Windows 10 editions comparison. Which one is right for you?

Windows 10 is free for upgrade for genuine installs of Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1. You get to upgrade to distinct editions of Windows 10, based on the editions of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 you are running. If you are running Windows 7 Home for example, you will be upgraded to Windows 10 Home. If you are running Windows 8.1 Pro, you will be on Windows 10 Pro. If you want Windows 10 Enterprise or Education, you will have to buy them before upgrading.

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Windows 10 editions comparison chart

There are six Windows 10 editions:

  1. Windows 10 Home
  2. Windows 10 Pro
  3. Windows 10 Educational
  4. Windows 10 Enterprise
  5. Windows 10 Mobile
  6. Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise

This article will not talk about mobile editions as the features for mobile editions are pretty limited compared to normal editions. We will keep the focus on first four desktop versions: Windows Home, Windows Professional, Windows Education and Windows Enterprise.

The edition you get upon upgrading depends upon which edition you are using currently. Read our discussion on which edition of Windows 10 you will get for more details.

Windows 10 editions features compared

Windows 10 has plenty of new features and they vary by the editions. Some features are common to all the editions while some advanced features are reserved for higher editions that may not be eligible for free updates. Microsoft has released a chart showing what features will be available in each edition.

The basic features will be available in all four editions. These include the much awaited Cortana, Microsoft Edge, Windows Defender, Fast Start with HiberBoot feature, TPM support, Battery Saver and basic Windows Update feature. Continuum is also available in all editions so you can switch from PC to tablet mode and vice-versa.

Personalization settings such as Lock Screen, wallpapers, themes, and customizing of sounds etc are also available in all editions of Windows 10. You can also download and add themes to your computer or tablet.

Basic security is available to all editions in form of Windows Defender and Windows Firewall.

Device Encryption will be available to all editions if the device hardware supports it.

Windows Hello is also available in all editions. Windows Hello however requires special hardware to work with facial impressions, Iris inspections and fingerprints. Your computer must have those special hardware before Windows Hello can be used.

Windows 10 editions comparison chart

Coming to advanced features, Windows Domain is not available in Windows 10 Home. You will have to have at least Windows 10 Pro to use this feature. Similarly, Group Policy Editor will also not be available in the Home edition. Enterprise, Pro and Education will feature GPE and Domains compatibility.

However, Start Screen Control with group policy will not be available even in Pro. Home too won’t have it. It is available only for Enterprise and Education editions.

Other features absent from Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro are Direct Access, Windows To Go Creator, Applocker, and Branchcache.

Coming to Windows Update, the basic updates will be available to all editions. The long-term servicing branch would be available only to the Enterprise edition. Windows Update for business is available to all editions except Home. Enterprise Editions will be able to defer installing updates, whereas Home users do not have that option. Windows 10 Pro also lets customers take advantage of the new Windows Update for Business, which will reduce management costs

The much talked about Device Guard will not be available for Home and Professional edition.

You can download the PDF Comparison Chart from Microsoft.

Now Read: How to upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Pro.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

7 Comments

  1. Alberto Gorin

    wander what wich edition the free upgrade has

  2. Ed

    I assume that your upgrade of Windows 10 would be comparable to what you are currently running.

  3. Alberto Gorin

    in the days of special price I bought windows 8 pro in buying got windows 8 pro
    now I ask mi self on mi netbook or mini laptop what version beta version windows 10 is
    I see when I get a note that I can upgrade july 29

  4. Dan

    I usually go for computers with multi-cores and “home”versions of 7/8.1. Though sysinternals then always returns “home” versions only allow as if one CPU to function, if a device has fairly good hardware I can use demanding graphics software and all resources by booting suitable Linux. There are however many things Windows remains better with re IoT and internet itself…for me, Windows with one core active seems adequate in usage. As for Device Guard, it seems (if still supporting Win10) that Comodo CIS or Sandboxie would be equivalencies for it in non-enterprise 10. Thanks for a needed Win 10 article, cheers!

  5. Alia Butt

    I recently have 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 my experience with softlay team and other users.
    Thanks you very much.

  6. Bobby j

    Its not, its a downgrade from windows 7 ultimate to 10 pro.

    It should be windows 7 ultimate to windows 10 enterprise.

    10 pro is a step backwards in a business setting. Even educational is better than 10 pro

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