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These are the features which Windows 10 Home and Pro Editions won’t get

These are the features which Windows 10 Home and Pro Editions won’t get

by AshwinJuly 4, 2015

Microsoft has quietly published a comparison chart for the various editions of its upcoming Windows 10 operating system.


Back in May, the Redmond Company announced that Windows 10 will come in seven editions.

They are:

  1. Windows 10 Home
  2. Windows 10 Mobile
  3. Windows 10 Pro
  4. Windows 10 Enterprise
  5. Windows 10 Education
  6. Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise
  7. Windows 10 IoT Core

The comparison chart showcases the features which will be available in Windows 10 Home, Pro, Enterprise and Education Editions.

At first glance, the comparison chart suggests, that all the features are available for all editions. However this isn’t the case, as observed by Ghacks. Only the Core Experiences are available for all editions. These include Start Menu, Windows Defender & Windows firewall, Cortana, Continuum, Virtual desktops, Aero Snap, Microsoft Edge and more.

All Editions of Windows 10 will support Microsoft’s new security system, Windows Hello, which uses biometric recognition (fingerprint, facial and iris recognition) to authenticate users

It is the support for Business Experiences¬† in the various Editions that differ. Let’s take a look at the features which Windows 10 Home and Pro Editions won’t get.

The following features are not available for Windows 10 Home:

  • Domain Join
  • Group Policy Management
  • BitLocker2
  • Enterprise Mode Internet Explorer (EMIE)
  • Assigned Access 8.1
  • Remote Desktop
  • Ability to join Azure Active Directory, with single sign-on to cloud-hosted apps7
  • Business Store for Windows 10
  • Enterprise Data Protection

These features are not available in both Windows 10 Home and Pro:

  • Direct Access
  • Windows To Go Creator
  • AppLocker
  • BranchCache
  • Start Screen Control with Group Policy
  • Granular UX Control
  • Credential Guard
  • Device Guard

While the features that won’t be available for Home users aren’t very important, there is one drawback in the edition. As we previously told you, Microsoft has announced that it will be servicing the various editions of Windows 10, through three different update channels. Windows 10 Home Edition users will not be able to defer updates, i.e, you cannot disable updates, hence all Windows Updates will be installed automatically.

Windows 10 Home will not be serviced (getting updates) by the Windows Update for Business and Current Branch for Business branches. However, Windows 10 Pro will be supported by both channels.

And Windows 10 Home, Pro and Education Editions will not be serviced by the Long Term Servicing Branch.

Only Windows 10 Enterprise Editions will be serviced by all three branches.

Windows 10 is launching on July 29th. But only Windows Insiders will be getting the update initially, followed by  Windows 7 and 8.x users who reserved their free upgrade to Windows 10. The free upgrade will be rolled out in phases gradually, and users will be notified when Windows 10 has been downloaded on their computers, and is ready to install.