Windows 10 Editions Comparison


different editions of Windows 10

Windows 10 editions


Different editions for different uses with Windows 10

There are two editions of Windows 10 available. This is different from Windows versions in the past when they included such versions as home, business and pro. Other than the enterprise functions both the Home and the Pro edition contain the same features. The cost difference is that the Home edition can be downloaded for about $120.00 whereas the Professional edition will run about $200.00. Even though I don’t run an internal domain at home I always use the pro edition because of the networking features and encryption (bitlocker) function. The home version has always not included the network troubleshooting tools and I like to have those features available.

One of the features that I really enjoy in Windows 10 is the ability to interface with my Xbox account. I can watch the movies I have purchased on my Xbox from my computer which works out great for me when someone else in the family has taken control of the TV for the night. It also ties into the points gathered on the Xbox website giving the ability to add points by playing games and taking short quizzes, that are both entertaining and fun.

Windows 10 Editions Feature Comparison


Features Basic Pro
Continuum for Phones x x
Cortana x x
Windows Ink x x
Start Menu and Live Tiles x x
Tablet Mode x x
Voice, pen, touch, and gesture x x
Microsoft Edge (+ reading view PDF reader) x x
Windows Hello x x
Windows Hello Companion Devices x x
Windows Information Protection x x
Device Encryption x x
Bitlocker x
Trusted Boot x x
Windows Device Health Attestation service x x
Xbox App x x
Xbox controller support (wired) x x
DirectX 12 graphic support x x
Game streaming (Xbox One to PC) x x
Game DVR x x
Group Policy x
Mobile Device Management x x
Enterprise State Roaming with Azure Active Directory x
Windows Store for Business x
Assigned Access x
Dynamic Provisioning x
Windows Update for Business x
Shared PC configuration x
Take a Test x
Domain Join x
Enterprise Mode Internet Explorer (EMIE) x
Remote Desktop x
Client Hyper-V x