Difference Between Windows 10 Home, Pro, Enterprise, VL, N Editions

Microsoft releases multiple editions of its Operating Systems like Windows 10. Sometimes it can be quite confusing to check which edition or version suits our needs. In this article, we will discuss about different editions of Windows 10 and know what is Pro, VL and N editions.

Let’s discuss each edition one by one so that we can understand the difference among all these Windows 10 editions.

Windows 10 editions comparison

Windows 10 Home

Windows 10 Home mostly comes pre-installed in the laptops you buy. It contains all the major features included in Windows 10 like Cortana, Microsoft Edge, Continuum, universal apps etc. The things missing are mostly related to networking. The home edition can’t be joined in a domain and it does not include group policy editor. But you can install group policy editor separately in Windows 10. If you are going to use Windows 10 on your home computer, Windows 10 Home is suitable for you. Other features not included in Windows 10 Home are Bitlocker, Enterprise Mode IE, Remote Desktop and Client Hyper-V.

Windows 10 Pro

Windows 10 Professional edition is mostly used in Office environments where joining a Windows Server domain is required. Windows 10 Pro comes with all the features of Windows 10 Home and features like Group Policy Management, Bitlocker encryption, Remote Desktop, Hyper-V, Azure Active Directory join ability, enterprise data protection, Windows Update for business etc.

Windows 10 Enterprise

Windows 10 Enterprise edition includes all the features of Windows 10 Pro plus additional features like Direct Access, Windows To Go creator, AppLocker, BranchCache, Start Screen control with Group Policy, credential guard, device guard etc.

Windows 10 Mobile

Windows 10 Mobile is designed for smartphones and tablets and includes basic consumer features including Continuum capability.

What does VL stand for?

You will see Windows 10 Enterprise VL editions. VL stands for Volume License. This means that a single license key can be used to activate multiple installations of Windows 10. This is usually used by large enterprises.

N and KN editions

Windows 10 N editions are specifically designed for Europe and Switzerland to comply with the European law. The N stands for Not with Media Player and does not come with Windows Media Player pre-installed.

KN is specially designed for Korean market and does not include Windows Media Player (WMP) and an instant messenger.

Hopefully this gives a brief comparison of all the Windows 10 editions. Wikipedia gives a very good comparison chart and for full detailed comparison, you can read the Microsoft Windows 10 comparison page.

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10 thoughts on “Difference Between Windows 10 Home, Pro, Enterprise, VL, N Editions”

  1. I recently upgraded from windows 7 ultimate to windows 10 pro, but faced some technical issue so downgrade my PC being download your ISO, Which worked fine to install into my PC and after that I need product key to activate my OS.
    I searched via Google and found an Indian site ODosta Store
    From where, I bought cheap license and activated my operating system without any issue, So I thought myself to share it with other users.
    Thanks you very much.

  2. I’m curious is there are (if any) differences in the allowed encryptions ‘bits’ levels for the Win10 US vs. the Win10N?

  3. How do I create a EI.cfg so I can freely chose which license type with my windows 10?
    Idea’s,suggestions even how to required.

    • Very easily. Just paste the following four lines into notepad, save as file ei.cfg and place it in the “sources” folder of your installation media (most likely a bootable thumbdrive that you created from the ISO image you downloaded with Microsoft’s media creation tool):

  4. Thanks. This site has the best info on Windows 10. Microsoft seems to scatter the info around and makes the important info hard to find. These pages summarizes all the needed info.

  5. All too complicated. My problem is … no Store, and no Skype, I wonder what else…. What happened to them when I reinstalled Windows 10 pro x64 after a hard disk crash?

  6. Confused as H!

    I swear I downloaded the file for winx pro 64 version 1709. But when it finished it read win 10 home 1709 64. SO I tried direct download and same thing happened. So where do I get the actual iso of winx pro 64 1709?


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