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Try it out: Windows 10 Enterprise Evaluation

The Windows 10 Enterprise 90-day Evaluation helps you to test your applications, hardware, and deployment strategies before doing a full-scale deployment of Windows 10 Enterprise.

Before you start

Before you can install and use the Windows 10 Enterprise Evaluation, you must make sure that your devices are upgrading from Enterprise versions of Windows 7 (including Windows 7 SP1), Windows 8, or Windows 8.1. You must also make sure your devices have at least:

  • Processor: 1 GHz or faster or SoC
  • RAM: 1 GB (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
  • Free hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
  • Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
  • Screen resolution: 1024 x 768

For more details about system requirements and supported languages, see Windows 10 Enterprise system requirements.

To install the Windows 10 Enterprise Evaluation

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  1. Download the Windows 10 Enterprise Evaluation ISO file for your operating system from the TechNet Evaluation Center.
  2. Create installation media by burning the ISO file to a DVD disc, or by extracting the contents to a USB flash drive.
  3. Boot the computer using the installation media and follow the installation prompts. (Note that this will overwrite all files on the computer.)

Explore the new features

Windows 10 Enterprise Evaluation includes several new features and functionalities, aimed to help your business, including:

  • Device Guard - A combination of hardware and software security features that, when configured together, allow devices to only run trusted applications.
  • Device management - A consistent set of mobile device management (MDM) capabilities for PCs, laptops, tablets, and phones so you can manage both corporate and personally-owned devices.
  • Enterprise Data Protection - A way for you to help protect your corporate data from accidental disclosure through email, social media, and the public cloud.
  • Microsoft Passport - A way to replace passwords with strong two-factor authentication, consisting of an enrolled device and a Windows Hello (biometric) or PIN.
  • Provisioning packages - A new way to create packages that lets you quickly and efficiently configure a device without having to install a new image.

Test your applications

Most existing business apps should work with Windows 10 Enterprise, but you might run into issues with custom or older apps. To get the jump on potential problems, start running your apps on your Windows 10 Enterprise Evaluation test computers—and keep running them to see how the updates affect compatibility.

We also recommend that you:

  • Catalog your current applications so you have a complete list, including version numbers or names.
  • Reduce the number of versions you support for a single app.
  • Prioritize the apps you want to test.
  • Test each app by performing typical day-to-day tasks.

If you find that an app isn’t compatible with Windows 10 Enterprise, try upgrading the app to a newer version, fixing the app, or retiring the app and finding a new one.

For more information about how to test and mitigate application compatibility issues, see: