Should you install Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC on your PC? Here’s what to consider before installing

Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC (Long Term Service Channel) is designed for devices whose primary requirement is that functionality and features do not change over time. These devices include ATMs, Point of Sale (POS) machines, other automation systems, and Internet of Things systems.

Things to consider before installing

Wondering how to get Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC? Before we consider all the benefits a Windows 10 bloatware-free PC from Microsoft can give you, there are a few caveats:

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1. Unless you already have a valid Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC product key, you must purchase one from Microsoft to validate your installation.

2. There are no pre-installed apps included in this version of Windows 10 LTSC. There’s no Cortana, OneDrive, and no Windows updates, but you can also skip non-essential features like the News & Interests tab that Microsoft added last year.

3. The version of Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC you are installing is the one you are still stuck with. You’ll always get the latest Windows 10 security updates and bug fixes, so security won’t be an issue. Windows 10 LTSC versions released after 2021 only get 5 years of security update support, compared to 10 years for other versions.

4. Windows 10 LTSC works well on everyday PCs as long as you are okay with not getting the latest features. You can still connect to the Internet, install third-party apps, and play PC games, but it may take some extra work to get some apps and games working properly on your version of Windows.

5. You will need to install alternative applications to make up for the lack of Media Player, Microsoft 365, Edge, etc. Windows 10 LTSC also does not include the Microsoft Store app, but it can be downloaded and installed if desired. You may also need to manually update your device drivers in some cases.

Should I install Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC?

A recent Reddit post details the benefits of Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC, a version of Windows 10 that ships without ads, bloatware, and spyware. LTSC stands for “Long Term Service Channel” and you may see it elsewhere under its previous name, LTSB, or “Long Term Service Branch”. LTSC is a lightweight version of Windows 10 Enterprise.

Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2019

Whether or not you have standard Windows consumer features depends on the edition of Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC you are installing. But the missing Windows features will free up additional hard drive space and system resources to help your PC run more efficiently.

If you decide to take the side of caution and install this version of Windows anyway, remember that once LTSC is installed, you cannot upgrade to a non-LTSC version.

If you want to try out Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC for yourself, you will need to install the Windows 10 ISO file.

Here’s what to do:

1. Go to the Microsoft Evaluation Center.
2. Click on the 64-bit or 32-bit version of LTSC that you want to install to start downloading the ISO file.
3. Once the download is complete, you will need to create a Windows 10 bootable USB to install the LTSC ISO on your computer.

Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC

After the 90-day trial expires, you will need to reinstall another operating system. At this point, you can either reinstall Windows 10 or 11 or wait for a 90-day trial period. After two weeks, your computer will not boot into Windows and you will need to do a clean install of Windows 10.

Make an informed decision about LTSC

Before you get too excited, it’s important to point out the downsides to installing this version of Windows on your everyday PC. If you already have a Windows 11 Pro product key, congratulations, you can upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC. If you have Windows Home, you will need to upgrade to a Pro license firstBefore you can upgrade to Windows 10 LTSC.

Microsoft provides a solid explanation of what Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC is and when to use it and presents some of the main disadvantages of LTSC:

1. Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC has a separate and more expensive license fee from the normal service channel. Windows 10 Enterprise is a volume licensing client available only to organizations with a Microsoft Enterprise agreement (organizations with 500 or more users or devices).

LTSC is not available as a single license and must be purchased for at least 5 or more devices. There is a really helpful video of Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2019 that estimates the cost of a LTSC license to be around $350 in 2019.

The best price I could find was around $420 for a Windows 10 Enterprise license.

2. LTSC does not keep pace with new hardware releases, features or security improvements. LTSC may not support new devices either, since driver support models do not change after the LTSC version you publish. For example, Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus is not supported on LTSC.

3. Your favorite Xbox apps and games may not work Or, LTSC versions of Windows may not support, so your favorite Xbox apps, games, and features, if at all, may not work properly. Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC N edition does not include the gaming and media-related features of the friendliest Windows 10 on the service channel.

conclusion

Some have successfully installed Windows 10 LTSC. Chris Titus Tech has a helpful video detailing the strict licensing requirements and providing step-by-step instructions on installing Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2019 on your PC.

If you still want to install this version of Windows on your system, Microsoft has a comprehensive Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC documentation available.

Are you on Windows 11? You can download Windows 11 Enterprise LTSC via 64-bit ISO file. Once you download the ISO file, you can create a Windows 11 bootable USB drive to install it on your computer.

But if you cannot get the required Microsoft licenses to run LTSC, you will face the same dilemma. At the end of the 90-day trial period, your computer will not turn on, you will no longer be able to continue using LTSC, and you will need to purchase a new license key to reinstall Windows 10.

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