How to pick between Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro.

Author:Collins, J. Carlton

Q. I'm looking to buy a new Windows 10 computer. Should I buy the Windows 10 Home edition or the Windows 10 Professional edition?

A. The Windows 10 Professional edition costs about $50 more and provides five useful features not found in Windows 10 Home edition, as follows.

  1. BitLocker

    BitLocker enables you to encrypt your computer system hard drive (or selected files or folders on your hard drive) and is a good way to protect your computer and its contents in the event the computer is lost or stolen. Once enabled, BitLocker locks the computer startup process (or the resume-from-hibernation process) until the correct PIN is entered or the correct USB-based startup key is inserted. These additional security measures provide multifactor authentication, which is important because the Windows password only prevents others from starting Windows on your computer, but does not prevent hackers from harvesting the data files from your unencrypted hard drives. BitLocker encrypts your hard drives and prevents hackers from harvesting your data files.

    BitLocker installs differently depending on whether your computer contains a trusted platform module (TPM), which is also referred to as a cryptoprocessor. The TPM, found in most newer computers, prevents hackers from bypassing encryption efforts. If your computer has a TPM installed, you can install BitLocker by right-clicking your C drive (or your desired drive) in a File Explorer window, and then choosing the Turn on BitLocker command, as pictured below.

    You will then be asked whether you want to unlock your drive using a password, PIN, or USB flash drive. After that, you will be prompted through the process of creating a suitable password, PIN, or USB unlocking key.

    If your computer does not include a TPM, then installation is more complicated, as follows. Log on to your Windows 10 computer with administrative privileges; search for and select the GPEDIT.MSC command; from the Local Group Policy Editor, select Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, BitLocker Drive Encryption and, from the expanded list, select Operating System Devices; select the option Require additional authentication at startup; and make sure that the box next to Allow BitLocker without a compatible TPM is checked. Continue to set up BitLocker by selecting and creating your preferred unlock method(s).

  2. Full Remote Desktop

    The full version of Remote Desktop is a Windows tool that allows remote computers...

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