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  1.    11 Dec 2015 #1
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit

    Win 10 Home ver. Pro


    What is the difference between Windows 10 Home and Pro. Is it worth the difference?
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  2.    11 Dec 2015 #2
    Join Date : Jan 2014
    Oak Ridge TN, USA
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    Windows 10 Pro x64
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  3.    11 Dec 2015 #3
    Join Date : Sep 2014
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    Window 10

    This is easier to read and has more features compared: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/wind...ws-10-editions . The differences are in the Windows 10 Business Experiences section.
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  4.    11 Dec 2015 #4
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    Windows 7

    Most of the added features in the Pro edition are of limited use to a typical home user. Of course your needs may differ. You need to make your own decision. Performance is the same for all editions.
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  5.    11 Dec 2015 #5
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    10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by LMiller7 View Post
    Most of the added features in the Pro edition are of limited use to a typical home user.

    Performance is the same for all editions.
    Both of these statements are (I think) incorrect unless you mean a "typical home user" could not care less if their computer was stolen and/or is somehow too stupid to consider that it might happen.

    If you have Pro you can turn on bitlocker. If you don't, you can't.

    Turning it on would be a good thing as then any thief couldn't steal your information simply by plugging your drives into their computer.

    If you turn on bitlocker however MS estimates a "single-digit percentage performance overhead" Numbers vary of course and the site anandtech thinks less in some cases.

    Bottom line, if you want (to be honest even basic) security there will be a price and performance overhead.

    On a laptop it is obvious that you should encrypt your drive but anyone who doesn't encrypt drives on their home PC's is being, I think, optimistic as all their bank account numbers are just sitting there in plain sight, if anyone got access to it.
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  6.    11 Dec 2015 #6
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    Windows 10 Pro

    Yeah, but Bitlocker is no stronger than your Windows password unless you make changes to the way it works. While your drive is encrypted, the encryption key is stored in your TPM module and as long as your bootloader and such hasn't changed, Windows mounts the encrypted drive when it starts and brings you to a logon screen. If somebody can guess your password, they are in and your data is sitting there totally unlocked for the taking.

    There are alternatives to Bitlocker such as TrueCrypt. While TrueCrypt development was discontinued, it passed all security audits. So, you can always put your secure stuff into a TrueCrypt container which can keep your data encrypted without having to be on the Pro version.

    Pro brings ability to do multiple languages, join a domain, you can RDP into it, and you can run group policy. Most of these things are unnecessary for home use.
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  7.    11 Dec 2015 #7
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    10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Yeah, but Bitlocker is no stronger than your Windows password
    Well not really. Imagine I get a taxi a couple of times this evening and find 2 laptops (or USB keys) that Friday night government employees have left behind. One is encrypted with bitlocker and one is not.

    If I put the drive from one that isn't encrypted in an external enclosure can I read everything on it? Yes.

    What about the other? No, not without brute force and the same applies to your home PC.

    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Pro brings ability to do multiple languages, join a domain, you can RDP into it, and you can run group policy. Most of these things are unnecessary for home use.
    If that is important depends I suppose. The only thing you can't work around is domain join and that certainly is pointless for a home user so I agree with you there.
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  8.    11 Dec 2015 #8
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    Windows 10 Pro x64, Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64

    Performance is the essentially same for both versions as was said. Bitlocker is an application and if not used, takes no resources.

    A performance difference would occur if different applications are run in each version.
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  9.    11 Dec 2015 #9
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    Trnava
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    10.4 Home 1709 x64

    As for performance, Home is a bit faster, but Pro offers some features like a possibility to control Windows Updates.
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  10.    11 Dec 2015 #10
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    10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by TairikuOkami View Post
    Home is a bit faster.
    Do you have any benchmarks or links to support this?
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