Windows 10 LTSC – Why you might want to use it
You may know there are many variant of Windows 10. For now, we will be talking about the variant that many people still doesn’t know about, Windows 10 LTSC. As for it’s name, Windows 10 LTSC (Long-Term Servicing Channel) is a specifically operating system variant made by Microsoft for mission critical devices that don’t need change for a long period of time. According to Microsoft, The Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) is designed for Windows 10 devices and use cases where the key requirement is that functionality and features don’t change over time. Examples include medical systems (such as those used for MRI and CAT scans), industrial process controllers, and air traffic control devices.
So, what made this operating system special? Why did I made a post for this? Well, the reason is apart for it’s intended purpose, some people may find this operating system appealing for their use cases. The reason is that unlike regular Windows 10 home and pro, Windows 10 LTSC doesn’t have bloats that regular Windows 10 normally have. For example, it doesn’t have Windows Store, Microsoft Edge, Cortana, and all the built-in advertisement crap on the start menu (look at you, candy crush).
That feature might sound interesting, and indeed it is. If you remember, Windows 10 LTSC would be perfect OS for someone who wants modern Operating Systems and simplicity that the-once-great Windows 7 have. On top of that, you don’t have to deal with any crap childish looking a Windows 10 normally have.
You may ask? If Windows 10 LTSC so great, is there any catch? The answer is yes, there are some catch to consider if you decide you may want to try this operating system. First is the hardware (or as Microsoft said, silicon support), that means if you are installing Windows 10 LTSC, you can only install on a CPU produced in 2019 and below, no newer CPU. If you are installing Windows 10 LTSB, it is only compatible to all CPU up to 2016, no newer CPU allowed. And with that, I also add that this might come to either advantage or disadvantage to some people, that is, LTSC feature update release schedule. Microsoft typically release feature update to LTSC branch every 3 year, and if you don’t want to upgrade, your version will be supported for 10 years. That means if you are using Windows 10 LTSB 2016, it will be supported until 2026, if you are recently installing Windows 10 LTSC, it will be supported until 2029. The next version of Windows 10 LTSC will be released on 2022.
The next problem for LTSC is not only it will be not supported on Microsoft Surface devices, you will all can’t install office 365 in it. Full stop, I don’t say office 365 is not supported, what i said is you CAN’T install any subscription based software made by Microsoft. So the only way to install office suite is to install the regular Microsoft Office 2019 or 2016.
The last problem, and this problem is the actual problem that prevents nearly everyone for using this operating system, is licensing issue. It is so hard to get the legit and valid license. The only official way, is that you have Windows enterprise license installed on 5 or more different PCs, than Microsoft will open doors for you to negotiate the license for Windows 10 LTSC. I said negotiate because everyone / every company will get different price and quotes regarding this operating system, and no, there are no fix price tag for it. You may try different method, but as always, the official recommendation is please don’t pirate it in any way, that’s all.
There you have it. The simplicity Windows 7, but the modern feature of Windows 10. If you have any question about Windows 10 LTSC, or have any comment / critics of this article. Just comment on the box below. I will read and answer as my best knowledge allowed it.