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Windows 10 Pro vs. Home: these are the advantages


Many use Windows 10 Home, but is it worth switching to Windows 10 Pro? Here are all the advantages. Plus: How to change cheaply.

When is it worth switching from Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro? What are the advantages of changing? We summarize the most important information here.

Windows 10 Home to Pro: Easy change that doesn’t have to be expensive

Microsoft made it very easy to switch from Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro. Enter the new pro serial number, click “ok” and Windows 10 will switch to the new variant. We explain exactly how this works

                        
                                                                                                                    in this article.

In addition, a change is not necessarily expensive. Microsoft

                        
                                                                                                                                                                                    Even here for the download version of Windows 10 Pro requires: 259 euros.
                                             Switching to Windows 10 Pro is significantly cheaper with our exclusive offer for PC-WELT readers:

Exclusive offer: Windows 10 Pro (retail) for only 40 euros! (valid until June 18, 2020)

Advantage 1: Bitlocker

Windows 10 Pro includes the Bitlocker encryption technology that Microsoft introduced with Windows Vista and has continued to develop since then. For example, you can use it to encrypt a Windows boot drive or drives. USB sticks and external drives can also be easily and easily encrypted using Bitlocker. You can find an overview of all the possibilities of Bitlocker in

                        
                                                                                                                    this guide.

Bitlocker conveniently protects all information and data stored on the computer. You just have to log into Windows 10 and then have full access. In the background, Windows 10 automatically decrypts the files as soon as you access them. If the device is stolen or a stranger gains access to the computer, it cannot access the data.

Advantage 2: Remote Desktop Connection

Only Windows 10 Professional already has the tools on board that you need to be able to access the Windows 10 Pro computer remotely. In both Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro, Microsoft provides the Remote Desktop Connection application. However, you only get full access to a computer if Windows 10 Pro is installed on this computer. If, on the other hand, Windows 10 Home is installed on a computer, you only get “supported” access to the computer.

The complete remote desktop support offered by Windows 10 Pro is useful when, for example, you want full access to the computer at work from home. Of course, this can also be done with other tools, for example

                        
                                                                                                                    TeamViewer.
                                             But they cost extra money for professional use.

Advantage 3: Hyper-V

Especially for Windows professionals

                        
                                                                                                                    Hyper-V
                                             Interesting. Microsoft only delivers the virtualization technology in Windows 10 Pro. With Hyper-V, you can easily run guest operating systems as virtual machines in one window. Not only Windows is supported, but also Linux. In this way, a program or operating system can be tested with Hyper-V in a secure environment.

Hyper-V is not enabled by default in Windows 10 Pro. We will explain how you can activate and then use the function

                        
                                                                                                                    in this guide.

Advantage 4: More control over updates

Microsoft distributes new updates via Windows Update. In Windows 10 Home you will receive the updates immediately or you can delay the installation by a few hours. In Windows 10 Pro, on the other hand, you can decide in much more detail whether and when you want to receive which Windows updates. It has happened many times that a new Windows 10 update has proven to be faulty and had to be laboriously uninstalled after a problem. On Windows 10 Pro, you can simply wait a few days for the update to become available and install it only when it is clear that the update is OK.

You can see which options Windows Update offers under Windows 10 Pro in the Windows Update settings under “Advanced Options”. What is important here, for example, is the “Suspend update” button, which will no longer install updates on the device for the next 35 days. You can also use “Select when to install updates” to determine whether and when major Windows 10 feature updates and quality updates can be installed. You can delay their installation by up to 365 days in the associated dropdown menus.

Advantage 5: WDAG and Windows Sandbox

Microsoft also introduced the “WDAG” function with the Windows 10 April 2018 update for Windows 10 Pro, after which the function was previously only available for the business version of Windows 10. WDAG stands for Windows Defender Application Guard. With WDAG you can use the Microsoft browser in a sandbox and thus surf in a completely secure environment. Only extensions may not be used and the favorites created in Edge are not adopted in the secured variant.

By default, WDAG is not active on Windows 10 Pro. Enter “Activate or deactivate Windows features” in the search input field and then open the “Windows Features” application. Here you put a tick in “Windows Defender Application Guard”.

With Windows 10 19H1, which will be released in spring 2019, Microsoft is expanding the WDAG function with Windows Sandbox. In Windows Sandbox you can easily start a virtualized version of Windows 10 and test a suspicious program in the environment, for example. Ultimately, Windows Sandbox is a slimmed down version of Hyper-V.

The additional advantage: Windows 10 runs in Windows Sandbox, for which you do not need an additional license.

Advantage 6: functions for professionals

Windows 10 Pro offers various other advantages that are particularly interesting if you want to use your PC for work. In Windows 10 Pro, for example, you can bring your own computer to work and then log in to the domain used by the company. In addition, the group guidelines defined by the company IT are adopted and applied.

One or the other company also uses web applications that only run in Internet Explorer. This is taken into account in Windows 10 Pro: For reasons of compatibility, it contains Internet Explorer 11.

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