The following is triggered by an interesting private message I received and because, in the case of Windows 10, I don't know the actual answer.
The editions (for lack of a better term, you can't use versions due to the version number changing with each major update) I am aware of are Education, Enterprise, Pro, Home, and S.
Education and Enterprise are envisioned for use by large organizations with dedicated IT departments where large networks of computers will be managed by IT professionals and allow tight control over when updates will be applied and what updates will be applied. I would presume that an individual would be able to buy a license for either, but because of how they are envisioned as being used it would be cost prohibitive to do so.
Pro and Home automatically update as part of their normal operation and this cannot be stopped via controls that are a built in component of Windows 10 in these editions. Thus, they're subject to update as update cohorts are created for roll out as part of their standard operation.
What little I know of S makes it seem pretty much cloud based except for the core components. The best analog that I can think of is Chrome OS.
However, Windows in all prior iterations has always had specialty editions for specific applications where updating is either not wanted or desired, with the exception of patches to security holes if the application involves a connection to a network that is not completely disconnected from "the outside world of the internet." I'm currently helping to get a local theater's POS terminals updated to Windows 7 POS as it's the latest version that will work with the software that will be used on top of it.
What are the editions of Windows 10 that are available for these niche operations like POS terminals, medical equipment, and the like? They must exist but it's something I virtually never touch (this POS job is the first I've dealt with Windows 7 POS and I've been in the tech support business for decades now) and know nothing about. Someone must and I'd like to know about them and what the differences are from the more mainstream editions of Windows 10.
Edited by britechguy, 25 August 2017 - 04:48 PM.