Windows 10 Pro N does not contain any multimedia apps that come with Windows 10 Pro. Example, Music, Video, TV, Voice Recorder and Skype.
Windows 10 Pro N has released for the European region where the consumers get equal opportunity to download and use their required multimedia apps according to their choice.
The EU court had a strong claim against Microsoft that they are forcing windows users to use Microsoft apps by providing built-in apps that have many other alternatives in the market. In other words, the EU court found that Microsoft was doing a monopoly business by providing some built-in apps through which the company was taking some extra advantage for beating the other apps vendors.
To solve this issue and recover the EU market Microsoft released another version of Windows 10 Pro which is very similar to existing Pro edition but all other multimedia apps and skype is not available with that. And it is the “N” edition of Windows 10.
But don’t worry, the “N” users have the option to download the missing Microsoft apps using the Microsoft Store app
- 1 Windows 10 Pro vs Pro N: Review
- 2 Windows 10 Pro “N” Edition Explained
- 3 Features Affected By Removing Media Technology In N Editions
- 4 How To Restore Missing Features In Windows 10 Pro N Editions
Windows 10 Pro vs Pro N: Review
The 12 editions of Windows 10 are provided by Microsoft with different feature sets, use cases, or intended devices. You can hardly tell which edition is better unless you have special needs. I found people are wondering what the differences are between some editions, Windows 10 Pro vs Pro N, for instance, so I’d like to talk about it.
Windows 10 Pro license vs Windows 10 Pro N
Have recently built a couple of servers with Windows 10 pro and wanted to try Windows 10 pro N to see how it differs. I have however discovered that a normal Windows 10 pro license doesn’t work with Windows 10 Pro N.
Is there any way I can make this work? Or anywhere I can get just the Activation code for Pro N?
About Windows 10 Pro
Windows 10 now is the most popular operating system (OS) of Microsoft Windows. More and more users chose to update their OS to Windows 10 from previous version due to multiple reasons, like end of support. Windows 10 Pro seems to be the most popular one among the twelve editions provided by Microsoft.
Why Windows 10 Pro is welcomed?
The Windows 10 Pro edition includes all the features you can find in Windows 10 Home. Besides, it also has advanced features don’t include in Home: Remote Desktop, Windows Information Protection*, BitLocker**, and some other tools designed for business use.
There are some highlights in Windows 10 Pro.
One: simple and flexible management.
The management of your device, identity, and application has been simplified for more efficient business.
- Frictionless management & seamless work
- Easy control over mobile devices and PCs
- Simultaneous management on multiple devices
Two: strengthened protection.
Microsoft does more in Pro to protect your business information, personal identities, and equipment.
- Simple & secure multifactor authentication is provided.
- Windows Defender System Guard is used for preventing startup attacks.
- Windows Information Protection (WIP) is used for avoiding accidental data loss.
- Hard encryption is offered: BitLocker & BitLocker to Go (for external devices).
Windows 10 Pro “N” Edition Explained
Windows 10 Pro N edition (and other “N” editions of Windows 10) are special editions introduced by Microsoft to meet European Commission’s anti-competitive law introduced in 2004.
These “N” editions of Windows 10 features the same functionalities as the non-“N” editions with some exceptions. Spherically, if you have Windows 10 Pro N edition, your version of Windows 10 will not come with some pre-installed media-related apps.
Furthermore, the “N” editions do not include Windows Skype, Media Player, and other media-trelated preinstalled apps.n this Itechguide I will explain all the features not included in Windows 10 Pro N edition (and other “N” editions of Windows 10). Most importantly, I will show you how to get these “missing” apps.
If you use any of the “N” editions, the following apps will not be pre-installed.If you need to use any of the apps in this list, I have included how you can get these individual apps. However, if you want all the default Windows 10 features, see the last section of this guide.
Shocking, right? Yes, Skype is not pre-installed in any of the Windows 10 N editions. However, if you want to use Skype, you can access web.skype.com on a browser.
Another option to get Skype is to install it from the Microsoft Store. Search for and open Microsoft Store. Then, on the top right of the Microsoft Store, search for Skype and install it.
