We answer: What is Windows 10 N version and how to use it?

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Windows 10 is Microsoft’s latest OS version. The OS itself has 11 editions and each version brings different sets of features. Windows 10 Home is designed for PCs, tablets and 2-in-1 PCs, Windows 10 Pro is dedicated to business usage, Windows 10 Education offers a series of unique features designed for use in schools, and so on.

Perhaps one of the least known versions of the OS is Windows 10 N. In this article, we’re going to explain to you what Windows 10 N is and how to use it.

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Windows 10 N Edition

Long story short, the Windows 10 N OS comes without a built-in media player. Back in 2004, the European Commission fined Microsoft for anti-competitive practices. The Commission argued that Microsoft’s bundling of Windows Media Player within the Windows OS was actually anti-competitive. As a result, we now have the Windows 10 N Editions with no built-in media player.

There are also many functionalities that aren’t available in the Windows 10 N Editions. Users can’t play or create audio CDs, digital media files, organize content in a media library, create playlists and so on. Of course, it’s possible to add the missing functionality by installing third-party apps, such as the Media Feature Pack, Groove Music, and others.

Speaking of different Windows versions, Microsoft also developed Windows 10 KN and Windows SLP. Windows 10 KN is available to customers in South Korea, does not include Media Play back capabilities, but can be downloaded separately. Windows 10 SL is the single language variant of the OS. In other words, it comes with support for one language only, which is usually English, but users can download more languages from Microsoft’s website.

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