Compare Windows

There’s a version of Windows that’s right for everyone. Here’s how to decide which is best for you.

Compare Windows

There’s a version of Windows that’s right for everyone. Here’s how to decide which is best for you.

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  • Windows 10 vs. 11

Features available in both editions

Get things done. Have a little fun. Check out some of the new and updated experiences that come in both Windows 11 Home and Pro.

Features screens available in Windows 11

Microsoft Edge

The fast, fun, and secure browser.

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Microsoft Store

Featuring new functionality and more apps.+

Features screens available in Windows 11

Snap Layouts

Arrange your open windows into perfect grids.1

Features screens available in Windows 11

Desktops

Switch desktops for better organization.1

Features screens available in Windows 11

Microsoft Teams

Reach anyone right from your desktop.1

Features screens available in Windows 11

Touch, Pen, Voice experience

Express yourself in the way you do best.1

Features screens available in Windows 11

Widgets

Find the things that matter to you—fast.

Features screens available in Windows 11

Gaming

Experience epic and immersive graphics.

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Advanced protections to defend against today’s cyberthreats. Built-in, routinely updated, and at no extra cost to you.2 That’s Windows Security.

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Comparing features between Windows 11 Pro vs. Windows 11 Home editions
Feature Windows 11 Home Windows 11 Pro

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If your device is lost or stolen, BitLocker puts everything on lockdown, so no one else can access your systems or data.3

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If you turn on device encryption, only authorized individuals will be able to access your device and data.4

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Keep track of your devices—even your digital pen!

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Your Windows device comes with built-in security features to help safeguard against viruses, malware, and ransomware.

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App & Browser control in Windows Security helps protect your device from potentially dangerous apps, files, websites, and downloads.

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Manage screen time, limit access to mature content, and control online purchases when you connect your family's Microsoft accounts.

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Helps prevent malicious software applications and unauthorized operating systems from loading during the system start-up process.

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Uses facial recognition, fingerprint, or PIN, for a fast, secure, and password-free way to unlock your compatible Windows devices.3,5

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Helps protect enterprise apps and data against accidental data leaks on enterprise-owned devices and personal devices that employees bring to work.6

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View and manage the security and health of your device.

Business management and deployment

Enterprise-grade encryption. Cloud management that enables work from anywhere. It’s just what businesses need, and success demands.

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Comparing features between Windows 11 Pro vs. Windows 11 Home editions
Feature Windows 11 Home Windows 11 Pro

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Windows 11 Pro devices run different applications depending on the user and keep individual identities separate and secured.

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Take a new PC out of the box, turn it on, and transform it into a productive organization device, with minimal time and effort.

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Available to any organization with an Azure AD Premium or Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) license, Enterprise State Roaming provides users with a unified experience across their Windows devices and reduces the time needed for configuring a new device.7

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Manage PCs, user accounts, and groups, and get easy access to files and printers when you pair Windows 11 Pro with Windows Server.*

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Configure a device locally on the device or remotely using Mobile Device Management.

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Your one place to find, manage, and distribute apps to Windows 11 devices in volume.8

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Mobile Device Management (MDM) provides an alternative to traditional PC management processes so you can transition to cloud-based management at your own pace.9

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Domain Join + Group Policy: IT staff can easily manage PCs, user accounts and groups, security policies, and can get easy access to files and printers when pairing Windows 11 Pro with Windows Server.*

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Employees can use a single login across Windows 11, Microsoft 365**, and other Microsoft services, making logons and passwords easier to manage.

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Helps reduce management costs, provides control over update deployments, enables efficient delivery of updates, and provides access to the latest innovations.

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Windows 11 brings you closer to what you love

Family, friends, obsessions, music, creations—Windows 11 is the one place for it all.

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A PC for each of us

With a broad choice of devices—across style, price, features, and forms—you’re sure to find the right fit with Windows 11.

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Check for compatibility

Use the PC Health Check app to see if your PC can run Windows 11.

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  • Features and app availability may vary by region.
  • 1 Certain features require specific hardware, see here for full details. Some layouts only available based on display resolution and scale settings. Chatting via SMS is available in limited countries and will be made available to other locations on a rolling basis. Please refer to this page for more details. Internet access required; ISP fees may apply. Feature only available in Windows 11.
  • 2 During the device support period provided by the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM).
  • 3 Requires TPM 2.0 or greater for TPM based key protection.
  • 4 Requires InstantGo/AOAC/HSTI-compliant. More details here.
  • 5 Requires specialized hardware, including fingerprint reader, illuminated IR sensor or other biometric sensors and capable devices.
  • 6 For Windows 11 Pro: WIP requires either Mobile Device Management (MDM) or System Center Configuration Manager to manage settings.
  • 7 Separate subscription for Azure Active Directory Premium required.
  • 8 Available in select markets. Functionality and apps may vary by market and device.
  • 9 MDM requires an MDM product such as Microsoft Intune or other third-party solutions (sold separately).
  • 10 Certain features require specific hardware, see here for full details. Some layouts only available based on display resolution and scale settings. Chatting via SMS is available in limited countries and will be made available to other locations on a rolling basis. Please refer to this page for more details Internet access required, ISP fees may apply.
  • 11 Apps that are no longer open will not automatically be put back into place. Apps that come out of full-screen mode when you undock will not be put back into full-screen mode upon redocking but will be placed back as best as possible.
  • 12 Hardware and software dependent, requires NVMe SSD with minimum 2.5GB/second read times, DirectStorage API adoption for games.
  • + Some apps shown coming later. Certain apps only available through Microsoft Store app in Windows 11.
  • * Sold separately.
  • ** Microsoft 365 subscription sold separately.