Windows Media Player
Another app not pre-installed in Windows 10 Pro N is Windows Media Player. The implication is that the following are not available:
- You will not be able to play media files
- Multimedia playback from a webpage or an app will not be possible
- Sharing of music, pictures, and videos on a computer over the network will not be available
I expand more on these features in the next section.
Groove Music is an app pre-installed in the standard Windows 10. This app is used to play digital music. Unfortunately, because the Groove Music app is not pre-installed in Windows 10 Pro N edition, you will not be able to use this app
However, you can install the Groove Music app from the Microsoft Store.
To install Groove Music from the Microsoft Store, search for and open Microsoft Store app. Then, search Grove music, open the app, and install it.
Movies & TV App
While Groove Music plays digital music, the Movies & TV app is used to play digital video. This app is also not pre-installed in any Windows 10 “N” editions, including Windows 10 Pro N edition.
Fortunately, like the last 3 apps already discussed, you can install this app from the Windows Store app.
Voice Recorder App
The Voice Recorder App is also missing from all “N” editions. The implication is that, if you use Windows 10 Pro N edition, you will not be able to record voice and sounds.
However, you can install the app from the Windows Store app.
Features Affected By Removing Media Technology In N Editions
I have already hinted that some features that rely in media technology may not work properly in the “N” editions of Windows 10.
This section lists and explains all the features and functionalities that will not work in Windows 10 Pro N.
Cortana, Windows Hello, And PDF Viewing On Edge
Unfortunately, these new features of Windows 10 will not work on Windows 10 Pro N edition.
According to Microsoft these features “rely on Windows Media files that aren’t included in N editions”. The implication is that you will not be able to perform a voice search with Cortana, Microsoft’s voice assistant.
Moreover, you will not be able to use the new security features offered by Windows Hello. Also, viewing PDF in the new Microsoft Edge will not be possible.
Some Windows Store Apps And Microsoft Office
Some Windows Store apps and Microsoft Office may not work. These apps rely on Media-related files that are not included in “N” editions of Windows 10.
Furthermore, some websites that depend on Media-related files not included in “N” editions may not work ask well.
If you find that some websites are not working well, or that some of the mentioned apps are not working, you can follow the steps in the last section of this guide to fix it.
Other Features Not Available In Windows 10 Pro N Edition
Apart from the features I already discussed above, there is a long list of features affected by the removal of media technology in Windows 10 Pro N edition.
If you use the “N” edition of Windows 10, the following feature will not work:
- Alarms sounds will not play.
- Wireless Display will not work
- Webcam will not work
- Some functionalities associated with the Xbox app, such as Game DVR will not work
- App Sync will not work
- OneDrive and Photos will not play videos
- If you use the “Reset this PC” feature to reset a Windows 10 Pro N edition, you will need to reinstall Media Restore Package – if this was installed before the reset
- Windows 10 camera devices that use picture transfer protocol (PTP) will not work
How To Restore Missing Features In Windows 10 Pro N Editions
If you need to install all the missing media apps in Windows 10 Pro N edition, follow the steps below:
- Open the Media Feature Pack for N editions link.
- Then, scroll to the bottom of the page and click Download the Media Feature Pack update package now. The link will open in a new browser tab.
- Scroll down to the Media Feature Pack for N versions of Windows 10 section and Download.
- Then, on the Choose the download you want, check the checkbox beside your version of Windows 10. When you finish making your selection, on the bottom right of the screen, click Next.
If your Windows 10 is x86, check the KB3133719-x86.msu.msu. However, if you have x64 check KB3133719-x64.msu.msu. In any case, if you are not sure of the file to download, download both – then, try installing them one after the other. If you try installing the wrong version, it will give you an error – then, you can try the next file.
- Finally, when the file downloads, double-click it – then, follow the steps to complete the installation. Your P may restart during the installation.
When you finish the installation and restart your PC, all the missing media-related apps will be installed – and Windows 10 Pro N should now work like the standard Windows 10 PC.
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