Windows 10 comes in different editions i.e., Home, Pro, Enterprise, Education etc. Sometimes it can be quite confusing to check which edition or version suits our needs.
That’s why we have compiled a list of differences between Windows 10 Home, Pro and Enterprise editions.
Let’s discuss each edition one by one so that we can understand the difference between all these Windows 10 editions.
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 to a Microsoft domain network and it does not include a group policy editor. However, you can install the group policy editor separately in Windows 10 Home.
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 include 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 ability to join Active Directory, enterprise data protection and 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.
Other Windows 10 Editions
Windows 10 Education
Windows 10 Education is specifically given to educational institutions and it has all the features of Windows 10. There are no feature limitations or restrictions in the Windows 10 Education edition. You can think of it as similar to the Windows 10 Enterprise edition.
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 provides a very good comparison chart and for full detailed comparison, you can read the Microsoft Windows 10 comparison page.
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