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Windows 10 Pro Vs Windows 10 IoT

Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 IoT Enterprise are common business software solutions. Today, Microsoft Windows accounts for almost one-third of the operating systems in the world (See OS Market Share Data).

Windows 10 was released in 2015 and is the latest version of Windows. Before Win 10, there was Windows 8 and 7, which are still in use today, although Windows 7 is now End of Life (read our article about Windows 7 EOL). Before those, there was Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, all the way down to the first version of Windows, which was released in 1985. 

Since then, Microsoft has tailored its different versions of Windows towards different types of users. This article will look at Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 IoT, which are the most commonly used operating systems by Teguar customers and the Industrial market overall.

About Win 10 Pro

Windows 10 Pro, like Windows 10 Home, receives automatic updates from Microsoft. This means you’ll never miss a bug patch or security enhancement. Win 10 Pro is for general use. It comes pre-installed with commonly used apps and it’s the better choice if you’re using the computer for multiple purposes, like data entry in the field and communication with the back office.

Win 10 Pro is a bit more expensive than Win 10 IoT, because it’s a more adaptable operating system. It’s designed to be applicable to lots of different scenerios, with only light or no customizations needed. Win 10 IoT Enterprise is for specific, dedicated applications, where an automatic update could cause serious interruptions in your workflow. Win 10 IoT is built for IT professionals, whereas Win 10 Pro can be more easily used and managed by your whole staff. If you need re-imaging or to re-install the OS with no license headache, Windows 10 Pro is probably better for you.  Licensing on Windows 10 Pro is straightforward as there is a 25 character product key that can be typed in to re-activate the hardware after any re-install.

About Win 10 IoT

First, know that Windows 10 IoT goes by several names: Windows 10 Enterprise, Windows 10 IoT Enterprise, and Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC (Long Term Service Channel, formerly called LTSB – Long Term Service Branch, which is the same as LTSC).

Microsoft describes the purpose of Win 10 IoT as the following:

“Windows 10 Enterprise addresses the needs of large and midsize organizations—providing IT professionals with comprehensive device and app management.”

Comprehensive device management is one of the main advantages of Win 10 Enterprise. You can set up the computer to boot into your dedicated application and you control updates. In IoT applications, like digital signage, manufacturing automation, medical devices, and M2M (machine to machine) communication, an automatic update could be detrimental to your operation. With Windows 10 IoT, you can decide to delay updates, install them as in-place upgrades or even skip updates all together.  

Another unique feature to Windows 10 IoT Enterprise is Unified Write Filter (UWF). This protects the data on SSDs in the case of a hard power off  It is a little complicated to setup, but it works well for customers who need stable process with no concern for image corruption. (Learn more about UWF)

Windows 10 IoT Vs Windows 10 Pro

Windows 10 ProWindows 10 IoT Enterprise
General purpose applications such as personal computers      Dedicated applications such as embedded systems
Shorter lifecycle (2-3 years, then forced upgrade)Longer lifecycle (10+ years)
Shorter support time (18-30 months)Longer support time (10 years)
More ExpensiveLess Expensive
Automatic updatesUser controls updates
Unique product keys per deviceHas only one product key

If you’re not sure which operating system you need, our sales representatives can talk to you about your project, make a recommendation, and you test the computer for yourself by requesting a demo.

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