Join Martin Guidry for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding the desktop versions of Windows 10, part of Windows 10: Administration.
- Let's start out by talking about the different editions of Windows 10. Windows 10 is available in three primary editions for desktop computers. They are Home, Pro, and Enterprise. As the name suggests, the Home version is designed not for businesses, but rather for people in their homes. The Pro version is designed for businesses. It has most of the features one would need in a typical corporate environment.
And Enterprise is designed for a large business and has basically every feature available. The Home and Pro edition can be bought easily online or at most stores that sell software. The Enterprise edition is a little more difficult to come by. With a few exceptions, it's only sold in volume license sets. In other words, large businesses buy a large number of licenses from Microsoft at one time.
That is the preferred way for Microsoft to sell Enterprise Edition. So you may not find it at your local software store. We'll talk about some features that are available in all three editions. Windows Defender and Windows Firewall are the same in all three editions and work basically the same. Table Mode is available in all three editions. Although we call these the desktop editions, all three would work perfectly fine on a tablet or on a PC that converts to a tablet.
The new voice activated Cortana feature is available in all editions as is the new Edge web browser. Now we'll talk about some features that are different amongst the three versions. There are dozens or maybe hundreds of different features that vary from version to version. I'm just going to hit on a few of the most important ones. The ability to join a domain is not available in the Home version. It is available in Pro and Enterprise. Domain Join very important for larger businesses.
Remote Desktop. Also not available on the Home edition. It is available on Pro and Enterprise. By this we mean, being able to connect to a PC that is running Windows 10. The PC receiving the connection will need to be either Pro or Enterprise. You can load the Remote Desktop client on Home edition and connect to a remote PC. But to receive connections, you'll need to be running Pro or Enterprise.
The BitLocker hard drive encryption, again, also available on Pro and Enterprise. And the Direct Access feature that functions similar to a VPN allowing users to make secure, remote connections to a network. That is only available on the Enterprise edition So if you are interested in a specific feature of Windows 10, be sure and do a little research to make sure that feature is included in the version before you purchase it.
The Microsoft website is usually the best place to get that documentation.
Martin first reviews the various editions of both the desktop and mobile versions of Windows 10. This section covers the special features included with the Enterprise edition, and the hardware requirements for some of the new Windows 10 features. Martin also explains installing and updating drivers and configuring and optimizing the OS, including system properties and power options. Then it's a deep dive into Group Policy, including working with local groups, configuring preferences, and troubleshooting Group Policy. Martin also looks at Windows security—authentication and encryption—as well as the boot process, and concludes the course with a brief look at virtualization, networking, and backup and recovery.
- Understanding the different versions of Windows 10
- Installing and updating drivers
- Administering multitasking
- Working with Windows Group Policy
- Adding domain users and accounts to a Windows 10 PC
- Administering BitLocker and EFS
- Understanding the boot process
- Installing Client Hyper-V for Windows virtualization
- Managing Windows Firewall
- Backing up and restoring Windows 10
- Troubleshooting Windows 10