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The different versions of Windows 10

Windows 10 now has many different editions. Windows 10 in S mode is a variation on Windows 10 Home and Pro, so it's time to compare this newcomer with Windows 10 Home and Pro; by far the most famous editions. On this page you will find the differences between the operating systems and read which edition best fits your usage.

In short

Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 in S mode and Windows 10 Pro have a lot in common, such as a number of standard Windows features. There are, however, also differences that make the operating systems completely different from each other again. We have listed these differences below for you:

Comparison between Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 in S mode, and Windows 10 Pro

Windows 10 Home Windows 10 in S mode Windows 10 Pro
Windows start menu Yes Yes Yes
Programs outside the Windows Store Yes No Yes
Only Microsoft Edge (and Bing) No Yes No
BitLocker No Yes Yes
Microsoft Update for Business No Yes Yes
Remote Desktop No Yes Yes
Assigned Access No No Yes

Windows 10 Home

Acer laptop on desk in room.

The most well-known version of Windows is probably Windows 10 Home. This operating system is installed on most laptops and is suitable for home use. This version has the familiar start menu, and you install almost all software.

Windows 10 Pro

Woman laughs at what she sees on a Yoga laptop.

Windows 10 Pro is particularly suitable for business applications. For example, Pro has the functions Remote Desktop and Windows Update for Business. Via Remote Desktop you have access to computers within your domain from your laptop. With Windows Update for Business, a network administrator for multiple computers simultaneously runs Windows Updates. In Windows 10 Pro you also have more options to protect your laptop than in Windows 10 Home. Here your laptop needs a TPM chip.

Windows 10 in S mode

Man with headphones uses touchscreen laptop in tablet mode.

Windows 10 in S mode can also be used well for business applications. This operating system also has Remote Dekstop, BitLocker and Microsoft Update for Business. Windows 10 in S mode is a lighter operating system and therefore faster than Home and Pro. In addition, the battery lasts longer. With Windows 10 in S mode, you only have the choice of apps available on the Windows Store. So you are less likely to get viruses through infected downloads or software.

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