Window 10 Pro vs Enterprise

One of the most common questions I am asked during Small-Medium Business (SMB) customer calls is why should I move from Windows 10 Pro to Enterprise.

The simple (but not complete) answer is: The primary reason is because of the security features included in Enterprise.

Baseline functionality for both versions include:

  • Cortana
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Windows Defender
  • Windows Firewall
  • TPM support
  • Windows Update feature.
  • Device Encryption if the device hardware supports it.
  • Windows Hello

The key features not included in Windows 10 Pro Edition are:

  • AppLocker
  • BranchCache
  • Credential Guard
  • Device Guard
  • Defender Advanced Thread Protection (ATP)
  • Windows Virtual Desktop Use Rights
  • Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V)
  • Microsoft User Environment Virtualization (UE-V)
  • Cloud Activations

Some additional features not available, but are not really related to security are:

  • DirectAccess Support
  • Start Screen Control (with GPO)
  • User Experience Control
  • Windows to Go
  • Long Term Servicing Branch (LTSB) version

Microsoft has created a page: Compare Windows 10 editions which gets into the many details associated with the differences. Check it out!

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