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Windows 10 is free for an upgrade to the original Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 installations, and you will receive an upgrade to different editions of Windows 10 based on the Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 editions you are using. For example, if you use the Windows 7 home page, you will switch to Windows 10 Home. If you are using Windows 8.1 Pro, you are running Windows 10 Pro. If you want Windows 10 Enterprise or Education, you must purchase it before upgrading.
Windows 10 editions comparison table
There are six Windows 10 editions:
- Windows 10 Home Page
- Windows 10 Training
- Windows 10 Enterprise
- Windows 10 Mobile
- Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise
This article will not discuss mobile editions, as the functionality of mobile editions is rather limited compared to normal editions. We will continue to focus on the first four desktop versions: Windows Home, Windows Professional, Windows Education and Windows Enterprise.
The edition you receive when you upgrade depends on the edition you are currently using. Read our discussion on the Windows 10 edition that you will get for more details.
Features of Windows 10 editions in comparison
Windows 10 has many new features that vary by edition. Some features are common to all editions, while some advanced features are reserved for higher editions that are not eligible for free updates. Microsoft has published a table indicating the features that will be available in each edition.
The Basic Functions will be available in all four editions. These include the much anticipated Cortana, Microsoft Edge, Windows Defender, Fast Start with HiberBoot, TPM support, Battery Saver and Windows Basic Update feature. Continuum is also available in all editions so you can switch from PC mode to tablet mode and vice versa.
Customization settings such as lock screen, wallpaper, themes, sound customization, etc. are also available in all editions of Windows 10. You can also download themes and add them to your computer or tray.
Basic Security is available for all editions as Windows Defender and Windows Firewall.
Device Encryption will be available for all editions if the device hardware supports it.
Windows Hello is also available in all editions. However, Windows Hello requires special hardware to work with facial prints, iris inspections and fingerprints. Your computer must have this special hardware before you can use Windows Hello.
On advanced functions : Windows Domain is not available in Windows 10 Home. You must have at least Windows 10 Pro to use this feature. In addition, Group Policy Editor will not be available in the Home Edition. Enterprise, Pro and Education will be compatible with the GPE and the domains.
However, Group Startup Policy Startup Screen Control is not available in Pro. That’s not gonna happen at home either. It is only available for the Enterprise and Education editions.
With Windows Update, basic updates are available for all editions. The long-term service area is only available for the Enterprise Edition. Windows Update for Enterprise is available for all editions except Home. Enterprise Editions may delay the installation of updates, while home users do not have this option. With Windows 10 Pro, customers can also take advantage of the new Windows Update for Business update, which reduces administrative costs
The much discussed Device Guard will not be available for home and business edition.
You can download the PDF comparison table from Microsoft.
Read now: How to switch from Windows 10 Home to Pro.