Windows 11 Home or Windows 11 Pro: differences

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Windows 11 comes in two different versions: Home and Pro. What are the differences and which one is best for you?

Windows 11 is now available for everyone to buy. It is the latest major version of Windows and the first in 6 years. And there's a lot to love about it. Not only are we getting a new UI, UX, and lots of changes, but we're also getting several new features, although not many of them will arrive on the operating system on day one.



Just like Windows 10, and as has been typical of Windows for several years, Windows 11 will be available in different editions: Windows 11 Home and Windows 11 Pro. But what are the differences between the two editions, and most importantly, which one should you get ?

Because there are several editions of Windows 11

Windows has offered several editions for much of its existence as an operating system. The reason for this is quite simple. While a single operating system with no additional editions is definitely something doable (and, in fact, has been done for a fair amount of time), it's best to keep different versions of Windows because not everyone needs all features and not all. computer support all features.

Looking back on the days of Windows XP, we had two major versions: Windows XP Home Edition and Windows XP Professional. Most of the other editions practically branched off from those two. So, Windows Vista, and then Windows 7, made things a little more complicated by introducing different versions: Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Enterprise, Business, and Ultimate, with a different set of features between them all.

It's safe to say it was a bit of a mess, but for a rough summary, Starter was normally meant for low-end PCs, Home Basic and Home Premium were meant to cover the needs of home PCs, Enterprise and Business were meant for PCs in a corporate and Ultimate environment included everything from every edition.



Things have been condensed further in Windows 10, as Microsoft offers consumers Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro. These aren't the only ones, as there are also a handful of other editions and differences, such as Windows 10 in S mode, Windows 10 Pro for Workstation, Education and Enterprise, plus a few others. But for the most part, Home and Pro are the only two editions that most users should be aware of.

Windows 10 Home is the version that comes with most average computers, while Windows 10 Pro contains a handful of additional features and comes with more expensive or business-focused systems. We'll go into those in a bit more detail later. Windows 11 continues with the same exact version structure: Windows 11 Home and Windows 11 Pro, and for the most part, the differences between them are very similar to the differences between both versions of Windows.

What is the difference between Windows 11 Home and Pro

Microsoft compares both versions on the and a look at this webpage will tell you a lot about the differences between each version. And for the most part, Windows 11 Home and Windows 11 Pro are more similar than you think.

Windows 11 Home is packed with all the features and amenities you can expect from Windows 11, including Windows Hello, Secure Boot, Windows Security, Parental Controls, Device Encryption, and more.

Features like WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux) are also available in the Home version of the operating system, and features like Android app support (which will come in a future Windows 11 update) should also be available for the Home version.


Windows 11 Pro has everything that the Home version has, while also adding some additional features, mainly for professional environments. One of the most important is BitLocker, which is an entire volume encryption tool that can encrypt the drive volume using 128 or 256-bit AES encryption and the computer's TPM. There's also a full suite of enterprise deployment and management tools, including Azure integration and features like assigned access, dynamic provisioning, kiosk mode configuration, Hyper-V, Windows Sandbox, full support for Windows Remote Desktop and more.


There are also some differences that the Microsoft site does not immediately clarify. For starters, while Windows 11 Home no longer supports local accounts and requires you to link your Microsoft account (Windows 10 Home supported this, but it was removed with Windows 11 Home). Windows 11 Pro, meanwhile, supports local accounts without having to link your Microsoft account to it.


There are also some differences regarding the hardware limitations. Both have the same minimum requirements, including 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a 1GHz dual-core CPU from AMD / Intel / Qualcomm, TPM 2.0, and a DirectX 12 compatible GPU.

However, Windows 11 Home only supports up to 64 CPU cores and 128GB of RAM. It also does not support systems with two CPUs. That's enough, but if you need more for whatever reason, Windows 11 Pro supports dual-CPU systems with 64 cores each (for a total of 128 cores) and up to 2TB of RAM.

Conclusion

We've just established several differences between Home and Pro. While Pro has everything the Home version has and more, the average user will be served well by Windows 11 Home. All programs work the same, and aside from BitLocker and some business features, it will work identically. If you need Pro for any reason, however, it has identical system requirements, local account support, and some extra features.


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