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что это и почему эта сборка более надежная, чем Windows 10 Pro?

Один из основных недостатков Windows 10 Pro или Home – большое количество встроенного софта, такого как Магазин, Почта и даже Cortana. Они мешают пользователю при работе и отбирают ресурсы компьютера. Избавиться от них можно, установив версию ОС Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB. Что это за версия узнайте в статье ниже.

Что собой представляет сборка?

Версия Enterprise LTSB (Long Term Servicing Branch – «Ветка с длительным сроком обслуживания») отличается от классической сборки тем, что в ней удалены ненужные стандартные программы, которые ОС устанавливает по умолчанию. Так как сборка построена на базе Windows 10 Enterprise (что предназначена для малого и среднего бизнеса), то в официальных магазинах и у ритейлеров обычные пользователи не смогут ее приобрести.

Преимущества

  1. В этой ОС на компьютер скачиваются только стабильные версии обновлений безопасности и исправления, проверенные при использовании на стандартных сборках Windows 10. Также пользователь сам управляет установкой обновлений и может, при необходимости, отключить функции телеметрии и сбора пользовательских данных, которые так не нравятся юзерам.
  2. В Enterprise LTSB отсутствует ненужный стандартный софт, в том числе браузер Edge, приложение Магазин и голосовой помощник Cortana. Вместо них пользователю доступны классические утилиты, такие как: Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player и другие. Но наравне с Панелью управления используется приложение Параметры.
  3. Сборка Enterprise LTSB подходит тем, кто не пользовался «восьмеркой» и не привык к ее интерфейсу, но желает получить функции «десятки» с минимальными изменениями во внешнем виде и функционале. Но если вам не понравилось ее использовать, узнайте как откатить Windows 10 до точки восстановления или вернуться на предыдущую версию?

Кому она доступна?

Сборка LTSB это ветка Windows 10 Enterprise. Чтобы скачать версию Enterprise перейдите на официальный сайт Microsoft TechNet Evaluation Center. Здесь нужно войти в систему и зарегистрироваться, указав некоторые данные. После этого появится ссылка для загрузки. Когда ОС установится, переключитесь на редакцию LTSB. Сейчас она доступна каждому желающему. Бесплатный пробный период действует на протяжении 90 дней.

Мнения пользователей

Юзеры, которые установили на компьютер сборку Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB, отмечают, что она действительно является ОС без излишеств, которые захламляют компьютер ненужным софтом и приложениями. Но те, кто не является профессиональным пользователем, подчеркнули, что между ней и версией Home нет существенной разницы, особенно в российском регионе.

Вывод

Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB подходит тем, кто хочет использовать стабильно работающую ОС без лишних стандартных приложений и программ. Но она не распространяется в массовой продаже.

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Что лучше Enterprise или Professional Windows 10: выбираем операционную систему

Данная статья посвящена самому значимому для любого пользователя программному продукту. Не важно, кто вы по профессии или чем вы увлекаетесь. Важно то, что дома у вас есть компьютер, ноутбук или планшет, на котором установлена операционная система от компании Microsoft.

Сегодня любой пользователь может при желании познакомиться с новой версией операционной системы Windows. Операционная система является главной частью персонального компьютера. Она управляет всеми устройствами и приложениями. От того, насколько правильно будет выбрана операционная система, будет зависеть удобство использования персонального компьютера.Редакции операционной системы Windows 10

Восьмое поколение операционной системы Windows не устраивало многих пользователей из-за своего функционала и интерфейса. Недостатком данной системы считался тот факт, что кнопку «Пуск» решили убрать. Это делало неудобным использование пускового меню. Пришла пора перейти сразу на десятое поколение операционной системы Windows. Сегодня существует семь редакций системы Windows нового поколения. Это профессиональная, домашняя, корпоративная, мобильная, корпоративно-мобильная, аудиторная и серверная версии.

Enterprise или Professional Windows 10: что лучше?

Именно этим вопросом задавались многие пользователи в то время, когда популярностью пользовалась седьмая версия. Какую версию выбрать: домашнюю, профессиональную или полную? Именно эти три редакции операционной системы пользовались наибольшей популярностью.

Что следует знать при установке операционной системы

Совершенно не важно, какую операционную систему вы выберите, Windows 10 Enterprise или Professional. Для любой из них потребуется место на жестком диске. Его нужно подготовить заранее. Примерный объем свободного пространства на жестком диске должен составлять 20 Гб. Если систему вы скачиваете со сторонних сайтов, то пространство стоит увеличить до 30720 Мб. Лучше всего обновлять систему. Что в данном случае лучше Enterprise или Professional Windows 10?

При установке программ от Microsoft, т.е. при автоматическом обновлении, данный вопрос решается сам собой. При пользовательской установке без использования программ обновления самым разумным вариантом будет сохранить важные файлы на съемный носитель или переместить в тот раздел, который система не затрагивает. Так вы сможете сохранить важную информацию со своего ПК.

Настройка ОС без особых требований к оперативной памяти

Американские пользователи ценят частную жизнь. В компании Microsoft данный вопрос учли при разработке новой ОС. В параметры операционной системы был введен ряд опций, которые помогают отключать системы, определяющие местоположения пользователя. Если отключить этот «шпионский» функционал, можно дополнительно разгрузить оперативную память компьютера. Загружаемые карты сильно снижают производительность ПК.

Какая ОС Windows лучше: Professional или Enterprise?

Лучше всего будет использовать профессиональную версию операционной системы Windows 10. Она будет прекрасным вариантом для домашнего использования. В чем же разница меду этими редакциями? Для домашнего использования больше подойдет профессиональная версия Windows 10. В отличие от домашней версии, она не урезана по функционалу. Корпоративная версия операционной системы рассчитана на работу в больших компаниях и предприятиях. Некоторые функции в данной версии ОС, например, «бизнес-магазин», рядовому пользователю особо не нужны.

Почему Professional лучше?

У новой операционной системы имеется множество усовершенствований и нововведений. Это качественно отличает ее от предшествующих операционных систем. Так что же лучше – Professional или Enterprise? В данном случае ответом будет Professional. Теперь разберемся с некоторыми особенностями данной операционной системы.

1. Континуум: так называют способность операционной системы соединять различные устройства в один рабочий процесс. Так, например, с помощью при помощи программы от Office вы сможете закрыть документ на компьютере, а открыть и продолжить работать с ним на планшете.

2. Пуск: разработчики прислушались к мнению пользователей и все-таки вернули кнопку «Пуск» в операционную систему. При открытии меню пуск вы сможете увидеть «плиточный» вариант иконок. Такая организация работы с устройством упрощает доступ к приложениям. Также вы можете просмотреть список недавно открытых приложений.

3. Встроенная система защиты. Принцип работы данной системы довольно прост, подробно расписывать его не стоит. Главное – что системе не требуется использование сторонней антивирусной программы. Она и так оперативно и самодостаточно реагирует на подозрительные файлы.

4. «Почтовый клиент»: разработчики компании Microsoft сделали специальную программу для работы с почтой. Теперь вы можете даже не запускать браузер.

5. DirectX 12: на данный момент Windows 10 является единственной операционной системой, которая сумела реализовать использование новых возможностей современных видеокарт. В будущем данная опция при полной ее реализации позволит значительно улучшить производительность в играх.

Заключение

Итак, какая же версия операционной системы Windows 10 лучше – Enterprise или Professional? Так как первая версия рассчитана на корпоративное использование, то профессиональная однозначно сможет лучше раскрыть свой потенциал в условиях домашнего использования. На деле же выбор версии операционной системы будет зависеть от того, при каких обстоятельствах вы собираетесь использовать персональный компьютер. В операционных системах, представленных в данной статье, имеются свои уникальные функциональные возможности. Они зависят исключительно от вас как от пользователя.

