Windows 10 editions in-depth: how are the Home, Pro, Enterprise, and Education versions different?

Windows 10

When it comes to opting for an operating system, Windows is one of the most chosen by the population worldwide. In this sense, the first thing to choose is the version, because despite the fact that Windows 10 is the most used today, there are still people who need other versions for some reason, and within each version there are several editions.

Specifically, within Windows 10, although Microsoft is responsible for creating some regional variations or specific versions, generally versions are divided into four: Home, Pro, Enterprise and Education editions. With regard to private users, it is quite frequent to doubt between choose Home or Pro version of Windows 10, so it is interesting to know the differences between all of them.

Windows 10 Home, Pro, Enterprise, or Education? These are the differences between them.

As we mentioned, in this case among the four they form the most popular editions of the Windows 10 operating system, so there are usually certain important doubts when deciding on one or the other.

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Main differences between each edition of Windows 10

As we mentioned, although it is true that there are some differences between each editionThe truth is that on many occasions users with the Home version of the operating system have more than enough. However, in certain circumstances it may be necessary to update. Next we comment some of the most significant differences when selecting one edition or another:

  • Maximum RAM memory: It should not be a problem for most private users, but in some cases, such as companies or servers, it can be. In the Home version of Windows 10, a maximum of 128 GB of RAM can be used, while in the Pro, Enterprise and Education editions the limit is 2 TB of RAM, in all cases speaking of the 64 editions bits.
  • BitLocker and professional tools- The ability to use BitLocker disk encryption, as well as some professional Windows tools such as Hyper-V, enterprise data protection, domain join or update customization, is limited to users of the Pro, Enterprise and Education editions, excluding Home version users.
  • Remote Desktop: This is a function to be able to connect remotely from one computer to another through the network. Although it is true that regardless of the edition you will be able to connect to another computer, if you are a user of the Home version, you will not be able to allow incoming connections from other computers, or the use of remote applications.
  • Microsoft Edge and Cortana: Another section that may be interesting goes through the use of Edge, Microsoft's browser, and Cortana, the virtual assistant. These two system functions are included in all editions, except for Windows 10 LTSB (Enterprise), an edition that does not include such regular updates either.

Windows 10 setup program

Windows Remote Desktop (RDP)
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Comparison table between the functions of each edition

As we mentioned, the main differences between Windows 10 editions that can make users choose one version or another have already been discussed. However, if you want some more in-depth details, these are the most specific differences between each version:

Edition Home BESS Enterprise Education
Type of license OEM, retail OEM, Retail, Volume Volume Volume
Edition N? Si Si Si Si
Maximum RAM 128GB (64-bit) 2 TB (64-bit) 2 TB (64-bit) 2 TB (64-bit)
Telemetry Basic Basic Segura Segura
Cortana Si Si Yes, except LTSB Si
Hardware encryption Si Si Si Si
Edge Si Si Yes, except LTSB Si
Multiple languages Si Si Si Si
Mobile support Si Si Si Si
Virtual desktops Si Si Si Si
Windows Hello Si Si Si Si
Windows Spotlight Si Si Si Si
Remote Desktop Customer only Si Si Si
Remote apps Customer only Si Si Si
Windows subsystem for Linux Si Si Si Si
Hyper-V No Si Si Si
BitLocker No Si Si Si
Deferred updates No Si Si Si
Possibility of joining a domain No Si Si Si
Business data protection No Si Si Si
Windows Update for Business No Si Si Si
AppLocker No No Si Si
Credential Guard No No Si Si
windows-to-go No No Si Si
LTSB Edition No No Si No
Possibility to upgrade to Pro Si No No Si
Ability to upgrade to Enterprise No Si No No
Ability to upgrade to Education Si No No No
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With all this, it should be noted that most home users will have more than enough with the Home version of Windows 10. Only in some specific cases will an update to a higher edition be necessary.


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