What are the differences between Win 11 IoT Enterprise 2024 LTSC and Win 10 IoT ENT LTSC?


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On 1st June 2024, Windows 11 IoT Enterprise 2024 LTSC hit our systems. So, what are the differences between this and its predecessor, Win 10 IoT Enterprise LTSC?

Firstly, let’s confirm what Windows 11 IoT Enterprise LTSC actually is. We know that Windows 11 launched in October 2021. The Enterprise edition is designed for large-scale businesses and includes enhanced security such as Device Guard to lock down devices, secure intranet connectivity, and domain-based credential protection. The IoT version has a longer lifecycle support and maintains the ability to run on Windows 10 where needed, with lower minimum system requirements. The LTSC (Long Term Servicing Channel) release, which is available along with Windows Enterprise or Windows IoT Enterprise, is built for additional stability and consistency. LTSC editions are released every three years and have lifecycle support of 10 years, so the 2024 release is the first to run on Windows 11.

Read more about the general changes between Windows 10 and Windows 11 in our insight.

Key differences between Win 11 and Win 10 versions of IoT Ent LTSC

Windows 11 IoT Ent. 2024 LTSCWindows 10 IoT Ent. LTSC
Minimum requirements
Has higher hardware requirements compared to Windows 10, necessitating more modern hardware for installation and optimal performance: 1 GHz plus at least 2 cores CPU 2 GB memory 16 GB storage Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 Direct X10+ graphicsCompatible with a broader range of older hardware, making it more accessible for devices with lower specifications: 1 GHz X64 / Arm64 CPU 2 GB memory 16 GB storage UEFI Firmware Direct X9+ graphics
User Interface Enhancements
Features a modernised user interface with a redesigned Start Menu, Taskbar, and Action Centre for improved usability and aesthetics.Maintains the more traditional Windows 10 interface, which is less visually refined compared to Windows 11.
Security Improvements
Offers enhanced security features including advanced threat protection, improved encryption, and hardware-based isolation technologies to safeguard data and devices.While still secure, it lacks some of the advanced security features and enhancements present in the Windows 11 version.
Productivity Tools
Includes the latest version of Microsoft Edge with Internet Explorer removed, but it has a compatibility mode for sites that require IE.Typically includes Internet Explorer along with an earlier version of Microsoft Edge, without the advanced features and integrations found in the Windows 11 version.
Device Management
Integrates all feature updates from previous releases and offers a comprehensive management perspective with tools like Intune, controlled Windows Update notifications, and Passkey.Provides device management features but may lack some of the advanced management capabilities and integrations found in Windows 11.
Long-Term Support
Both offer extended support with security updates for up to 10 years, ensuring stability and reliability for critical systems.
Restricted User Experience
The feature formerly known as Multi-App Kiosk Mode allows OEMs and system admins to curate user experiences, limiting access to only necessary functions and reducing potential security threats.Also offers a similar kiosk mode but may not have the same level of customisation and control found in Windows 11.

Do you need a Pro edition?

Windows 11 Pro is designed for individual users rather than large-scale businesses. It might be the right choice for single-system set-ups rather than the IoT Ent 2024 LTSC edition. Windows Pro allows users to remote into it, while the standard Windows Home edition can’t host a remote session, and doesn’t support Hyper-V or Windows Sandbox.

The Pro version comes with more security than the standard version, including BitLocker encryption and Windows Information Protection (WIP) which can be used to prevent users forwarding information outside your company. Features exclusive to Windows 11 Pro include Mobile Device Management, Windows update for Business, Enterprise State Roaming and Assigned Access.

Windows 11 Pro also addresses some of the restraints over the upper limits on storage and cores of the Windows Home edition, offering higher thresholds and therefore the option for more storage and even faster processing.

Want to know more about upgrading your system for added security and usability? Contact our experts to see if and when upgrading might be right for you.

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