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Windows 10 Internet of Things (IoT) Core & Enterprise for Business

Moving data from the farm to the cloud

Studies have demonstrated that we need to double the world’s food production by 2050. Due to the limited amount of land and water resources, we need to expand our use of technology to get more from less. Technology adoption amongst farmers has been limited due to lack of power, internet connectivity, and technical know-how. Farmbeats, developed by Microsoft Research, uses Windows 10 IoT Core and Azure Cloud to create a secure data-driven method that determines how much water and fertilizer crops need, right down to the individual plant. With each farm that deploys the FarmBeats solution, we increase the possibility of reaching our 2050 food production goals.

Introducing the next-generation dining and retail customer experience

Today’s accelerated “on-the-go" economy requires speed and mobility. This is why Innowi designed ChecOut® M, the world’s first mobile, all-in-one point-of-sale (POS) / Payment device & platform. It’s ready to get the most from your Windows retail, hospitality, airline or specialised POS applications with the power of the Microsoft Azure Cloud. Built with Windows 10 IoT Enterprise, ChecOut M gives these leading verticals an edge to significantly change and enhance the customer experience and merchant profits. Innowi and Microsoft, working together to build smart, secure, sophisticated and simplified™ POS/Payment solutions.

Reinventing the thermostat

Heating and cooling account for roughly 48% of the energy use in a typical U.S. home, making it the largest energy expense for most families. In the commercial building sector, the cost is approximately 40%. Johnson Controls, one of the leading providers of HVAC, Fire and Security systems in the world, is changing how spaces are viewed and controlled. As the inventors of the first thermostat, Johnson Controls has innovated once again with GLAS. Utilising Windows 10 IoT Core, Cortana voice services, and Azure Cloud, GLAS is a simple to use, elegant thermostat that brings leading energy savings and air quality monitoring to everyday spaces. Johnson Controls and Microsoft, reinventing the thermostat and our lives.

Building an engaging and informative customer experience

Running a restaurant just became a whole lot easier. Thanks to Interactive Dining Table built by Kodisoft, restaurant owners have successfully saved costs, increased sales by approximately 32% in every check, and opened new avenues for advertising. Created by Kodisoft, the Interactive Dining Table is built on the secure and reliable Windows 10 IoT Core and Windows 10 IoT Enterprise, and is supported by the power of the Azure Cloud. Kodisoft and Microsoft, revolutionising restaurants.

Vision of a smart home

Statistics show that 40% of the food in America is thrown away because it has been stored for way beyond its shelf life. Now Liebherr has built a smart solution that help you to keep track of the contents of your fridge, create shopping lists and save you countless trips to the grocery shop. Working with Microsoft, Liebherr has launched the new generation SmartDeviceBox, whose powerful hardware and Windows 10 IoT Core operating system upgrades appliances and equips consumers for future digital scenarios. The SmartDeviceBox’s voice module will also be used to add food items to a shopping list. Liebherr has also leveraged Microsoft’s award-winning image analysis technologies, which helps to identify a high number of objects in images. Liebherr and Microsoft, building smart homes together and propelling us into the future of intelligent living.

Intelligent digital signage made easy

Digital signage shouldn’t have to be complicated or expensive. That’s the philosophy held by XOGO, a Microsoft partner that leverages the power of Windows IoT Core and the Azure Cloud to securely provide businesses of all sizes with an elegant digital signage solution that is easy to use and can be set up in minutes.

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Windows 10 Professional & Enterprise Roadmap

Ask Cortana for images (Anniversary Update)

Microsoft Edge, with its Ask Cortana feature, now supports right-clicking on images to get instant results without leaving the page. With Ask Cortana support on images, you can now use the power of Bing image search for any image on the web. Just right-click on an image in Microsoft Edge, select the option to “Ask Cortana" (or “Bing Lookup" if Cortana is not enabled), and you’ll see everything we know about that image.

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Microsoft Edge, with its Ask Cortana feature, now supports right-clicking on images to get instant results without leaving the page. With Ask Cortana support on images, you can now use the power of Bing image search for any image on the web. Just right-click on an image in Microsoft Edge, select the option to “Ask Cortana" (or “Bing Lookup" if Cortana is not enabled), and you’ll see everything we know about that image. You’ll get image dimensions, other sizes of that image, places to buy that product, recipes for food items, related images, related searches, and more.

Support for Cortana is only available in select markets.

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Cortana (Anniversary Update)

Cortana is your truly personal digital assistant who works across all your Windows 10 devices to help you get things done.* By learning more about you over time, Cortana becomes more useful every day. Cortana helps you be more productive by handling key tasks like sending emails, scheduling events, and using the power of Bing to quickly search your devices, the cloud, or the web.

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Cortana is your truly personal digital assistant who works across all your Windows 10 devices to help you get things done.* By learning more about you over time, Cortana becomes more useful every day. Cortana helps you be more productive by handling key tasks like sending emails, scheduling events, and using the power of Bing to quickly search your devices, the cloud, or the web. Cortana is also the best digital assistant at reminders, letting you set them in more ways including by pen, and [coming in July 2016] pulling reminder-relevant info from emails so you have the details at hand. And you can instantly capture your ideas by voice just by telling Cortana to take a note.**

*Cortana available in select markets. Experience may vary by region and device. Cortana app required for Android and iOS devices (requires Android version 4.1.2 or higher, or iPhone 4 with iOS 8.0 or higher).

**Hardware dependent.

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Windows Store for Business (Anniversary Update)

Windows Store for Business gives IT decision makers, purchasers and administrators a flexible way to find, acquire, manage, and distribute apps to Windows 10 devices*. Manage Windows Store apps and private line-of-business apps in one inventory, and assign and reuse licenses as needed. Choose the best distribution method for your organisation: directly assign apps to individuals and teams, publish apps to private pages in Windows Store, or connect with management solutions for more options.

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Windows Store for Business gives IT decision makers, purchasers and administrators a flexible way to find, acquire, manage, and distribute apps to Windows 10 devices*. Manage Windows Store apps and private line-of-business apps in one inventory, and assign and reuse licenses as needed. Choose the best distribution method for your organisation: directly assign apps to individuals and teams, publish apps to private pages in Windows Store, or connect with management solutions for more options.

*Available in select markets. Payment methods will be added over time.

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Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection: Enhanced Remediation

The Windows 10 Creators Update will deliver new remediation actions in Windows Defender ATP that will give IT administrators the tools to isolate machines, collect forensics, kill and clean running processes and quarantine or block files with a single click in the Windows Security Centre, and further reduce response time.

Learn more about WDATP

Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection: Enriched Intelligence

IT administrators will be enabled to feed their own intelligence into the Windows Security Centre for alerts on activities based on their own indicators of compromise. This added level of insight will enrich machine learning models to identify and block malware more quickly and better protect their unique environment.

Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection: Enriched Detection

Windows Defender ATP will expand sensors to detect threats that persist only in memory or kernel level exploits. This will enable IT administrators to monitor loaded drivers and in-memory activities, and to detect various patterns of injection, reflective loading, and in-memory modifications indicating potential kernel exploits.

In-place UEFI Conversion Tool

For those customers who have already provisioned modern Windows PCs that support UEFI but installed Windows 7 using legacy BIOS, converting a device to UEFI used to require an IT manager having to repartition the disc and reconfigure the firmware. This meant they would need to physically touch each device in their company. With the Windows 10 Creators Update, we will introduce a simple conversion tool that automates this previously manual work.

