Wondering which version is the best fit? Windows Pro and Windows Home look almost identical, but there are some key differences that businesses need to consider if they wish to get the most out of their Windows devices. In this article, we’ll break down the differences and help you make an informed decision.
Control and customisation
One of the main differences between Windows Pro and Windows Home is the level of control and customisation that each offers. Windows Pro is intended for business and professional users. It includes several advanced features, that in today’s online landscape, are critical to almost every business, regardless of size.
Windows Home, on the other hand, lacks key security and device management features that are included in Windows Pro. Because it is aimed at home users, it also does not include capabilities to fully connect to the online resources that most businesses use on a daily basis, making Windows Home devices a real pain for your IT department or provider.
Business features of Windows Pro
As highlighted above, Windows Pro includes several advanced security and device management features, that most businesses would be foolish to try and do without. These include:
- The ability to Join devices to a company domain or Microsoft 365 business account, allowing your IT to easily secure, protect, and maintain your Windows devices.
- Bitlocker – a full disk encryption feature designed to protect data on your computer by encrypting the entire drive. In the event a device is lost or stolen, encrypted data cannot be accessed without knowledge of the device’s password.
- Remote Desktop – a tool that became crucial for many businesses during the pandemic, allowing remote working scenarios during the many lockdowns around the world.
Level of support
Another distinction between the two is the level of support available. Windows Pro includes extended support as well as faster access to updates and security patches, which is critical for businesses because it ensures that your system is up to date and running smoothly and efficiently.
In terms of price, Windows Pro is slightly more expensive than Windows Home, but on a new PC, this is usually no more than about AUD$80. The extra cost, however, can easily be rationalised as an investment in your business’s security and productivity due to the advanced features and higher level of support.
As a Microsoft Partner, CyberPro is well-equipped to answer any questions you may have about Microsoft Windows Pro v Home. If you want to upgrade, downgrade, or are unsure which way to go, please contact our team for an obligation-free consultation.