Differences in Windows 10 Home Vs Pro Vs Enterprise

Differences in Windows 10 Home Vs Pro Vs Enterprise. Windows 10 comes in different editions, which edition should I buy?


Is it worth paying for Pro over Home? What about the Enterprise Edition?? I’ll explain the differences between them and additional versions you may not have heard of.

Differences in Windows 10 Home Vs Pro Vs Enterprise

We’ll start by comparing Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro

Home vs pro


For general home use, the difference between Home and Pro comes down to a list of features that most home users don’t care about. If you try to run the Home edition in your business, you face a management and security nightmare.

The most fundamental difference between Home and Pro is that Pro can connect to Active Directory, or at least Azure AD. Active Directory is the foundation of most business networks. It provides centralized authentication, security, management, and automation for all devices and users on your network. If you’ve ever wanted to build a business network to save a few pennies using the Home edition, it will cost you.

But what if you’re a home user? Why pay for Pro over Home? Yes. It’s a story limited to IT people and enthusiasts. Professional management tools available with Pro give you more control over the various components of your operating system. If you’re a hobbyist, this might help. If you’re the type to build a home lab, run a business network anyway.


Both Home and Pro have a remote desktop client that allows you to connect to a remote computer. However, only Pro can host remote sessions. This means you can use Home to connect to my Pro PC, but when you have Home running on my PC you can’t connect anything. If you are using Home and need this kind of functionality, you can install third-party tools to do something similar. For example, something like TeamViewer or Anydesk.

The final reason to choose Pro over Home is encryption support. Windows 10 Pro supports both the old file-by-file encrypting file system and the new BitLocker, which encrypts the entire drive. In most cases, what you need is BitLocker. Officially, none of these are supported on Windows 10 Home…


but that’s not entirely true. Windows 10 Home supports Device Encryption which is BitLocker. The difference is that the Home edition doesn’t really have any control other than turning it on or off. Only supports TPM unlock method, not PIN. Another thing you get with “proper” BitLocker is BitLocker support. You know that expensive UCB drive that’s encrypted? Plug in a regular USB drive and right-click Enable BitLocker. When it comes to performance, Home and Pro same.

Spending extra money to get Pro doesn’t improve performance. Use that money to invest in better hardware.

Let’s talk about enterprise.


The Enterprise edition is only available through the business channel, so it’s probably not an option for most home users. You can’t actually buy Windows 10 Enterprise. What you are buying is an upgrade license assuming you already had a Pro license to begin with. That makes this the most expensive option.

File System

The main differences between Pro and Enterprise and why you should spend your hard-earned money on the latter. The first is ReFS – Resilient File System. Compared to the traditional NTFS file system, ReFS is more resistant to data degradation over time (also known as bit rot). This is a critical issue in data centers where data storage volumes are constantly growing. Windows 10 Home and Pro can use ReFS volumes, but you can’t create them from scratch. Only Windows 10 Enterprise can do this.

Direct Access

One of the main reasons people turned to Windows 10 Enterprise was DirectAccess. This creates an encrypted connection from your device to your workplace as soon as your device is online, giving you access to your corporate network. It’s like a VPN is always connected, which greatly simplifies the life of remote workers and the admins who need to support them. DirectAccess is now dead, but the claim of paying to upgrade to Enterprise has become less compelling these days. This is because Microsoft released Always On VPN. It does almost the same thing and is available for Windows 10 Pro.

This pretty much covers the feature Differences in Windows 10 Home Vs Pro Vs Enterprise.

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