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For those customers who have already provisioned modern Windows PCs that support UEFI but installed Windows 7 using legacy BIOS, converting a device to UEFI used to require an IT manager having to repartition the disc and reconfigure the firmware. This meant they would need to physically touch each device in their company. With the Windows 10 Creators Update, we will introduce a simple conversion tool that automates this previously manual work. This conversion tool can be integrated with management tools such as System Center Configuration Manager as part of the Windows 7 to Windows 10 in-place upgrade process.

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Windows Analytics Update Compliance

Windows Upgrade Analytics was released to help users move to Windows 10 more quickly by analysing their environment to identify app compatibility, device and driver readiness. Windows Update Analytics will use the organisation’s own telemetry to provide new insights on the update process and anti-virus status of devices, to ensure compliance.

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Mobile Application Management

Protect data on personal devices without requiring the device to be enrolled in a Mobile Device Management solution. As employees increasingly use their own devices at work, we are providing IT with oversight to apply policies to the applications employees use to be productive. This helps keep corporate data more secure without taking on the added responsibility of managing employees’ personal devices.

Windows Trusted Boot (Anniversary Update)

Windows Trusted Boot used in combination with UEFI Secure Boot - a hardware standard developed by members of the PC industry - helps make sure that your PC starts securely and that only trusted software can run during startup. When the PC starts, the UEFI firmware checks the signature of each piece of boot software and the operating system, avoiding headaches caused by malware that can load before the operating system boot process has begun.

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Windows Trusted Boot used in combination with UEFI Secure Boot - a hardware standard developed by members of the PC industry - helps make sure that your PC starts securely and that only trusted software can run during startup. When the PC starts, the UEFI firmware checks the signature of each piece of boot software and the operating system, avoiding headaches caused by malware that can load before the operating system boot process has begun. Windows Trusted Boot then helps to ensure that all Windows boot components, drivers and compatible anti-malware solutions start with integrity.

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Credential Guard (Anniversary Update)

Windows Hello strengthens and protects user credentials, and Credential Guard takes the next step by protecting the user access tokens that are generated once your users have been authenticated. With these tokens, an attacker could access your resources by effectively impersonating a user’s identity.

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Windows Hello strengthens and protects user credentials, and Credential Guard takes the next step by protecting the user access tokens that are generated once your users have been authenticated. With these tokens, an attacker could access your resources by effectively impersonating a user’s identity. Credential Guard stores user access tokens within a virtualization-based security environment running on Hyper-V, away from the Windows 10 kernel. So even if a device is compromised, the credentials are not available to the attacker. This helps safeguard you from Pass-the-Hash and other advanced persistent attacks. Isolating security credentials from malware also helps prevent one infected machine from damaging others running in the same datacentre.

Credential Guard can be enabled using Group Policy, making it easy to administer using your existing management tools.

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Device Guard (Anniversary Update)

Device Guard on Windows 10 puts you in control of your environment - and a step ahead of malware - with rigorous access controls that help protect the Windows system core and prevent untrusted apps and executables from starting. With it, you can lock down devices, granting access only to apps from trusted sources.

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Device Guard on Windows 10 puts you in control of your environment - and a step ahead of malware - with rigorous access controls that help protect the Windows system core and prevent untrusted apps and executables from starting. With it, you can lock down devices, granting access only to apps from trusted sources. Device Guard uses hardware-based isolation and virtualization to protect itself and the Windows system core from vulnerability and zero-day exploits. Its Hyper-V Code Integrity Service feature enforces best practices for running drivers and other software at the highest level of privilege.

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Conditional Access (Anniversary Update)

In today’s BYOD environment, enterprises cannot assume that devices accessing their networks are malware-free. Windows 10 helps ensure that unhealthy devices can be identified and gated from business resources using a combination of the Windows Device Health Attestation cloud service and mobile device management systems such as Microsoft Intune.*

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In today’s BYOD environment, enterprises cannot assume that devices accessing their networks are malware-free. Windows 10 helps ensure that unhealthy devices can be identified and gated from business resources using a combination of the Windows Device Health Attestation cloud service and mobile device management systems such as Microsoft Intune.* Windows 10 uses the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) hardware built into newer PCs to monitor startup processes services and determine whether data is trustworthy. With Conditional Access, IT departments can detect and prevent low-level malware, and non-compliant devices can be denied access to specific applications such as email and Microsoft SharePoint sites or the entire corporate network.

*Microsoft Intune sold separately.

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BitLocker (Anniversary Update)

BitLocker, a leading disk encryption solution, helps protects data when a device is lost or stolen. BitLocker has been significantly enhanced for Windows 10, offering market-leading security and performance features, as well as robust features that make it easier to deploy, administer and monitor.

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BitLocker, a leading disk encryption solution, helps protects data when a device is lost or stolen. BitLocker has been significantly enhanced for Windows 10, offering market-leading security and performance features, as well as robust features that make it easier to deploy, administer and monitor. With Windows 10, the need for a PIN has been eliminated on most device types; the single sign-on experience maintains BitLocker’s strong performance, reliability and deployment benefits while still meeting security expectations.

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Windows Hello for Business (Anniversary Update)

Windows Hello is a next generation credential technology that can be used as a replacement for passwords. Unlike a password which represents single factor of authentication (e.g.: something you know) Windows Hello consists of two or more factors (something you know (PIN), have (device), or are (biometric identity)) plus a credential that is resistant to theft and phishing.

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Windows Hello is a next generation credential technology that can be used as a replacement for passwords. Unlike a password which represents single factor of authentication (e.g.: something you know) Windows Hello consists of two or more factors (something you know (PIN), have (device), or are (biometric identity)) plus a credential that is resistant to theft and phishing. Windows Hello is based on an industry standard from the FIDO Alliance making it a solution that will be interoperable on business networks, the web and cross platform.

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Windows Hello for Business support for AAD/AD Hybrid Environments (Anniversary Update)

Windows Hello is now enhanced so it can be used in enterprise environments that are using AAD/AD Hybrid configurations.

Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (Anniversary Update)

Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (WDATP) is a new service that will help enterprises detect, investigate and respond to advanced attacks on their networks.

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Windows Hello Companion Devices (Anniversary Update)

Windows Hello lets customers use approved companion devices such as wristbands, smart watches and phones etc. to quickly sign-in to their Windows 10 PC and authenticate to their business resources without using a password.

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Windows Hello lets customers use approved companion devices such as wristbands, smart watches and phones etc. to quickly sign-in to their Windows 10 PC and authenticate to their business resources without using a password.

The companion device can be enrolled, paired and used as the second factor of authentication for the PC’s and devices pre-registered with the Windows Hello PIN. This is a great use case for PCs that don’t have integrated biometric sensors or for industry scenarios (such as education environments, factory floors, retail points of sale, etc.).

The companion device could also be enrolled with Windows Hello on its own, which enables users’ credentials to be used as a secured second or third factor of authentication to access resources from any Windows 10 device. This is a great use case for commercial customers needing remote access to business environment from anywhere and any device.

By certifying your identity, these devices give users an alternative choice for quick, enterprise-grade secure sign-ins instead of passwords.

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Windows Information Protection (Anniversary Update)

Windows Information Protection (WIP) helps prevents accidental data leaks by enabling IT to set policies on how corporate data can be accessed and used on a device - Windows controls which users and apps have access to protected data based on the policies that IT defines. IT also has the ability to selectively wipe business data from devices while leaving personal data behind.

