At the end of July, the clock struck midnight and the period to upgrade your computer to Windows 10 for free was over. Quite a lot of people upgraded while they had a chance but as Net Market Share reports, not every Windows-powered computer has upgraded to 10.
In this post, we’re going to discuss why it would be a good idea to upgrade to Windows 10, and which version to choose between Home and Pro.
Should you Upgrade to Windows 10?
Microsoft was very aggressive with how much they pushed Windows 7 and 8 users to upgrade to 10, especially over the last few months before the deadline. If you’re still running Windows 7 or 8, you either live under a rock or had to fight really hard to keep it.
So why would you want to upgrade to Windows 10 at all, after dodging annoying pop-ups for months? Now that Windows 10 has had time to mature, it’s a solid operating system that offers quite a few upgrades over previous versions.
Here are a few reasons why it would be smart to consider upgrading to Windows 10:
4 Reasons to consider Windows 10 Upgrading
1. Much Better Built-In Security: While it still won’t take the place of a strong antivirus and anti-malware suite, the built-in Windows Security in 10 is leagues ahead of 7 and 8.
2. Cortana: Microsoft’s digital assistant, you can use your voice to set alarms, navigate through Windows, plan vacations and even track your packages. Windows Central goes through a long list of things you may not know Cortana can do.
3. DirectX 12: The next generation of graphics technology is exclusively on Windows 10. While games have been slow to update, the day will come where you will need Win 10 to run your favorite games.
4. Plenty of Power-User Tools: Microsoft heard the complaints about Windows 8 loud and clear, they packed 10 full of handy tools power users will love like running virtual desktops, high-DPI monitor support and pasting text into the command prompt.
Difference Between Windows 10 Home and Pro
In the past, Microsoft has offered tons of different versions of Windows but this time they simplified things a little bit.
At first glance, both versions look like identical twins. They’ll both function similarly and both look the same. The differences won’t be too obvious at first but as you settle into your new operating system you will start to notice a few features lacking.
Home is a bit cheaper but hold up for a second before you decide to go for it! Home lacks many features that Pro has that you might find helpful. Take a little time to think over the decision, we recommend going with Pro right from the get-go.
In addition to the extra tools you get, it makes financial sense to go right from Pro as well. It costs more to purchase Home, then upgrade to Pro later then it does to simple purchase Pro up front.
Create and join a domain (work network)
Group policy management
Enterprise Mode Internet Explorer
Windows Store for Business
Windows Update for Business
Max. supported RAM
Windows 10 Pro
With that in mind, let’s go through a few different features that only Pro offers. You’ll see why we recommend Pro upfront, hopefully saving you a little money down the road.
1. Remote Desktop
In the pro version of Windows 10, you can connect to and control another computer running Windows 10. This can come in handy in a number of different situations. If you’re often on the road for work, you can still log into your desktop back at the office - assuming it’s powered on.
You can also use remote desktop for support reasons. Is your parent’s computer acting up? It doesn’t matter if you’re on the other side of the country, or even world, you can log into their computer and see what’s going on for yourself.
If you don’t use cloud storage, this is a great way to keep your files close. Forgot that important report you were working on last night at home? No problem, log into your computer from work and email it over to yourself!
Marketed more towards power users, Hyper-V isn’t a vitamin supplement. It’s the ability to run virtual machines on your windows computer.
These sandboxes can be used to experiment around with. Are you concerned the installer you downloaded has adware built in? Launch a virtual machine and see what happens. If it crashes or slows down, you know to throw away the installer.
These virtual machines don’t even need to run Windows. Want to try out Linux, see if you like it? No problem, boot up a virtual machine and install the new operating system.
3. Delaying Updates
System updates are a good thing most of the time but here and there they make the news because a simple update broke features or exposed computers.
Windows 10 Pro offers a feature that lets you delay installing updates. Let other people try out updates and polish rough edges before you give it a shot.
Both versions of Windows let you tell Microsoft to wait until you power down to install updates, as opposed to restarting while you were in the middle of video chatting with your family, but only Pro lets you put off the update for a while.
We saved the best one for last, do you own a laptop? What would happen if someone stole your precious computer?
If hackers have physical access to your computer, there’s almost nothing they can’t break into. BitLocker puts a stop to that. Microsoft has a great article detailing what BitLocker does, but basically it encrypts your entire hard drive so no one can get in.
Those tax returns from last year? Quickbooks files? Sensitive documents? All encrypted and completely safe. You’d have to find a way to replace them if your laptop disappears but at least they won’t be in some hackers hands!
Windows 10 Pro: A Safe Bet
BitLocker alone is enough of a reason to choose Windows 10 Pro, but there are a lot of other reasons why we recommend Pro. It’s more secure, has plenty of more settings and is a power user’s dream come true.
If you’re considering upgrading to Windows 10 from a previous version, it’s definitely recommended. There’s a running joke that Windows cycles between good and bad operating systems.
Windows 7 was a hit, then Windows 8 came out and many consumers weren’t very fond of the mobile-first feel. Now that Windows 10 is here Microsoft listened to your complaints and they’re back on top of their game.
The only thing to decide is what version you want, but instead of jumping at the cheaper option look at the whole picture. Home is missing some critical features and it’ll be more expensive in the long run if you go with Home than decide to upgrade to Pro later.
For that reason, we recommend Windows 10 Pro edition, it’s a great operating system that comes with all of the extra features you need. If you still haven’t made up your mind, Microsoft made a handy chart that goes through all of the features the versions have here.