Each major version of Windows usually includes different versions. The same goes for Windows 11 and we already have an idea of the SKUs that will be available. The two versions that will be released will be Home and For. Users will be able to find them in stores or pre-installed on computers. But what will be the differences between these two versions?
The main difference between Windows 11 Home and Pro is their price. if she Microsoft keep the same value as Windows 10, the Home version will cost $ 139,99, while the Pro will cost $ 199,99. Also, for most users, Windows 11 Home will offer almost everything they need. As the name implies, the Pro version is intended for professionals, usually people who use their devices for work. There are some additional features.
The first big difference you will see between Windows 11 Home and Pro is when you first set them up. Windows 11 Home has a limitation that can be annoying for some, as you need to set them up with an Internet connection and a Microsoft account. You can also remove the Microsoft account from Windows 11 Home after setting up your computer, but Windows 11 Pro lets you simply set up your computer with a local account.
Another difference that will be felt by business users is that computers running Windows 11 Home cannot connect to Active Directory. Active Directory solutions are essential for managing professional devices, such as configuring access to specific resources, developing applications, and so on. These are professional tools, so they do not make sense to most Windows 11 Home users.
The next major difference between the Home and Pro versions of Windows 11 is the support for virtualization features in Windows. Windows 11 Home does not support Hyper-V or Windows Sandbox. Additionally, while it can be used as a remote desktop client, it cannot be a host, so you can not remotely access a Windows 11 Home computer using the Microsoft Remote Desktop. Windows 11 Pro, on the other hand, supports all of these features.
As business users are often preoccupied with highly sensitive information, there are also some additional security features in Windows 11 Pro. First, there is support for encryption BitLocker. This feature encrypts data stored on your hard drive so that no one else can access it. Even if your computer is stolen, your files are protected by users other than you.
Windows 11 Pro also comes with Windows Information Protection or WIP, a data loss prevention tool that can help prevent a company from leaking data. By using WIP policies, companies can prevent users from promoting content outside of the company, for example.
Windows 11 Home and Pro share the same minimum system requirements, so they will run mostly on the same computers. However, Windows 11 Home actually has different ceilings compared to Windows 11 Pro. For example, Windows 11 home computers can have only one CPU slot and therefore only one CPU. Similarly, Windows 11 Home only supports up to 64 CPU cores, while Windows 11 Pro can have up to 128 cores.
Windows 11 Home is also limited to "just" 128 GB of RAM. However, Windows 11 Pro will have up to 2 TB and this will be especially useful if you want to build multiple virtual machines with plenty of RAM.
Of course, most of the differences between the Home and Pro versions of Windows 11 are for businesses. Most device management features are not available at all in Windows 11 Home. Windows 11 Pro, however, supports things like Group Policy, which allows IT administrators to formulate specific policies for groups of devices in one go. There is also Windows Update for Business, which allows companies to control how updates are distributed to their users to avoid unexpected problems.
Features exclusively for Windows 11 Pro include:
Mobile device management
Enterprise State Roaming
Windows Update for Business
Active Directory / Azure AD
These are the main differences between the versions of Windows 11 Home vs Pro. As we have mentioned, most of them revolve around functions intended for business users.