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Embedded Mode support (Anniversary Update)

This mode designates a particular device as “a special-purpose device that is closely managed by a knowledgeable admin that can grant applications abilities not safe for store apps." Examples of capabilities that are enabled in this mode are: shutting down or restarting the device, using low-level buses such as GPIO and I2C, and changing the time zone.

Tablet Mode (Anniversary Update)

Windows optimises your experience for what you’re doing and the device you’re using. On-screen features such as menus and taskbars adapt for easy navigation. Apps are built to scale smoothly from screen to screen so they look good from the smallest app window up to the largest 8k displays.*

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Windows optimises your experience for what you’re doing and the device you’re using. On-screen features such as menus and taskbars adapt for easy navigation. Apps are built to scale smoothly from screen to screen so they look good from the smallest app window up to the largest 8k displays.* You can even change from tablet to desktop mode any time you want - your screen will give you a smooth transition and a beautiful display. Tablet Mode is designed to ensure that the best screen is always the one you’re on.

*Hardware-dependent. App experiences and availability may vary.

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Continuum for Phone (Anniversary Update)

Use your Windows 10 phone in amazing and astounding ways, including like a PC.* With a Continuum-compatible wired or wireless accessory, you can connect a monitor, keyboard, and mouse** or you can let your phone screen function as your virtual trackpad and keyboard. Change it to an entertainment, shopping, or browsing centre: wirelessly project the web - along with movies, photos, or other supported content on your phone - to any monitor or television.

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Use your Windows 10 phone in amazing and astounding ways, including like a PC.* With a Continuum-compatible wired or wireless accessory, you can connect a monitor, keyboard, and mouse** or you can let your phone screen function as your virtual trackpad and keyboard. Change it to an entertainment, shopping, or browsing centre: wirelessly project the web - along with movies, photos, or other supported content on your phone - to any monitor or television. What you see scales smoothly and displays beautifully on the bigger screen.**

*Limited to select premium phones at launch.

**External monitor must support HDMI input. Accessories may be sold separately.

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Voice, pen, touch and gesture (Anniversary Update)

Voice, pen, touch, gesture - Windows gives you more interaction options to choose from so you can use what feels right and works best.* In addition to traditional keyboard and mouse inputs, you can choose from among voice, pen and touch options. Upcoming innovations such as HoloLens holographics will even let you use gestures to interact with amazing 3D content.

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Voice, pen, touch, gesture - Windows gives you more interaction options to choose from so you can use what feels right and works best.* In addition to traditional keyboard and mouse inputs, you can choose from among voice, pen and touch options. Upcoming innovations such as HoloLens holographics will even let you use gestures to interact with amazing 3D content.

This is a principle of more personal computing: you can use your device in the way that’s most natural for you and the best fit for what you’re doing. You can even switch from one interaction type to another for maximum comfort and productivity.

*Hardware-dependent. Pen accessory may be sold separately.

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Customisable UI for IoT (Anniversary Update)

Windows 10 IoT Core is optimised for delivering ideal experiences on small devices with or without displays. It is easily customised and configured. Devices with a user interface allow the use of a custom-branded, device-specific experience. Applications have hardware access to expose device-specific functionality.

Background Applications for IoT (Anniversary Update)

These deployable services run as a background process and do not drive a traditional display. They can still drive non-traditional displays such as SPI, LCDs, or even web servers.

Microsoft Edge - Extensions (Anniversary Update)

Microsoft Edge extensions allow you to add or modify browser functionality.

Pinning tabs (Anniversary Update)

In Microsoft Edge, pin the tab(s) of your favourite site to the browser for quick and easy access. The next time you launch Microsoft Edge, your pinned site tabs will be open instantly as part of the browser window.

Microsoft Edge - Web Notifications (Anniversary Update)

With Microsoft Edge, you can choose to get notifications from your favourite websites, even when you are not browsing. For example, get notifications for when friends post on your Facebook page.

PC to PC casting (Anniversary Update)

Cast your Windows experience from one PC to another PC.

Windows Ink (Anniversary Update)

Get entirely new ways to capture notes and develop thoughts - quickly and easily - with your digital pen or fingertip.

Remote Display Experience (Anniversary Update)

Remote display experience puts a display on every “display less" device, so users can seamlessly control Windows 10 IoT Core applications from any Windows 10 desktop PC, tablet, or phone*. In addition, the technology allows Windows 10 IoT Core devices to use remote sensor readings from any connected Windows 10 device.

*Feature name subject to change

Microsoft Edge - Favourites Bar (Anniversary Update)

With your Microsoft Edge Favourites Bar enabled via the Settings menu, you can right-click on the Favourites bar to have it show only the Favourites icons, for more efficient use of space. Another right-click lets you add new folders for organisation.

Microsoft Edge - Tab History (Anniversary Update)

With an easy right-click of your back button, you can now see the full history of that tab. It's great for remembering where you were.

Microsoft Edge - Paste and go/search (Anniversary Update)

You can now copy any link into your clipboard, and right-click on the Address bar in Microsoft Edge and choose “Paste and go" from the context menu. Microsoft Edge pastes the URL into the Address bar and navigates to the site. You can also copy words to your clipboard, and choose “Paste and search."

Microsoft Edge - Swipe to navigate (Anniversary Update)

Microsoft Edge now supports the swipe gesture to navigate backwards and forwards. You can swipe from anywhere on the page to trigger a navigation.

Microsoft Edge - Word Flow (Anniversary Update)

You now have the ability to use shape writing in the address bar in Microsoft Edge.

Start menu updates (Anniversary Update)

Start menu updates give more control to users, make it easier to access all apps, and provides additional optimisation for touch input (i.e., tablet mode).

Projecting on PCs (Anniversary Update)

Instead of only projecting a Continuum for your phone experience on unconnected monitors, a Continuum-compatible phone can connect to monitors/screens that are connected to Windows 10 PCs. Connection above the lock screen, as well as behind the lock screen, are supported.

Laptop-like accessory support (Anniversary Update)

Get support for a new accessory form factor that looks like a lightweight and low-cost laptop, but without any CPU or OS. When paired with a Continuum-compatible phone, it will allow you to use your phone like a laptop.

Touch screen support (Anniversary Update)

Touch input will be supported when connecting a Continuum-compatible phone to a touch monitor.

Picture in Picture (Anniversary Update)

Monitor media content while focusing on other tasks.

Start Menu and Live Tiles (Windows 10 Fall Update)

With Windows 10, you get the same familiar experience as with Windows 7, including a taskbar and apps that work as you expect. You also get enhanced features such as the Start menu, which can be customised with live tiles for even faster access to your apps and files.

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With Windows 10, you get the same familiar experience as with Windows 7, including a taskbar and apps that work as you expect. You also get enhanced features such as the Start menu, which can be customised with live tiles for even faster access to your apps and files. And, it’s easier than ever to multitask with new ways to snap apps, create multiple desktops, and see tasks in one view. It’s the best combination of familiarity and flexibility.

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Microsoft Edge (Windows 10 Fall Update)

With Microsoft Edge, you can go beyond browsing to quickly get things done online. You can write or type directly on webpages and share markups with others. If you value a premium reading experience, there’s a feature that allows you to clear away distractions from your online articles and a reading list that organises your favourite reads to enjoy later.

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With Microsoft Edge, you can go beyond browsing to quickly get things done online. You can write or type directly on webpages and share markups with others. If you value a premium reading experience, there’s a feature that allows you to clear away distractions from your online articles and a reading list that organises your favourite reads to enjoy later. All in all, Microsoft Edge sweeps away the obstacles between you and your online activities - for a web experience that’s personal, responsive, and all about getting things done.

