What's new in Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2021?
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What's new in Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2021?

3 min

Windows 10 Enterprise 2021 is the latest version of the Windows 10 Enterprise edition. The edition 2021 was released in May 2021 and is available both as an upgrade for existing Windows 10 Enterprise users and as a standalone product. Further in this article you can find Windows 10 Enterprise 2021’s features, improvements and the difference to the 2019 edition.

What is Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC?

The Windows Long Term Service Channel is a version of Windows that is updated far less often than the general consumer version of Windows. The software is designed specifically for organizations with large and complex computing environments. The idea behind Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC is to maintain feature stability on fixed-function devices.

Windows 10 Enterprise 2019 vs. 2021

Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2021 has a 5-year life cycle. Thus, the LTSC 2021 version could not be considered as a direct replacement for LTSC 2019, which has a 10-year life cycle.

Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2021 builds on Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2019 by adding premium features such as advanced protection against modern security threats and comprehensive device management, application management, and control capabilities. Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2021 also includes the cumulative enhancements provided in Windows 10 versions 1903, 1909, 2004, 21H1, and 21H2.

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Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2021: Improvements

System Guard

This feature is essentially an enhanced SMM Firmware Protection, which is built on top of the secure release of System Guard. It is designed to "reduce the firmware attack surface". Windows Defender "enables an even higher level of System Management Mode (SMM) firmware protection" to detect a higher level of SMM compliance.

Windows Security app

The Windows Security app includes features for history protection and Controlled Folder Access blocks. The actions from the Windows Defender Offline Scanning tool are also included here.

Bitlocker and Mobile Device Management (MDM) with Azure Active Directory

Now you can benefit from better protection against accidental password declassification. This is facilitated through the innovative feature that securely rotates recovery passwords on MDM-managed devices.

Windows Defender Firewall

The Windows Defender Firewall reduces the risk of a device's attack with the help of rules that regulate the device’s traffic. The rules make use of properties such as IP addresses, ports, or program paths. This means that you as an administrator can adapt the advanced security settings by allowing and denying lists of URLs and IP addresses.

More about the improved security can bee seen in the improved Windows Defender Firewall event logs, the easier analysis and debudding and the integration of IPsec into the Packet Monitor. What is more, the use of IPsec (Integrated Internet Protocol Security) enforces the authenticated end-to-end network communications. With Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2021 you also get support for Windows for Linux Subsystem (WSL). Overall, the protection of this Next-generation protection: extended to protect against ransomware, credential misuse, and removable storage attacks.

Tamper-proof capabilities

Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2021 has a virtualization-based security that isolates Microsoft Defender for endpoint security from OS and potential attackers.

Surge protection

Your devices will be automatically updated with "new intelligence" when outbreaks are detected. Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2021 also has improved support for non-ASCII file paths, supports geolocation of sample data and Windows Sandbox.

Microsoft Defender Application Guard enhancements

With the newest edition of Windows 10 Enterprise, you now have the ability to change Windows Defender Application Guard settings without having to change the registry key settings. Additionally, you can navigate back to your default browser from the Application Guard Microsoft Edge. The Application Guard comes as an extension for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. It also supports Microsoft Office.

Reserved Storage

Reserved storage is the disk space to be used by system updates, applications, temporary files and caches. It improves the day-to-day operation of your computer by ensuring that essential operating system functions always have access to disk space.


Although Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2021 has a reduced support time compared to its previous version, many updates, especially in terms of security, have been released. By doing so, Microsoft has made this new system more robust and secure. Moreover, with this new edition, you can benefit from an updated environment and a more stable and reliable operating system. With Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2021 you can make a better and more efficient use of the available features and functions.

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