Everyone knows that the latest version of Microsoft’s Windows operating system for PCs and laptops is Windows 10. The OS is quite popular among users, way more than its predecessor, Windows 8. In fact, people barely use Windows 8, so the top two in this case are Windows 7, closely followed by Windows 10. And Microsoft are doing whatever they can to boost its popularity more, which becomes apparent when you notice that there are currently three other spinoff versions of it available.
The versions in question are Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 S. Naturally, if you’re planning on getting a new Windows OS and want to upgrade to the latest one, or even if you have Windows 10 already and you want to switch it up a bit, it’s tough to choose something with so many versions out there. This article will explore the similarities and differences between these varying versions of the operating system and help you determine which one is best for you.
Let us begin by eliminating Windows 10 S from the draw, because it’s a light operating system that was destined for students and such, so it has little else to offer to someone looking for the full operating system experience. Our main two contenders today are Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Home. Are they really all that different? Let’s find out.
Windows 10 Pro vs Windows 10 Home
There are a lot of differences between Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Home and they mainly lie in the fact that Windows 10 Pro has a lot of extra features. Here are all the extra features that Windows 10 Pro has over Windows 10 Home:
- Trusted Boot
- Windows Update for Business
- Assigned Access
- Group Policy Management
- Windows Store for Business
- Creating Work Networks
- Remote Desktop
These extra features are meaningless and useless to the regular computer uses, but that’s because Windows 10 Pro has been designed especially to be used by businesses. So if you’re a business user, your search could potentially end here. As these features indicate, Windows 10 Pro optimizes any device for business, which makes it ideal for firms and corporate environments.
On top of that, Windows 10 Pro allows a maximum of 2TB of RAM support, while Windows 10 Home stops at 128GB. However, the name of the latter in itself indicates that it is meant to be use at home by regular computer users, and 128GB of RAM is more than plenty for someone that uses their laptop or PC for everyday activities and a bit of gaming.
As far as prices go, there is also a difference, but not a huge one. Windows 10 Home retails for 75 pounds on Amazon, while Windows 10 Pro goes for 100 pounds sharp. The extra 25 pounds can be accounted for by the extra features offered by Windows 10 Pro, thus the price is fully motivated. However, while an extra 25 pounds can be a lot depending on your budget, at the end of the day it’s not the price that makes the difference between these two versions of Windows 10.
Both versions of Windows come with the tried and tested Windows features, such as Cortana and the Microsoft Edge browser. Basically, they are the same OS without the business-oriented features. So if you’re not a businessman or woman, you won’t need to pay the extra 25 pounds for Windows 10 Pro; Windows 10 Home should do the trick for you just fine.
So what’s your choice? Let us know if this helped you decide.
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