Windows 11 Home vs Pro – Which Edition Should You Choose?

Published On: March 10th, 2022Last Updated: August 22nd, 20228 min read
Windows 11 home vs pro edition comparison

Windows 11 is now available for purchase by the general public. It’s Windows’ most recent major release, and the first in six years. There’s a lot to like about it, too. Not only are we receiving a brand-new UI, UX, and a slew of other changes, but we’re also getting a slew of new features, though not all of them will make it into the operating system right away.

Windows 11 will be available in two editions, just as Windows 10 and as has been the case with Windows for several years: Windows 11 Home and Windows 11 Pro. But, more importantly, what are the differences between the two editions, and which should you choose?

Windows 11 Features

Introducing Windows 11 – Youtube

Improved Looks

To boost your productivity and stimulate your creativity, we’ve simplified the design and user experience. It’s modern, fresh, tidy, and lovely. Everything was done with the purpose of putting you in control and bringing a sense of peace and ease, from the new Start button and taskbar to each sound, typeface, and icon. We put Start in the center to make it easier to find what you’re looking for. Start makes use of the cloud and Microsoft 365 to display your recent files regardless of what platform or device you were viewing them on previously, including Android and iOS devices.

Designed for Gamers

Windows 11 removes the baggage of prior Windows versions while introducing new gaming technologies to the PC that were previously exclusively available on Xbox devices. Windows 11 is likely to boost gaming in a variety of ways, from minor tweaks to huge next-generation capabilities.

Auto-HDR was first offered for the Xbox Series X/S consoles to bring HDR to video games without requiring game creators to make any adjustments. When developers announced HDR for last-gen consoles in 2017, it only supported a few games. You may now play any game with HDR enabled thanks to Auto-HDR. SDR stands for Standard Dynamic Range, whereas HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. HDR provides your video games more brilliant and realistic colors, as well as making the scenery look even better, thanks to its wider color spectrum. The Windows 11 Auto-HDR, like its Xbox Series X/S cousin, employs machine learning to add HDR functionality to older SDR video games, allowing HDR to be played in hundreds of titles on Windows 11.

Microsoft DirectStorage is a programmatic interface that allows the GPU to load game data directly from the SSD, bypassing the CPU. The GPU processes and decompresses the data with DirectStorage. APIs often transfer compressed game data to RAM for temporary storage before sending it to the CPU for decompression. After the CPU has decompressed the game data, it transfers it to RAM, which then sends it to the GPU for rendering and projection. DirectStorage transmits compressed data straight to the GPU, which decompresses it quickly and renders it. When combined with a fast SSD, this results in data loading and decompression that is lightning quick. Aside from speedier loading times, DirectStorage frees up the CPU from data loading, allowing it to focus on other tasks. Microsoft will incorporate DirectStorage into Windows 11 to provide fast and near-instant loading speeds, substantially lowering video game loading times. DirectStorage is already in use on the Xbox Series X/S. DirectStorage will not be added to Windows 10 in future versions and will remain a Windows 11-only feature.

The Xbox app and Game Pass will be built-in to Windows 11, providing Game Pass Ultimate customers with fast access to a huge portfolio of video games as well as Xbox Cloud Gaming. Although Cloud Gaming is still in beta, you can now utilize it to play Game Pass titles on your device, whether it’s a supercomputer or a business laptop. All you’ll need is a web browser and a steady internet connection to get started.

Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge is a fast and secure browser that protects your data while also saving you time and money.

Microsoft Store

The Microsoft Store connects you with experiences that let you do more of what you love, whether you use a desktop PC, a tablet, or one of our new Surface devices. The redesigned Microsoft Store is ready for you, with a significantly expanded inventory of apps, games, movies, and TV shows – all of which have been validated for security, family safety, and device compatibility.

Snap Layouts

Snap Layouts, a new feature in Windows 11, allows you to combine apps and windows together to better manage them. It’s similar to the way you can group apps on Android and iOS, or how you can use Split Screen on a Mac. Assume you’re planning a trip and have a number of applications or webpages open to help you. You can keep all of that information organized on your screen with Snap Layouts.

Desktops

On Windows 11, having several desktops eliminates the need to browse through minimized windows and tabs. Instead, separate virtual desktops can be created. You could, for example, create distinct desktops for work, school, and personal use, and modify their backgrounds. (You can create virtual desktops in Windows 10, but you can’t change their backgrounds.)

