Microsoft officially claims that there are more than 400 million active users of Windows 10 as of April 2018. Windows 10 is continuously improvising since its release in 2015. One major issue that users face while purchasing a windows computer is choosing the correct windows 10 variant as per their usage. Well, here’s a detailed comparison between Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro, and Windows 10S.
1. Windows 10 Home: Features And Category Of Users
Windows 10 Home is a perfect computer OS for a majority of users who want to browse the internet, manage media files, and play games on their computer. Users can easily install millions of programs and applications on Windows 10 Home as per their usage and work requirements. Apart from that, Microsoft offers regular updates for enhanced security and to add new features on Windows 10 Home.
Windows 10 Home is sufficient for creative professionals and office/school usage as well. Microsoft also offers Cortana, Microsoft’s virtual assistant on Windows 10. The OS also comes with a built-in browser Microsoft Edge and has a full-fledged antivirus program Windows Defender. Most companies like HP, Dell, Acer, Lenovo, and ASUS offer Windows 10 Home with their laptops.
Minimum hardware requirements for running Windows 10 Home
- Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
- RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
- Free hard disk space: 16 GB
- Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver
- A Microsoft account and Internet access
Users can install a maximum of 128GB RAM on a Windows 10 system.
2. Windows 10 Pro: Features And Category Of Users
Windows 10 Pro offers every single feature that is available on Windows 10 Home. The OS is designed keeping business professionals and enterprises in mind. This table clearly depicts the basic differences between Windows 10 and Windows 10 Pro.
If you don’t understand or haven’t even heard of the above features of Windows 10 Pro, its totally normal as these features are not meant for general users.
Additional Features On Windows 10 Pro
These are some additional features that are exclusively available to Windows 10 Pro.
- BitLocker is an encryption software which allows security-conscious users to fully secure their drives from potential hackers.
- PCs running Windows 10 Pro can be remotely controlled using Remote Desktop
- In Windows 10 Pro you get the option to postpone updates. The ability to defer is designed to prevent buggy updates from affecting business PCs, and updates can be put off for several months.
- Virtualisation is another benefit of Windows 10 Pro. It’s like having a built-in VirtualBox which can be used by installing Hyper-V
- Group Policy Management and access to the Windows 10 Business Store are few other features reserved for Windows 10 Pro.
- Only Windows 10 Pro support joining (or creating) a domain, which allows PCs to be added to a corporate network.
As mentioned earlier, a normal user will never really need Windows 10 Pro. One feature that an ordinary user may use is encryption and delaying software updates.
3. Windows 10 S: Features And Category Of Users
Windows 10 S is the most secure and most limited OS (in terms of features) among all the three variants of Windows 10. The Windows 10S was designed as a school and college computing device for basic requirements. It can also be considered as a Chromebook competitor.
Windows 10 S allows users to install applications that are available on the Windows 10 app store, and a user can’t install .exe program from any other source. This improves security but is a deal-breaker for many users. So, Windows 10S is basically designed as a document processing and media consumption OS.
As a conclusion, Windows 10 Home is a perfect choice for a wide variety of users. While Windows 10 Pro is ideal for businesses and enterprises. Last but not the least, Windows 10S is ideal for students. Do share your thoughts and opinions on these operating systems in the comments section below.