Do you need a Windows 10 buyer’s guide? Most people don’t even think about the features are included in their Windows 10. Many people never purchased Windows 10 specifically. Windows 10 comes loaded on most of the new PCs sold today. When it was first released, Microsoft offered it free of charge, and many people took advantage of the offer to upgrade. Beyond taking a brief look at the features, most people just start using Windows 10 and learning as they go, just as most people have always done with other versions of the WIndows OS. Windows is just one of those products we all assume will always be there.
Are There Different Editions of Windows 10?
There are some discontinued editions of Windows 10 and some editions that are aimed at specific target markets not applicable to the general public. The biggest question for the general public is whether to use Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro. What is the difference between WIndows 10 Home and Windows 10 Professional? Is there a difference, and will it change your WIndows 10 experience if you use one or the other? Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Professional all have the same basic, essential features. Continuum for phones, Cortana, Windows Ink, Start Menu and live tiles, Voice, pen, touch, gesture, and Microsoft Edge with reading view and PDF reader are all included in both editions of WIndows 10.
They both include all the same security features except that the Professional Edition of Windows 10 includes Bitlocker. Game feature included with Windows 10 are the same for both editions. Where the biggest differences start coming into play the business management and deployment area. Both editions include Mobile Device Management, but Windows 10 Professional includes many features and tools not included in Windows 10 Home. These include:
- Group Policy
- Enterprise State Roaming with Azure Active Directory
- Windows Store for Business
- Assigned Access
- Dynamic Provisioning
- Windows Update for Business
- Shared PC
- Take a Task
The Professional edition of Windows 10 also includes some Windows fundamentals that aren’t included in Windows 10 Home. These include Domain Join, Azure Active Directory Domain Join, with single sign-on to cloud-hosted apps, Enterprise Mode Internet Explorer, Remote Desktop, and CLient Hyper-V.
How Do I Choose the Right Edition of Windows 10?
This really is simple. In most cases, you won’t need to choose the edition of Windows 10 you’ll be using. If you buy a new computer with Windows 10 on it, you’ll probably be getting the Home edition of Windows 10. If you are running Windows Surface 2 or pro computers, you will be upgraded to Windows Professional. There is also Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 in S mode (educational version with classroom security). Odds are you won’t be seeing these as a frontline consumer.
What About Windows Updates?
The regular updates of the various Windows 10 operating systems are specific to the edition of WIndows you are using. Regular security and feature updates of your Windows 10 Home version will not give you the Windows 10 Professional version. Microsoft used to offer a "Pro Pack" upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro, but that is no longer the case. Now you need to pay a premium to upgrade from Home to Professional. Buying Professional straight out is even more costly. In the end, business users are going to appreciate the extra features of Windows 10 Professional.
The “everyday” Windows users isn’t going to see any difference in features or performance. In fact, most people won’t even appreciate all of the features they have in the Home edition Whether you are a student, a creative person like a writer or an artist, a stay-at-home mom, an Internet surfer, a gamer, or any of the other regular users of Windows, WIndows 10 Home is really the edition you need. It will do everything you want it to do. Windows Pro has features that are aimed at business, and even then, many businesses are probably using WIndows 10 Home without knowing it. In the end, if you are ready to upgrade to Windows 10 on your business system, go with Windows 10 Pro. If you are a home user, save yourself some money and buy Windows 10 Home.