So you’re getting ready to build or buy a New Windows Computer, but one key decision remains. I Need Windows Pro or not
what operating system are you going to pick?
And unless you’re using a Linux distribution or buying a Mac, chances are you’re going to end up with some version of Windows or another.
Now, at first, this might seem like a non-decision. Just pick the 64-bit version of whatever the latest Windows are and you’re all set, right? Well, maybe not,
Because ever since Windows XP, there have been home and professional editions of every windows, and some additional ones from time to time. And it isn’t always obvious what the extra money,
Sometimes as much as another hundred US dollars will get you with an enhanced professional license.
So when does Windows Pro actually make sense?
Well, the answer depends not only on your needs but also on which version of Windows you need to run.
As many folks still need a copy of Windows 7 to run legacy applications. So we’ll be covering 7, 8, and 10 in this blog.
Now, it’s one thing if you’re thinking about getting a professional edition just for the extra bells and whistles, but it’s quite another,
If you need one, to take advantage of your hardware, specifically memory. If you’re running Windows 7 is a big factor here.
The home premium version only supports up to 16 GB of RAM and with many higher-end computers these days, having sometimes significantly more than that. That would be a reason to go Pro.
Windows 8 and 10 support a much more generous 128 GB on their home editions, although Pro could be a good option if you need more than that for something like virtualization, especially as Hyper V windows are built-in virtualization, support is only available in pro and higher.
But other than supporting more memory than an elephant.
what else do Windows professional editions offer?
Well, ever since Windows 7, bit locker.
Microsoft’s version of full disk encryption, which you can learn more about here as well as encrypting file system, has required buying In addition, beyond just the home version,
Windows 8 and 10 professional include Bit Locker, while for Windows 7 you’ll have to step up to the even more expensive ultimate addition.
So if you’re storing sensitive data on your drive that you can’t afford to have stolen, shelling out more money for a fancier version of Windows might be something to look into.
And if you’re watching this, the chances are you might be the defacto IT person for your friends or family or even work. And you might find the remote desktop connection feature in pro useful,
As only computers with pro editions can be remotely controlled if you need to fix a problem or grab a file from another PC, though, it should be noted there are lots of remote control options other than the built-In one in Windows.
We’ve actually talked about them before. But wait for a second, Linus. I mean, can I just use third party tools for a lot of this stuff? Well, yeah. In fact, many of them are free.
So why should you give more money to Microsoft?
Well, the answer is that more expensive versions of Windows still have some features that are hard to get by other means or just more difficult to do without switching operating systems entirely, such as setting up the domain at home, which can be useful if lots of people need access to the same resources.
And if you’d like to fine-tune what they can and can’t do, and if you can get your hands on an enterprise version of Windows 8 or later, you can actually use Windows to go,
This essentially allows you to run an entire customized window session off of a USB flash drive, which is pretty freaking cool.
So even though the base versions of Windows have gotten more feature-rich over the years, pro and higher versions might still be worth a look.
If you’d like an experience that’s a bit more powerful without having to run around and find third-party tools for everything you want to do.
Just don’t call yourself an IT professional on your resume after picking up a copy of Windows Pro, especially if the only reason you bought Windows Pro was to virtualize 10 instances of Minecraft.
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