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Как скачать официальный ISO образ Windows 10?

Технический уровень : Базовый

Краткое содержание
В данной статье я расскажу как загрузить официальный ISO образ Windows 10 с сайта Microsoft
Подробности

Компания Microsoft предоставила всем возможность загрузить официальный ISO образ Windows 10 всем легальным обладателям данной ОС.

Способ номер 1
(загрузка сразу ISO образа)

Для этого надо перейдите на страницу загрузки Windows10
Если данная страница у вас не отображает прямую загрузку ISO образа-измените User Agent в своем браузере на Apple Safari.

Вот так он меняется в IE 11:

Более подробная информация о изменении User Agent представлена в статье

Далее нужно выбрать выпуск (он один и содержит все редакции 10ки, кроме корпоративной)

Выберите язык загружаемой операционной системы:

Выберите разрядность загружаемой операционной системы:

Начнется загрузка iso файла.

Важное замечание №1.

Данная вам ссылка будет действительна в течении 24 часов.

Важное замечание №2.

Корпоративные версии Windows 10 загрузить по данной ссылке нельзя. Они по прежнему доступные только корпоративным клиентам компании.

Важное замечание №3

Если во время установки ваш ключ не сработал, либо не подтвердилась активация по предложению бесплатного обновления, то вы ошибочно скачали не ту редакцию Windows 10.

Если у вас браузер, отличный от IE или EDGE, вот статья, как скачать с их помощью iso образ с 10й

(загрузка средства создания образа)

Данный способ работает только на Windows.

Необходимо перейти по данной ссылке:

и скачать инструмент для создания образа:

После загрузки нужно запустить его, подождать пока пройдет первичная загрузка (будет написано Выполняется подготовка) прочитать внимательно Лицензионное Соглашение, и если вы с ним согласны, нажать «принять»

и выбрать «создать установочный носитель (USB-устройство флэш-памяти, DVD-диск или ISO-файла».

Далее нужно выбрать язык, и разрядность ISO образа Windows 10 какой вам необходим.

Внимание! Выпуск «Windows 10» включает в себя все редакции 10ки, кроме корпоративной

После этого можно выбрать, что делать с ISO образом, записать его на флешку или просто сохранить для дальнейшей записи на DVD-диск

При выборе «ISO файл» вам предложат его сохранить:

После нажатия на кнопку «сохранить» начнется загрузка и создание носителя:

Готово! ISO образ был создан:

Загруженный одним из двух данных способов ISO образ можно записать на DVD-диск или USB-флешку.

Как это сделать написано во второй части данной статьи.

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Как обновиться до Windows 10?

Технический уровень : Базовый

Краткое содержание

В данной статье я расскажу как обновить Windows 7/Windows 8.1 до Windows 10.

Подробности

Итак, вы ранее (до 30 июля 2016 года) уже обновляли свою лицензионную Windows 7/Windows 8.1 до Windows 10.

Теперь вы выполнили возврат до предыдущей ОС и снова захотели обновиться до 10.

Как же это сделать?

Необходимо открыть данный сайт:

скачать инструмент для обновления

После загрузки нужно запустить его и выбрать «обновить этот компьютер сейчас».

Что будет, если выбрать «создать установочный диск для другого компьютера» написано в статье.

Нажимаем далее, начинается загрузка Windows 10. Ждем.

После этого откроется вот такое окно:

В нем нужно выбрать «я переустанавливаю Windows 10 на этом компьютере»

Внимательно читаем Лицензионное Соглашение. Если со всем согласны-принимаем его.

Начнется подготовка к установке Windows 10:

Вам будет представлена информация о том, до какой редакции Windows 10 будет обновлена текущая ОС и вы сможете выбрать, что вы хотите сохранить при обновлении:

Вот что можно сохранить:

Если вы не знаете, что выбрать, прочтите данную информацию:

Что можно сохранить при обновлении?

