Chart comparing Windows 10 Home vs. Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, Education

Microsoft compares the different versions of Windows 10: Home, Pro, Enterprise, and Education.

Windows 10 desktop

Microsoft unveils the comparison chart between Windows 10 Home, Pro, Enterprise, and Education. The software giant’s brand new operating system is set to release on July 29th, on this day millions of people around the world will begin to upgrade for free, and for those who are curious what’s the difference between all the editions, Microsoft has published a chart to compare the features users will be getting with Windows 10 Home, Pro, and the other SKUs.

The chart below shows the difference between Windows 10 Pro, Home, Education, and Enterprise.

Just keep in mind that users getting the Windows 10 upgrade for free can’t choose what version to install. This process will be done automatically based on their current version they’re running. For more details, read my previous article explaining which version of Windows 10 you’ll be getting for free.

Customize Start MenuYesYesYesYes
Windows Defender & Windows FirewallYesYesYesYes
Fast start up with Hiberboot and InstantGoYesYesYesYes
TPM supportYesYesYesYes
Battery SaverYesYesYesYes
Windows UpdateYesYesYesYes
Talk or type naturallyYesYesYesYes
Personal and proactive suggestionsYesYesYesYes
Search web, device, and cloudYesYesYesYes
"Hey Cortana" hands-on free activationYesYesYesYes
Windows Hello
Native fingerprint recognitionYesYesYesYes
Native facial and iris recognitionYesYesYesYes
Enterprise level securityYesYesYesYes
Virtual desktopsYesYesYesYes
Snap assist (up to 4 apps on one screen)YesYesYesYes
Snap apps across screens on different monitorsYesYesYesYes
Switch from PC to tablet modeYesYesYesYes
Microsoft Edge
Reading viewYesYesYesYes
Built-in ink supportYesYesYesYes
Cortana integrationYesYesYesYes
Existing Fundamentals
Device EncryptionYesYesYesYes
Domain JoinNoYesYesYes
Group Policy ManagementNoYesYesYes
Enterprise Mode Internet Explorer (EMIE)NoYesYesYes
Assigned Access 8.1NoYesYesYes
Remote DesktopNoYesYesYes
Direct AccessNoNoYesYes
Windows To Go CreatorNoNoYesYes
Smart Screen Control with Group PolicyNoNoYesYes
Management and Deployment
Side-loading of line of business appYesYesYesYes
Mobile device managementYesYesYesYes
Ability to Join Azure Active Directory, with single sign-on to cloud-hosted appsNoYesYesYes
Business Store for Windows 10NoYesYesYes
Granular UX ControlNoNoYesYes
Easy Upgrade from Pro to Enterprise EditionNoYesYesYes
Easy Upgrade from Home to Education EditionYesNoNoYes

As you can see from the chart, all the editions include every essential feature users need to get the work done. However, there are a few specific features that you will only find on specific version of Windows 10, such as Long Term Servicing Branch, which allows enterprise to prolong upgrades or Windows Update for Business that allows companies to control how updates are delivered, and this is something that Home users don’t have to deal with.

While the operating system is release on July 29th, the company explains that the roll out will go by stages: On July 29th, Windows Insider will get the upgrade, then those who reserved a free copy, and then everyone else, so no everyone will get Windows 10 on day one – the roll out will take some time.

What version of Windows 10 are you running? Tell us in the comments below.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and