The feature is similar to the virtual desktop feature seen in MacOS. You can see all of your current desktops by scrolling over Task View on the Taskbar or pressing the Windows key + Tab, or you can create a new one by pressing the Windows key plus Tab.

Chat from Microsoft Teams

All Windows 11 users will be able to use Chat from Microsoft Teams on Windows starting October 5th. It’s a distinctive, lightweight experience that lets Teams personal account users start a video conference or chat with friends and family right from the Taskbar. At the start of Windows 11, Microsoft Teams chat is installed and pinned to the Taskbar. For personal accounts, Windows 11 also features the entire Teams app experience, which powers Chat.

Touch, Pen, Voice experience

Using a Surface Pro X, Microsoft product marketing executive Phillip McClure demonstrated Windows 11’s new touchscreen functionality during today’s event. The new capabilities are immediately noticeable when McClure removes the Surface from its keyboard, as the icons on the taskbar stretch out a little to provide a more touch-friendly interface. Additionally, open windows will have larger touch targets, making it easier to resize and manipulate them using touch controls.

Snap is still available in Windows 11, but in portrait and landscape modes, the apps you’ve snapped to the sides of the screen rotate with your device. Microsoft claims that touchscreen Windows 11 devices would employ the same gesture controls as a laptop’s trackpad, providing a more consistent experience for 2-in-1 customers.

In terms of pen functionality, Microsoft claims that haptic feedback would make using a pen “more engaging and immersive.” Along with Windows 11, Microsoft is releasing a new touch keyboard that includes themes and swipe controls, just like a smartphone keyboard (it also comes with emoji). McClure also demonstrated Windows 11’s voice typing function, which allows voice commands and can automatically insert punctuation for you.

McClure then demonstrated Windows 11’s new Widgets panels on his Surface by swiping from the left on the desktop to bring up the panel. It’s here that you’ll see AI-curated material, as well as current news headlines – similar to the weather and news panel that recently rolled out to the Windows 10 taskbar.

Widgets

Widgets are a new feature in Windows 11 that have been developed to give various forms of information. Weather, news, sports, stocks, traffic, entertainment, Microsoft To-Do items, and Family Safety activities, for example, may all be accessed without having to reach for your phone.

The experience is comparable to Windows 10’s “news & interests” function. The new feature, however, instead of flying out from the Taskbar, has a different interface and appears on the left side of the screen.

Windows 11 Pro Features

Windows 11 Pro includes all of the capabilities included in Windows 11 Home, plus a few extras aimed primarily towards business users. BitLocker, for example, is a full volume encryption program that uses 128-bit or 256-bit AES encryption with your computer’s TPM to encrypt your drive volume. A full suite of business management and deployment tools is also available, including Azure integration and capabilities such as assigned access, dynamic provisioning, kiosk mode setup, Hyper-V, Windows Sandbox, full Windows Remote Desktop support, and more.

There are a few other distinctions that the Microsoft website fails to mention. For starters, while Windows 11 Home no longer supports local accounts and instead asks you to link your Microsoft account, Windows 10 Professional does (Windows 10 Home did support this, but it was removed with Windows 11 Home). Meanwhile, local accounts are supported in Windows 11 Pro without the requirement to link your Microsoft account to it.

There are a few variances in terms of hardware constraints as well. The minimum requirements for both are 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage, a 1 GHz dual-core AMD/Intel/Qualcomm CPU, TPM 2.0, and a DirectX 12-compatible GPU.

Windows 11 Home, on the other hand, only allows 64 CPU cores and 128 GB of RAM. It also doesn’t work with dual-processor computers. That should be enough, but if you require more, Windows 11 Pro enables two CPU systems with 64 cores each (for a total of 128 cores) and up to 2 TB of RAM.

Which Windows 11 Edition Should I Choose?

We’ve covered everything there is to know about both versions of Windows 11, and many of you would think that Windows 11 Pro is the most obvious choice at this time. After all, there’s no need to choose Windows 11 Pro over Windows 11 Home. The requirements are the same, and even if your PC isn’t used in a corporate setting or has outlandish specs, you may still benefit from features like BitLocker and the option to create local accounts.