The 7 Flavors of Windows 10

By Andy Rathbone

Wondering which version of Windows 10 is right for you? Most people don’t realize there are different versions of Windows 10 for individuals, businesses, and even for groups of students. Using our chart, find the right version of Windows 10 for you.

Microsoft offers seven versions of Windows 10, but you’ll probably only want one: the aptly titled “Home” version. Small businesses will choose Windows 10 Pro, and larger businesses will want Windows 10 Enterprise.

To clear up the confusion, here are all seven versions Microsoft offers:

Here are some guidelines for choosing the version you need:

  • If you’ll be using your PC at home or small business, pick up Windows Consumer.

  • If you need to connect to a domain through a work network — and you’ll know if you’re doing it — you want Windows Pro.

  • If you’re a computer tech who works for businesses, go ahead and argue with your boss over whether you need Windows Pro or Windows Enterprise. The boss will make the decision based on whether it’s a small company (Windows Pro) or a large company (Windows Enterprise).

Now that you’re familiar with the different types of Windows and the customers they serve, you can make an informed decision about which one is right for you or your business.