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Universal Windows app platform (Anniversary Update)

With the Universal Windows Platform, Windows 10 makes it easier than ever to create and launch apps. You’ll save time and money since you can write to one universal API that works on every device while tailoring the user experience to the device based on screen size, input and accessories.

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With the Universal Windows Platform, Windows 10 makes it easier than ever to create and launch apps. You’ll save time and money since you can write to one universal API that works on every device while tailoring the user experience to the device based on screen size, input and accessories. That means you can take advantage of unique Windows features like Cortana*, live tiles, interactive notifications, holograms, and more - ensuring that you get even more out of your app experience.

Universal Windows Platform Bridges make it easier for you to bring your existing code to Windows and the Windows Store by allowing you work with your existing tools - even Android and Apple - to produce apps for Windows. And it’s not just easier to develop your app; debugging and distributing apps is also more streamlined. Plus, you’ll get the most out of your investment with even more insights into your app’s performance and usage.

The Universal Windows Platform is a flexible, simple way to create apps that drive your business forward.

*Cortana available in select markets; experience may vary by region and device.

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Dynamic Provisioning (Anniversary Update)

Provisioning Windows 10 devices is so simple, your users can do it themselves with no IT involvement. They just unbox the device, turn it on, provide their work or school ID, and they’re done. Manual provisioning is also an option using new Windows 10 provisioning tools.

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Provisioning Windows 10 devices is so simple, your users can do it themselves with no IT involvement. They just unbox the device, turn it on, provide their work or school ID, and they’re done. Manual provisioning is also an option using new Windows 10 provisioning tools. Windows 10 also supports “bring your own device" (personally owned) and “choose your own device" (corporate-owned) scenarios. By using Microsoft Intune* and third-party MDM services,** you can give employees access to corporate applications, data and resources from virtually anywhere on almost any device, while helping to keep corporate information secure.

*Microsoft Intune sold separately.

**MDM services sold separately.

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Mobile Device Management (Anniversary Update)

Lightweight mobile device management (MDM) capabilities are built into all Windows 10 devices, based on industry-standard OMA-DM protocols. Windows 10 MDM offers an alternative to traditional PC management processes - you can choose how to manage devices based on how they are used.

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Lightweight mobile device management (MDM) capabilities are built into all Windows 10 devices, based on industry-standard OMA-DM protocols. Windows 10 MDM offers an alternative to traditional PC management processes - you can choose how to manage devices based on how they are used. Manage some devices traditionally with Microsoft Active Directory Domain Services, Group Policy and Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager. Select cloud-based management such as Microsoft Azure Active Directory* and Microsoft Intune* for others. No matter how you decide to manage your devices, Windows 10 MDM supports consistent implementation across phones, tablets, laptops, and desktops, and it ensures that independent software vendors can easily implement support for new features.

*Microsoft Azure Active Directory and Microsoft Intune sold separately.

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Azure Active Directory Join (Anniversary Update)

Microsoft Azure Active Directory* (Azure AD) JOIN gives you a new way to apply all the flexibility and cost-saving benefits of BYOD to the devices your organisation owns. End users don’t need consumer accounts for their company-issued devices.

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Microsoft Azure Active Directory* (Azure AD) JOIN gives you a new way to apply all the flexibility and cost-saving benefits of BYOD to the devices your organisation owns. End users don’t need consumer accounts for their company-issued devices. They can use existing work or school accounts either mastered in Azure AD or synced/federated to an on-premises directory.

Azure AD Join works on PCs, tablets, phones, and new form factors that lack traditional domain-joined capabilities. And users enjoy single sign-on (SSO) from the Windows desktop to apps and resources like Microsoft Office 365* and thousands of business applications that rely on Azure AD for authentication. Users can also take advantage of SSO for on-premises apps that are exposed via Azure AD Application Proxy.

*Microsoft Azure Activity Directory and Office 365 subscription sold separately.

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Current Branch for Business (Anniversary Update)

With Windows 10, Microsoft introduces Windows as a service. By using the Current Branch for Business (CBB) update schedule, you get new Windows features and functionality, in addition to security updates and critical fixes, on a regular basis. This makes your Windows 10 environment better, more productive, and more secure over time.

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With Windows 10, Microsoft introduces Windows as a service. By using the Current Branch for Business (CBB) update schedule, you get new Windows features and functionality, in addition to security updates and critical fixes, on a regular basis. This makes your Windows 10 environment better, more productive, and more secure over time. By putting devices on the CBB, you can get regular security updates and receive feature updates once their quality and application compatibility have been assessed in the consumer market. This gives your IT department time to start validating updates in your environment the day changes are shipped broadly to consumers.

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Long-Term Servicing Branch (Anniversary Update)

Environments such as hospital emergency rooms, air traffic control towers and financial trading systems require strict IT change management. By deploying Windows 10 using a Long-Term Servicing Branch, you can apply regular security updates while withholding new-feature updates until after you have performed thorough application compatibility testing.

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Environments such as hospital emergency rooms, air traffic control towers and financial trading systems require strict IT change management. By deploying Windows 10 using a Long-Term Servicing Branch, you can apply regular security updates while withholding new-feature updates until after you have performed thorough application compatibility testing. You have the flexibility to deliver security updates using Windows Server Update Services, which gives you full control over all updates using existing management tools, such as Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager.

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Windows Update for Business (Anniversary Update)

Windows Update for Business will help reduce management costs, provide controls over update deployments, and offer quicker access to security updates and ongoing access to the latest innovations from Microsoft. Windows Update for Business is a part of Windows Pro and Windows Enterprise.

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Windows Update for Business will help reduce management costs, provide controls over update deployments, and offer quicker access to security updates and ongoing access to the latest innovations from Microsoft. Windows Update for Business is a part of Windows Pro and Windows Enterprise.

IT can ensure delivery of updates with limited bandwidth very efficiently through peer-to-peer delivery.

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Remote Access (Anniversary Update)

Students don’t just learn in the classroom and teachers don’t just prep at school, which is why it’s important to have a platform that lets them continue their work anytime and anywhere. Windows 10 has expanded remote access features that empower students and teachers to work on-the-go in addition to enabling them to work on applications and files offline.

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Students don’t just learn in the classroom and teachers don’t just prep at school, which is why it’s important to have a platform that lets them continue their work anytime and anywhere. Windows 10 has expanded remote access features that empower students and teachers to work on-the-go in addition to enabling them to work on applications and files offline. Always-on connectivity allows devices to be continually connected to the school’s network*. VPN connectivity begins when the user logs on, providing a seamless connection experience. Additionally, administrators have the ability to restrict remote access to specific applications or resources.

*Internet access or mobile connectivity required. Fees may apply.

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Enhancements to Azure AD Join (Anniversary Update)

Enhancements to Azure AD Join improve its functionality in enterprise environments.

In Place Upgrade (Windows 10 Fall Update)

Fast and easy to deploy, the Windows 10 upgrade takes between 30 minutes and two hours, depending on the device and network. A reliable and simple upgrade process, Windows 10 seamlessly connects with your previous operating system and requires no IT intervention.

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Fast and easy to deploy, the Windows 10 upgrade takes between 30 minutes and two hours, depending on the device and network. A reliable and simple upgrade process, Windows 10 seamlessly connects with your previous operating system and requires no IT intervention. With no extra investments, complex engineering requirements, or new deployment tools necessary, Windows 10 delivers one of the shortest and least-expensive operating system upgrades on the market.

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Enterprise Search in Windows

Enterprise search in Windows enables users to quickly find what they need from one place, aggregating results such as documents, email messages, apps (on device or in the Microsoft Store), company resources and portals, people – across local devices and Office 365 cloud locations – all right from the Windows taskbar.

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Enterprise search in Windows enables users to quickly find what they need from one place, aggregating results such as documents, email messages, apps (on device or in the Microsoft Store), company resources and portals, people – across local devices and Office 365 cloud locations – all right from the Windows taskbar. Enterprise search in Windows brings the sophisticated techniques used for web search, such as search speed and auto-completion, to users’ fingertips, so searching in Windows is the same fast, familiar, rich experience that users are accustomed to with search engines.

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3D in Windows 10: Photos App

In the Photos app, users have the option of mixed-reality storytelling - for example, being able to find a 3D object that resembles a building, and dropping the item directly into a city scape to illustrate a construction concept in three dimensions within their video creation.

3D in Windows 10: View Mixed Reality

With the View Mixed Reality feature, users can see 3D objects mixed into their actual surroundings through the world-facing camera on their PC.

3D in Windows 10: Office Integration

Users can leverage 3D content to increase the visual and creative impact of PowerPoint, Word and Excel documents. Easily insert a 3D object from the Remix 3D catalogue or local device, then use the 360-degree rotation handle to change its perspective, and bring 3D objects to life in presentations with transitions like Morph.

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Users can leverage 3D content to increase the visual and creative impact of PowerPoint, Word and Excel documents. Easily insert a 3D object from the Remix 3D catalogue or local device, then use the 360-degree rotation handle to change its perspective, and bring 3D objects to life in presentations with transitions like Morph. And View 3D is integrated into SharePoint and OneDrive for Business, enabling users to view and interact with 3D files from the browser as easily as on their device locally.

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Microsoft Edge

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is packed with new features and improvements to Microsoft Edge, from pinning favourite websites on the taskbar to taking notes on PDFs right in the browser.

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Windows Ink: New Enhancements

Users can naturally, reliably and intuitively navigate within Windows without putting the pen down, write into any text box as efficiently as typing, and ink directly onto PDFs. Shape recognition makes hand-drawn squares more perfect, or instantly turns boxes into a table. And Windows Find my Pen helps users to locate misplaced pens.

OneDrive Files On-Demand

With OneDrive Files On-Demand, users can access all their files in the cloud without having to download them and use storage space on their device. All files – even online-only files – can be seen in File Explorer and work just like every other file on the device.

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With OneDrive Files On-Demand, users can access all their files in the cloud without having to download them and use storage space on their device. All files – even online-only files – can be seen in File Explorer and work just like every other file on the device. Users will be able to open online-only files from within any desktop or Windows Store app using the Windows file picker.

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Windows Hello

Today with Windows Hello, you can sign into your Windows devices using a combination of two factors, such as biometrics (e.g.: face or fingerprint), a PIN, a Windows Hello companion device, your location and even other factors.

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Today with Windows Hello, you can sign into your Windows devices using a combination of two factors, such as biometrics (e.g.: face or fingerprint), a PIN, a Windows Hello companion device, your location and even other factors. With the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Windows Hello will be updated to support the combination of a third factor including location (i.e.: is device connected to trusted Wi-Fi or wired network) or proximity (i.e.: is paired phone in range) (e.g.: biometrics + PC + phone; PIN + PC + network)

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Windows 10 Subscription Activation

Automatically step up from Windows 10 Pro to Windows 10 Enterprise from the cloud, when signing on using an account that has an assigned Windows 10 Enterprise E3 or E5 subscription assigned in Azure Active Directory.

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Windows 10 Automatic Redeployment

Windows 10 Automatic Redeployment is a simple process to prepare a device for a different purpose within the organisation, automatically preserving Azure Active Directory Join, MDM enrolment, Wi-Fi settings and other key details.

Express feature updates

Express feature updates reduces the download size for Windows 10 semi-annual feature updates by about 35% by only downloading the files that have changed since the previous release. Supported for updating Windows 10 1703 to Windows 10 1709 via Windows Update and Windows Update for Business; support for WSUS coming later.

Windows AutoPilot

Windows AutoPilot enables quick and easy setup of new PCs, to go from the box to fully configured and productive, without imaging or even being touched by IT.

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Windows Defender Application Control

Windows Defender Application Control helps address malware threats by enabling your IT department to decide which software vendors and apps can run on devices.

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Windows Defender Application Control helps address malware threats by enabling your IT department to decide which software vendors and apps can run on devices. Windows Defender Application Control uses the application "allow listing" technology that was previously only available in Device Guard and it removes the advanced hardware requirements enabling it to be used on any device that can run the Enterprise edition of Windows 10. Windows Defender Application Control has also been updated to use application reputation data from the Intelligent Security Graph which eliminates the need for manual "allow list" management.

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Windows Defender Application Guard

Windows Defender Application Guard protects Microsoft Edge users from malware and hacking threats encountered online ensuring they are unable to compromise the device, apps, data or the broader business network. Application Guard achieves this by isolating threats in a hardware-based container.

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Windows 10 Enterprise FAQ for IT pros (Windows 10)

  • 08/18/2017
  • 8 minutes to read
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Get answers to common questions around compatibility, installation, and support for Windows 10 Enterprise.

Download and requirements

Where can I download Windows 10 Enterprise?

If you have Windows volume licenses with Software Assurance, or if you have purchased licenses for Windows 10 Enterprise volume licenses, you can download 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 10 Enterprise from the Volume Licensing Service Center. If you do not have current Software Assurance for Windows and would like to purchase volume licenses for Windows 10 Enterprise, contact your preferred Microsoft Reseller or see How to purchase through Volume Licensing.

What are the system requirements?

For details, see Windows 10 Enterprise system requirements.

What are the hardware requirements for Windows 10?

Most computers that are compatible with Windows 8.1 will be compatible with Windows 10. You may need to install updated drivers in Windows 10 for your devices to properly function. See Windows 10 specifications for more information.

Can I evaluate Windows 10 Enterprise?

Yes, a 90-day evaluation of Windows 10 Enterprise is available through the TechNet Evaluation Center. The evaluation is available in Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazil), and Spanish (Spain, International Sort). We highly recommend that organizations make use of the Windows 10 Enterprise 90-day Evaluation to try out deployment and management scenarios, test compatibility with hardware and applications, and to get hands on experience with Windows 10 Enterprise features.

Drivers and compatibility

Where can I find drivers for my devices for Windows 10 Enterprise?

For many devices, drivers will be automatically installed in Windows 10 and there will be no need for additional action.

  • For some devices, Windows 10 may be unable to install drivers that are required for operation. If your device drivers are not automatically installed, visit the manufacturer’s support website for your device to download and manually install the drivers. If Windows 10 drivers are not available, the most up-to-date drivers for Windows 8.1 will often work in Windows 10.
  • For some devices, the manufacturer may provide more up-to-date drivers or drivers that enable additional functionality than the drivers installed by Windows 10. Always follow the recommendations of the device manufacturer for optimal performance and stability.
  • Some computer manufacturers provide packs of drivers for easy implementation in management and deployment solutions like the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) or Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager. These driver packs contain all of the drivers needed for each device and can greatly simplify the process of deploying Windows to a new make or model of computer. Driver packs for some common manufacturers include:

Where can I find out if an application or device is compatible with Windows 10?

Many existing Win32 and Win64 applications already run reliably on Windows 10 without any changes. You can also expect strong compatibility and support for Web apps and devices. The Ready for Windows website lists software solutions that are supported and in use for Windows 10. You can find additional guidance to help with application compatibility at Windows 10 application compatibility on the Windows IT Center.

Is there an easy way to assess if my organization’s devices are ready to upgrade to Windows 10?

Windows Analytics Upgrade Readiness (formerly known as Upgrade Analytics) provides powerful insights and recommendations about the computers, applications, and drivers in your organization, at no extra cost and without additional infrastructure requirements. This new service guides you through your upgrade and feature update projects using a workflow based on Microsoft recommended practices. Up-to-date inventory data allows you to balance cost and risk in your upgrade projects. You can find additional product information at Windows Analytics.

Administration and deployment

Which deployment tools support Windows 10?

Updated versions of Microsoft deployment tools, including MDT, Configuration Manager, and the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) have been released to support Windows 10.

  • MDT is Microsoft’s recommended collection of tools, processes, and guidance for automating desktop and server deployment.
  • Configuration Manager simplifies the deployment and management of Windows 10. If you are not currently using Configuration Manager, you can download a free 180-day trial of System Center Configuration Manager and Endpoint Protection (current branch) from the TechNet Evaluation Center.
  • The Windows ADK has tools that allow you to customize Windows images for large-scale deployment, and test system quality and performance. You can download the latest version of the Windows ADK for Windows 10 from the Hardware Dev Center.

Can I upgrade computers from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 without deploying a new image?

Computers running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 can be upgraded directly to Windows 10 through the in-place upgrade process without a need to reimage the device using MDT and/or Configuration Manager. For more information, see Upgrade to Windows 10 with System Center Configuration Manager or Upgrade to Windows 10 with the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit.

Can I upgrade from Windows 7 Enterprise or Windows 8.1 Enterprise to Windows 10 Enterprise for free?

If you have Windows 7 Enterprise or Windows 8.1 Enterprise and current Windows 10 Enterprise E3 or E5 subscription, you are entitled to the upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise through the rights of Software Assurance. You can find your product keys and installation media at the Volume Licensing Service Center.

For devices that are licensed under a volume license agreement for Windows that does not include Software Assurance, new licenses will be required to upgrade these devices to Windows 10.

Managing updates

What is Windows as a service?

The Windows 10 operating system introduces a new way to build, deploy, and service Windows: Windows as a service. Microsoft has reimagined each part of the process, to simplify the lives of IT pros and maintain a consistent Windows 10 experience for its customers. These improvements focus on maximizing customer involvement in Windows development, simplifying the deployment and servicing of Windows client computers, and leveling out the resources needed to deploy and maintain Windows over time. For more information, see Overview of Windows as a service.

How is servicing different with Windows as a service?

Traditional Windows servicing has included several release types: major revisions (e.g., the Windows 8.1, Windows 8, and Windows 7 operating systems), service packs, and monthly updates. With Windows 10, there are two release types: feature updates that add new functionality two to three times per year, and quality updates that provide security and reliability fixes at least once a month.

What are the servicing channels?

To align with the new method of delivering feature updates and quality updates in Windows 10, Microsoft introduced the concept of servicing channels to allow customers to designate how aggressively their individual devices are updated. For example, an organization may have test devices that the IT department can update with new features as soon as possible, and then specialized devices that require a longer feature update cycle to ensure continuity. With that in mind, Microsoft offers two servicing channels for Windows 10: Semi-Annual Channel, and Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC). For details about the versions in each servicing channel, see Windows 10 release information. For more information on each channel, see servicing channels.

What tools can I use to manage Windows as a service updates?

There are many tools are available. You can choose from these:

  • Windows Update
  • Windows Update for Business
  • Windows Server Update Services
  • System Center Configuration Manager

For more information on pros and cons for these tools, see Servicing Tools.

User experience

Where can I find information about new features and changes in Windows 10 Enterprise?

For an overview of the new enterprise features in Windows 10 Enterprise, see What's new in Windows 10 and What's new in Windows 10, version 1703 in the Docs library.

Another place to track the latest information about new features of interest to IT professionals is the Windows for IT Pros blog. Here you’ll find announcements of new features, information on updates to the Windows servicing model, and details about the latest resources to help you more easily deploy and manage Windows 10.

To find out which version of Windows 10 is right for your organization, you can also compare Windows editions.

How will people in my organization adjust to using Windows 10 Enterprise after upgrading from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1?

Windows 10 combines the best aspects of the user experience from Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 to make using Windows simple and straightforward. Users of Windows 7 will find the Start menu in the same location as they always have. In the same place, users of Windows 8.1 will find the live tiles from their Start screen, accessible by the Start button in the same way as they were accessed in Windows 8.1. To help you make the transition a seamless one, download the Windows 10 for Business Onboarding Kit and see our end user readiness resources.

How does Windows 10 help people work with applications and data across a variety of devices?

The desktop experience in Windows 10 has been improved to provide a better experience for people that use a traditional mouse and keyboard. Key changes include:

  • Start menu is a launching point for access to apps.
  • Universal apps now open in windows instead of full screen.
  • Multitasking is improved with adjustable Snap, which allows you to have more than two windows side-by-side on the same screen and to customize how those windows are arranged.
  • Tablet Mode to simplify using Windows with a finger or pen by using touch input.

Help and support

Where can I ask a question about Windows 10?

Use the following resources for additional information about Windows 10.

docs.microsoft.com

Windows 10 Subscription Activation | Microsoft Docs

  • 10/20/2017
  • 9 minutes to read
  • Contributors

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With Windows 10 version 1703 (also known as the Creator’s Update), both Windows 10 Enterprise E3 and Windows 10 Enterprise E5 are available as online services via subscription. Deploying Windows 10 Enterprise in your organization can now be accomplished with no keys and no reboots.

If you are running Windows 10 version 1703 or later:

  • Devices with a current Windows 10 Pro license can be seamlessly upgraded to Windows 10 Enterprise.
  • Product key-based Windows 10 Enterprise software licenses can be transitioned to Windows 10 Enterprise subscriptions.

Organizations that have an Enterprise agreement can also benefit from the new service, using traditional Active Directory-joined devices. In this scenario, the Active Directory user that signs in on their device must be synchronized with Azure AD using Azure AD Connect Sync.

See the following topics in this article:

For information on how to deploy Windows 10 Enterprise licenses, see Deploy Windows 10 Enterprise licenses.

The evolution of deployment

The original version of this section can be found at Changing between Windows SKUs.

The following figure illustrates how deploying Windows 10 has evolved with each release. With this release, deployment is automatic.

  • Windows 7 required you to redeploy the operating system using a full wipe-and-load process if you wanted to change from Windows 7 Professional to Windows 10 Enterprise.
  • Windows 8.1 added support for a Windows 8.1 Pro to Windows 8.1 Enterprise in-place upgrade (considered a “repair upgrade” because the OS version was the same before and after). This was a lot easier than wipe-and-load, but it was still time-consuming.
  • Windows 10 1507 added the ability to install a new product key using a provisioning package or using MDM to change the SKU. This required a reboot, which would install the new OS components, and took several minutes to complete. However, it was a lot quicker than in-place upgrade.
  • Windows 10 1607 made a big leap forward. Now you can just change the product key and the SKU instantly changes from Windows 10 Pro to Windows 10 Enterprise. In addition to provisioning packages and MDM, you can just inject a key using SLMGR.VBS (which injects the key into WMI), so it became trivial to do this using a command line.
  • Windows 10 1703 made this “step-up” from Windows 10 Pro to Windows 10 Enterprise automatic for those that subscribed to Windows 10 Enterprise E3 or E5 via the CSP program.
  • Windows 10 1709 adds support for Windows 10 Subscription Activation, very similar to the CSP support but for large enterprises, enabling the use of Azure AD for assigning licenses to users. When those users sign in on an AD or Azure AD-joined machine, it automatically steps up from Windows 10 Pro to Windows 10 Enterprise.

