Window 11 is getting closer, so many of those looking to upgrade are wondering which version to get. Is Win 11 Pro really necessary, or is choosing Win 11 Home a good way to save money? Here’s the latest on Windows 11 Home vs Pro differences and which version is the best to buy.
Windows 11 Home vs Pro: What’s the difference?
Windows 11 Home requires a Microsoft account and internet connection to set up, whereas Win 11 Pro does not. Beyond these confirmed differences, Windows 11 Pro will likely offer additional security and business features over the Home version.
Microsoft has not confirmed the exact differences of Windows 11 Home and Pro, although it is currently possible to speculate based on the differences in the Win 10 versions. Both versions offer all the same basic features, although, in terms of security, they differ slightly. Win 10 Pro offers BitLocker device encryption and Windows Information Protection (WIP) through the Home version. The former allows users to lock lost or stolen devices, while the latter helps prevent data leaks.
Basically, Win 11 Home is unlikely to offer any business management and/or deployment software. This is the case with the Windows 10 Home version, whereas Win 10 Pro customers get no less than 10 additional benefits. Some of these include mobile device management, access to the Microsoft Store for Business, and Windows Update for Business features.
Even in the absence of a business need, security-conscious consumers may want to opt for Windows 11 Pro for these potential benefits. Of course, there is no Microsoft account or internet access requirement when setting up the Pro version.
Before choosing Windows 11 Home or Pro, be sure to check the minimum requirements. If it’s not met, it’s possible to receive a TPM 2.0 support error (among other things).
Win 11 also promises to be a great entertainment destination, providing the “best” PC gaming experience. Plus, the all-new Microsoft Store will feature more apps than ever before — including TikTok.