Get answers to common questions around compatibility, installation, and support for Windows 10 Enterprise.
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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.
For details, see Windows 10 Enterprise system requirements.
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.
|Important: For 64-bit installations, a small number of older PCs may be blocked from installation because they do not support CMPXCHG16b, PrefetchW, and LAHF/SAHF.|
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.
Yes, ISOs are available for Windows 10. You can use the media creation tool on the software download site to create an ISO for these scenarios:
For computers licensed under a volume license agreement, you can get ISOs through the Volume Licensing Service Center.
The Windows 10 Enterprise Insider Preview expires October 1, 2015. If you are running the Preview, we will send you notifications beginning on September 15, 2015 to remind you that it is time to upgrade your PC to a newer version. After October 1, a clean installation of Windows 10, the Windows 10 Enterprise 90-day Evaluation, or your former operating system will be required; and you will need to reinstall all of your programs and data.
Windows 10 is available in Arabic (Saudi Arabia), Bulgarian (Bulgaria), Chinese (Simplified, China), Chinese (Hong Kong), Chinese (Traditional, Taiwan), Croatian (Croatia), Czech (Czech Republic), Danish (Denmark), Dutch (Netherlands), English (United Kingdom), English (United States), Estonian (Estonia), Finnish (Finland), French (France), French (Canada), German (Germany), Greek (Greece), Hebrew (Israel), Hungarian (Hungary), Italian (Italy), Japanese (Japan), Korean (Korea), Latvian (Latvia), Lithuanian (Lithuania), Norwegian, Bokmål (Norway), Polish (Poland), Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian (Romania), Russian (Russia), Serbian (Latin, Serbia), Slovak (Slovakia), Slovenian (Slovenia), Spanish (Spain, International Sort), Spanish (Mexico), Swedish (Sweden), Thai (Thailand), Turkish (Turkey), and Ukrainian (Ukraine). Additional languages are available as Language Interface Packs.
For many devices, drivers will be automatically installed in Windows 10 and there will be no need for additional action.
Updated versions of Microsoft deployment tools, including Configuration Manager, MDT, and the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) have been released adding support for Windows 10. For most organizations currently using MDT or Configuration Manager to deploy Windows, deployment of Windows 10 will change very little. Read more about Configuration Manager compatibility at Announcing support for Windows 10 management with System Center Configuration Manager from the Configuration Manager Team Blog. Read more about MDT 2013 Update 1 from the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Team Blog.
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. You can use System Center Configuration Manager to manage this upgrade automatically through an Operating System Deployment task sequence. See How to upgrade to Windows 10 using the task sequence in System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager on the System Center Configuration Manager Team Blog.
If you have Windows 7 Enterprise or Windows 8.1 Enterprise and current Software Assurance, 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.
If you have a version of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 that came preinstalled on your device (OEM) or was purchased in a store (retail), you may qualify for a free upgrade to Windows 10. See the Windows 10 FAQ for more information.
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.
The Windows Compatibility Center is a community-generated database of compatibility information. You can look up your device or application there to see if other users have reported the device or app to be compatible or not. You can also provide feedback and rate the compatibility of apps or devices to help answer the questions of other users of Windows.
For an overview of the new enterprise features in Windows 10 Enterprise, see
What's new in Windows 10 in the TechNet library. You’ll find info on features like
Provisioning Packages, which allow you to configure a Windows 10 device without deploying a new image;
Enterprise Data Protection, which allows you to encrypt sensitive data and protect it from untrusted users or apps – even on employee-owned devices; and
Device Guard, which protects a computer from running untrusted applications.
Another place to track the latest information about new features is Blogging Windows. Here you’ll find the announcement of the new features that make Windows 10 the best of what Windows has to offer. You can also compare Windows 10 editions.
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. See how Windows 10 is the Windows you already know; read Familiarity in Windows 10.
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: