Windows 11 Home Vs Pro: What Are The Differences?

With Windows 11 fast approaching, we take a closer look at the differences between Home and Pro!

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Anticipation for Windows 11 is beginning to ramp up as we get closer to the official release date, with many starting to question whether or not they should choose Windows 11 Home vs Pro. At this early stage, information regarding the differences hasn’t been leaked yet. However, we expect many of the fundamental differences to mirror what we saw in Windows 10 Home vs Pro.

That being said, we can confirm from leaked images of Windows 11 installation guides that Microsoft will offer a Windows 11 Pro version, alongside many of the usual suspects that were seen in the Windows 10 launch.

With that in mind, let’s take what we already know about Windows 11 and try to extrapolate some of the potential differences that may crop up with this year’s Microsoft OS.

Windows 11 Home Vs Pro: Main Differences

One of the only leaked differences that currently separates Windows 11 Home vs Pro is the requirements for a Microsoft account and a stable internet connection during setup – both of which aren’t needed to set up Windows 11 Pro. However, as we said earlier, many of the main differences that separate Windows 11 Home vs Pro are yet to be leaked.

However, whilst that’s the case, we can still extrapolate some of the differences based on Windows 10 versions. For a start, Windows 11 Pro will likely offer additional security and business-tailored features when compared to the home version – as per Windows 10. Looking at the Windows 11 predecessor, Win 10 Pro did offer BitLocker device encryption and Windows Information Protection (WIP) – something the Home version simply couldn’t boast. These are two great features that help increase the security benefits of Windows 10 Pro over Home – and we expect to see similar differences with Windows 11.

Furthermore, Windows 11 Home will likely offer limited functionality and features when it comes to business management and deployment software. This was certainly the case in Windows 10 and there has been no mention to suggest anything different this time around, with Pro benefiting from at least 10 additional managements tools – including mobile device management, Microsoft store (for business) access, and the Windows Update for business features.

Windows 10 Home Vs Pro Bussiness Management & Deployment Features

Windows 10 Home Vs Pro

Which Windows Version To Choose?

So, which Windows version should I purchase when it becomes available later in the year? Well, that really comes down to your unique requirements.

Ultimately, I think we can all agree that Home will offer most of the functionality and features that Pro delivers – making it a great choice for the general consumer. However, if you’re in the market for something a little more secure, Windows 11 Pro could be the choice for you. The only thing you need to weigh up is the additional cost that comes with purchasing Pro. If Windows 11 follows the same pricing structure as Windows 10, we can expect Windows 11 Pro to retail for around $80 more expensive than Windows 11 Home.

The Author Who Worked On This Article

Charlie Noon
Charlie Noon
For as long as I can remember, I've always been interested in computers and gaming. It all started with the Sega Mega Drive and then evolved into PC gaming in my early teens. CS 1.6 was my first go at competitive gaming which soon evolved into CS:Source and now CS:GO - a game that I still play (almost exclusively) today. Throughout that period I have been a keen PC builder and enthusiast - dedicating a large portion of my time to the craft. My current rig is an ASUS 5700XT with AMD's Ryzen 3600X. Interests Aside from building PCs and getting beat by Russian teens on CS:GO, my other interests include travelling, socializing with friends, and cooking. I also spend a decent amount of time buying and selling products - with my latest project being Pokemon cards.

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