Microsoft makes selecting the right version of Windows 10 easy with new comparison charts

With the launch of Windows 10 officially beginning in waves on July 29, many people might still be wondering which version of the OS they will need to install on their PC. Microsoft has quietly released a comparison chart, in PDF format, that helps with that decision, along with a more interactive chart on the Windows website.

Windows 10 Comparison

Microsoft has announced seven SDKs for Windows 10, but the PC versions will only have to deal with four of them: Home, Pro, Enterprise and Education. The PDF chart shows which features will be include in each of those four versions.

Most consumers can ignore the Enterprise and Education versions, and concentrate on what's available in the Home and Pro SDKs of Windows 10. The Pro version, which is designed for home and small businesses, will have more features, including the legacy version of Internet Explorer 11 in addition to the new Microsoft Edge web browser.

As we reported earlier, not all PCs eligible for the Windows 10 free upgrade will be able to download it on the July 29 launch date, as Microsoft plans to roll it out in waves.

Source: Microsoft (PDF){.nofollow}, Windows (opens in new tab); Via: Neowin

57 Comments
  • So if I'm signed up as an insider, tested a few builds but rolled back to 8.1 I still get the final build on July 29 right? Hope so.
  • You get the full 10 build because you have 8.1, not because you were an insider
  • He's asking about the first ones to get Windows 10 on July 29th. Insiders will get first than non-Insiders.
  • You are right.
  • Yup
  • Yes,  
  • As long as your 8.1 is a genuine copy you will get a full version yes. Otherwise you'll get an RTM without future updates
  • No, if you come from non-genuine Windows you get non-genuine Windows.
  • The Hero image is awesomeness.
  • ugh, hate that you have to be an enterprise user to use the win to go creator. oh well. all 4 of my computers will live on pro.
  • What is the To Go Creator?
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  • I believe the is the OS on a USB stick service. Basically you can boot any computer from a USB and it will be almost like you are at your own computer.
  • This is actually one of my most wanted features. Hopefully someone finds a way to hack it onto pro.
  • Wanted? It has been around Since Windows 8?  Have you already been using it?
  • What's "Assigned Access 8.1" ?
  • It's a way to make a particular account setup so that they can only use one Windows Store app.  They won't be able to use any other apps or close out of apps / switch, etc.  For example, customers at a car dealer might only be able to use the App showcasing the different cars.  This feature is also a way to setup things like a kiosk.
  • Which version has media center?
  • None of them
  • None
  • um...
    Microsoft has announced seven SDKs for Windows 10
    its called a SKU not an SDK... SKU stands for Stock Keeping Unit... SDK is Software Developer Kit
  • lol even the link says SKU
  • You did read the article by Daniel a couple of weeks ago, saying how many words they type and that they are human and make mistakes. Why do you punks revel in the fact that you "brilliantly" spotted a typo or error? I suppose you are all 100% accurate geniuses. Idiots.
  • in fact i did. however i did not insult, belittle or in fact anything to the like. it is a mistake that is made more than once in this article, so i actually don't believe it was a simple typo but perhaps a misunderstanding of the terminology. your response however is uncalled for and frankly rude and insulting. Maybe you should read and digest what you type before you send it  
  • The chart would be a lot simpler if it were one version.
  • One of the few things apple always gets right.
  • Considering their OS is only appropriate for consumer use, that is pretty easy.  Let's not act like their limitations are an advantage.  OSX = Windows Home edition.  It's actually pretty simple for consumers.
  • [edit] - this was meant to be a reply to xkinn's question above about Assigned Access 8.1... It's a way to make a particular account setup so that they can only use one Windows Store app.  They won't be able to use any other apps or close out of apps / switch, etc.  For example, customers at a car dealer might only be able to use the App showcasing the different cars.  This feature is also a way to setup things like a kiosk.
  • We are getting the free update when available!. now my question is : IS IT GONNA ASK ME WHICH VERSION DO I WANT?
  • Depending on the version you already have. Have a look here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-10-faq > "What Edition of Windows will I get as part of this free upgrade?"
  • No, it's based on what version of Windows you are upgrading from, same as past Windows upgrade paths.   http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-10-specifications At the very end it has the upgrade paths.
  • Pro is for my desktop.
  • I wish Home at least had BitLocker and Remote Desktop included.
  • At the very least RDP. More and more "home" users are using this. Hell I have 4 computers currently and I'm gearing up to buying another one. Being able to RDP is pretty important.
  • Pro required for remote desktop, I don't get that, TeamViewer non-commercial should be bundled with home version
  • Yeah, I need more detail on this. Remote Desktop is available to download as a Win8 app; but does this mean a Windows 10 Home PC won't be able to run remote desktop or does it mean that it won't be able to be accessed via remote desktop?
  • Windows Home can run Remote Desktop as a client, but not as a server.  If you need to RDP into your home PC then you need the Pro edition or a third party solution like teamviewer.
  • I agree... However, one thing to note is that BitLocker is not needed with newer devices that support Device Encryption, just like 8.1 offers.   http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/10/windows-8-1-includes-seamless-automatic-disk-encryption-if-your-pc-supports-it/   Remote Desktop should not only be availble for Home users, but also register your devices to your Microsoft Account so you can find and log into them if the are online. (Especially now that tablets work so well with sleep and waking over wifi, as they could wake up and allow remote access without eating extra battery.)      
  • Yeah, these should be on offer to all Windows 10- security and flexibility. Remote Desktop should be a feature for all Windows devices. Have access to your account/login on any device you own, from any device you want- as long as it's Windows. Now that would be a unique and differentiating feature. Pull up your phone's start screen on your laptop and launch any app or access any file or photo on it's SD card. Access your desktop from your phone. Microsoft is missing an opportunity here.
  • "Most consumers can ignore the Enterprise and Education versions, and concentrate on what's available in the Home and Pro SDKs of Windows 10" - ehmmmm! SKUs
  • I miss hyper-v in that table. I assume it's in the pro editions and above but would be nice with some clarification.
  • Agree.  Can't live without Hyper-v....
  • Question: I have Windows 10 IP alongside my Windows 8.1 Pro partition. I assume Windows 8.1 will get the Pro version of 10, but what about that warning that says "Install the older OS first" even though I'll probably run 10 over 8.1 before 10 over IP. Is the IP smart enough to know if there is a newer version of it on the machine? Also, what version will IP get, Pro or Home, if any?
  • IP?
  • Insider Preview
  • What is with home? Windows 10 & Windows 10+ (professional); not enough?
  • Which one if I want to use Media Center? Oh wait................
  • where is hyper-v?
  • Every developer in this thread bitching about the missing Hyper-V in the table. Give us Hyper-V clarification!
  • Good that I am a msdn subscriber. Will anyhow get it for free. Even the enterprise one which has the most features.
  • So whats the max supported ram?
    Return of passport.
    Goofy upgrade scheme wheres the upgrade for home users from home to pro
  • Should be around 2TB
    I've seen a few Dell servers online the other day with the stated capacity and also 1TB, 512GB and 256 running 8.1.
  • And for all those working in IT, if you haven't heard, changing from Pro to Enterprise is just a PowerShell command and reboot no longer required to re-image with Windows 10.
  • Wow.  Very nice.  Thanks for sharing that.
  • Still buy win 10
  • SDK? I think you meant SKU.
  • Home doesn't have remote desktop?