications.||Pro only|
Enterprise Management and Deployment (Pro only)
|Mobile device management: Mobile Device Management (MDM) as an alternative to conventional PC management processes (cloud-based management)||Pro only|
|Group policy: Management of PCs, user accounts and groups, granting access to files and printers, the definition of security and network guidelines for users and devices||Pro only|
|Enterprise State Roaming with Azure: Standardization of several devices, simplified configuration of new devices||Pro only|
|Microsoft Store for Business: Central place to find, manage and distribute apps available via a volume program to Windows 10 devices||Pro only|
|Assigned access: With assigned access, Windows 10 Pro devices run different applications depending on the user and keep each identity separate and secure||Pro only|
|Dynamic provisioning: Reduce the time and effort involved in setting up new devices||Pro only|
|Windows Update for Business: Additional provision and setting options for updates||Pro only|
|Setting up the kiosk mode: Special options for publicly accessible devices||Pro only|
|Active Directory support: Domain join and group policy: Administration of PCs, user accounts and groups as well as security policies||Pro only|
|Support for Azure Active Directory: Single sign-on for Windows 10, Microsoft 365 and other Microsoft services to manage logins and passwords||Pro only|
Windows 10 Home vs Pro for Gaming
If you use your PC privately and for games, you can go for the Windows 10 Home without hesitation. The greater advantages of the Pro version away from everyday business life are most likely the more extensive configuration of the device encryption and Windows updates.
The decision is also a question of money. The Home version costs 119 Dollars from Microsoft and the Pro version 199 Dollars. The surcharge is unlikely to be worthwhile for private users and gamers in most cases
Which version of Windows 10 are you using? Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro. Or are you using a different operating system after all and trying to shift on Windows. Feel free to write it in the comments section below.