Requirements

For Microsoft customers with Enterprise Agreements (EA) or Microsoft Products & Services Agreements (MPSA), you must have the following:

  • Windows 10 (Pro or Enterprise) version 1703 or later installed and activated on the devices to be upgraded.
  • Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) available for identity management.
  • Devices must be Azure AD-joined or Active Directory joined with Azure AD Connect. Workgroup-joined devices are not supported.

For Microsoft customers that do not have EA or MPSA, you can obtain Windows 10 Enterprise E3 or E5 through a cloud solution provider (CSP). Identity management and device requirements are the same when you use CSP to manage licenses, with the exception that Windows 10 Enterprise E3 is also available through CSP to devices running Windows 10, version 1607. For more information about obtaining Windows 10 Enterprise E3 through your CSP, see Windows 10 Enterprise E3 in CSP.

If devices are running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, see New Windows 10 upgrade benefits for Windows Cloud Subscriptions in CSP

Benefits

With Windows 10 Enterprise, businesses can benefit from enterprise-level security and control. Previously, only organizations with a Microsoft Volume Licensing Agreement could deploy Windows 10 Enterprise E3 or E5 to their users. Now, with Windows 10 Enterprise E3 and E5 being available as a true online service, it is available in every channel thus allowing all organizations to take advantage of enterprise grade Windows 10 features. To compare Windows 10 editions and review pricing, see the following:

You can benefit by moving to Windows as an online service in the following ways:

  1. Licenses for Windows 10 Enterprise are checked based on Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) credentials, so now businesses have a systematic way to assign licenses to end users and groups in their organization.
  2. User logon triggers a silent edition upgrade, with no reboot required
  3. Support for mobile worker/BYOD activation; transition away from on-prem KMS and MAK keys.
  4. Compliance support via seat assignment.

How it works

When a licensed user signs in to a device that meets requirements using the Azure AD credentials associated with a Windows 10 Enterprise E3 or E5 license, the operating system turns from Windows 10 Pro to Windows 10 Enterprise and all the appropriate Windows 10 Enterprise features are unlocked. When a user’s subscription expires or is transferred to another user, the Windows 10 Enterprise device reverts seamlessly to Windows 10 Pro edition, after a grace period of up to 90 days.

Devices currently running Windows 10 Pro, version 1703 can get Windows 10 Enterprise Semi-Annual Channel on up to five devices for each user covered by the license. This benefit does not include Long Term Servicing Channel.

Scenarios

Scenario #1: Using KMS for activation, just purchased Windows 10 Enterprise E3 or E5 subscriptions (or for some reason have had an E3 or E5 subscription for a while but haven’t yet deployed Windows 10 Enterprise), and you are using Windows 10 1607 or above.

All you need to do to change all of your Windows 10 Pro devices to Windows 10 Enterprise is to run this command on each computer:

cscript.exe c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs /ipk NPPR9-FWDCX-D2C8J-H872K-2YT43

This key comes from Appendix A: KMS Client Setup Keys in the Volume Activation guide. The command causes the OS to change to Windows 10 Enterprise and then seek out the KMS server to reactivate. It is also possible to inject the Windows 10 Pro key from this article if you wish to step back down from Enterprise to Pro.

Scenario #2: Using Azure AD-joined devices or Active Directory-joined devices running Windows 10 1709 or later, and with Azure AD synchronization configured, just follow the steps in Deploy Windows 10 Enterprise licenses to acquire a $0 SKU and get a new Windows 10 Enterprise E3 or E5 license in Azure AD. Then, assign that license to all of your Azure AD users. These can be AD-synced accounts. The device will automatically change from Windows 10 Pro to Windows 10 Enterprise when that user signs in.

In summary, if you have a Windows 10 Enterprise E3 or E5 subscription, but are still running Windows 10 Pro, it’s really simple (and quick) to move to Windows 10 Enterprise using one of the scenarios above.

If you’re running Windows 7, it can be more work. A wipe-and-load approach works, but it is likely to be easier to upgrade from Windows 7 Pro directly to Windows 10 Enterprise. This is a supported path, and completes the move in one step. This method also works if you are running Windows 8.1 Pro.

Licenses

The following policies apply to acquisition and renewal of licenses on devices:

  • Devices that have been upgraded will attempt to acquire licenses every 30 days, and must be connected to the Internet to be successful.
  • Licenses are valid for 90 days. If a device is disconnected from the Internet until its current license expires, the operating system will revert to Windows 10 Pro. As soon as the device is connected to the Internet again, the license will automatically renew assuming the device is still present on list of user devices.
  • Up to five devices can be upgraded for each user license.
  • The list of devices is chronological and cannot be manually modified.
  • If a device meets requirements and a licensed user signs in on that device, it will be upgraded.
  • If five devices are already on the list and a subscribed user signs in on a sixth device, then this new device is added to the end of the list and the first device is removed.
  • Devices that are removed from the list will cease trying to acquire a license and revert to Windows 10 Pro when the grace period expires.

Licenses can also be reallocated from one user to another user, allowing you to optimize your licensing investment against changing needs.

When you have the required Azure AD subscription, group-based licensing is the preferred method to assign Enterprise E3 and E5 licenses to users. For more information, see Group-based licensing basics in Azure AD.

Existing Enterprise deployments

If you have already deployed Windows 10 Enterprise, but you want to move away from depending on KMS servers and MAK keys for Windows client machines, you are able to seamlessly transition as long as the computer has been activated with a firmware-embedded Windows 10 Pro product key.

If the computer has never been activated with a Pro key, run the following script. Copy the text below into a .cmd file and run the file from an elevated command prompt:

@echo off FOR /F "skip=1" %%A IN ('wmic path SoftwareLicensingService get OA3xOriginalProductKey') DO ( SET "ProductKey=%%A" goto InstallKey ) :InstallKey IF [%ProductKey%]==[] ( echo No key present ) ELSE ( echo Installing %ProductKey% changepk.exe /ProductKey %ProductKey% )

Obtaining an Azure AD licence

Enterprise Agreement/Software Assurance (EA/SA):

  • Organizations with a traditional EA must order a $0 SKU, process e-mails sent to the license administrator for the company, and assign licenses using Azure AD (ideally to groups using the new Azure AD Premium feature for group assignment). For more information, see Enabling Subscription Activation with an existing EA.
  • The license administrator can assign seats to Azure AD users with the same process that is used for O365.
  • New EA/SA Windows Enterprise customers can acquire both an SA subscription and an associated $0 cloud subscription.

Microsoft Products & Services Agreements (MPSA):

  • Organizations with MPSA are automatically emailed the details of the new service. They must take steps to process the instructions.
  • Existing MPSA customers will receive service activation emails that allow their customer administrator to assign users to the service.
  • New MPSA customers who purchase the Software Subscription Windows Enterprise E3 and E5 will be enabled for both the traditional key-based and new subscriptions activation method.

Deploying licenses

See Deploy Windows 10 Enterprise licenses.

Virtual Desktop Access (VDA)

Subscriptions to Windows 10 Enterprise are also available for virtualized clients. Windows 10 Enterprise E3 and E5 are available for Virtual Desktop Access (VDA) in Windows Azure or in another qualified multitenant hoster.

Virtual machines (VMs) must be configured to enable Windows 10 Enterprise subscriptions for VDA. Active Directory-joined and Azure Active Directory-joined clients are supported. See Enable VDA for Subscription Activation.

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