Это зависит от версии Windows, установленной на компьютере. При обновлении отображаются только доступные варианты. Среди них могут быть следующие.

В этом случае сохраняются пользовательские параметры, такие как специальные возможности, фон рабочего стола, ссылки на избранные веб-сайты и журнал.

В этом случае сохраняются все файлы из папки пользователя, например папки «Документы» и «Рабочий стол» и их содержимое.

В этом случае сохраняются приложения, которые будут работать после обновления. Чтобы получить отчет об установленных на компьютере приложениях и определить, какие из них будут работать и дальше, перед началом обновления запустите помощник по обновлению, который доступен по адресу (для запуска помощника вам понадобится закрыть программу установки). Некоторые приложения смогут работать после обновления, но их надо будет переустановить. В отчете будет представлен список таких приложений. Чтобы переустановить приложения, потребуется исходный установочный носитель.

Примечание. При обновлении с Windows 7 до Windows 8.1 вариант «Приложения» не отображается, и все приложения необходимо будет переустановить с исходного установочного носителя.

Если вы собираетесь выбрать вариант Ничего, прежде чем продолжить, сделайте следующее.

Примечание. Если для входа в систему вы используете сканер отпечатков пальцев или другое биометрическое устройство, запишите ваш пароль. При первом входе в Windows после обновления до версии Windows 8.1 понадобится ввести имя пользователя и пароль.

После того, как вы нажмете на кнопку далее начнется обновление текущей ОС до Windows 10.

Компьютер при этом несколько раз перезагрузится

Когда Windows 10 установится, она поприветствует вас и выполнит последние настройки:

На данном этапе вы можете самостоятельно настроить некоторые параметры ОС:

А вот и Windows 10!

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Frequently Asked Questions: Windows 10

Technical Level : Basic

Summary
Windows 10 was launched on July 29th 2015. This unofficial FAQ is intended to provide details and clarification about Windows 10. Windows 10 includes a streamlined user interface that spans Desktop and Mobile devices in addition to the company’s popular gaming console, the XBOX One. Microsoft also revealed new projects such as a next generation web browser called Edge, virtual reality technology Windows HoloLens, collaboration solution called Surface Hub, support for IoT solutions such as Rasphberry PI and availability.

UPDATE: If you are still running an older version of Windows, such as Windows 7, Windows 8.0 or Windows 8.1, you can still get Windows 10 for free, learn how:

UPDATE: Due to the length of this article, navigating and finding the information you need might be tedious. Utilize the search command (normally Control + F) in your favorite web browser to find the appropriate answer.

UPDATE: If you recently upgraded to the Windows 10 Anniversary Update or you are experiencing trouble getting the upgrade to install, be sure to check out the following article for Questions, Issues and Answers:

UPDATE: For the latest information about the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, please review the latest FAQ.

What is Windows 10?

Windows 10 is the name for Microsoft’s next generation client operating system.

What happened to Windows 9?

There was never a Windows 9, Microsoft skipped this number and went to 10 instead. Company officials decided to choose 10 because they believe this release is a ‘Perfect 10’ and to also signify this is the last major release of Windows. There will still be revisions of Windows 10 called Feature Updates, just don’t expect there to be a Windows 11, Windows 12 etc. Initially revealed at BUILD 2014 as a minor update called ‘Threshold’, Windows 10 was originally intended be a minor Update 2 for Windows 8.1. Somewhere along the way, plans changed and the operating system evolved into the major revision we have today.

When will Windows 10 officially become available?

Microsoft launched Windows 10 world wide on July 29th 2015 at 12 AM EST. This is what Microsoft Program Manager for Windows, Terry Myerson had to say:

We continue to make great development progress and shared today that Windows 10 will be available this summer in 190 countries and 111 languages.

What is the build number of the public release?

Build 15063 current

How do I know which build of Windows 10 I have installed?

Is build 10240 of Windows 10 made available July 29th 2015 recommended for everyday use?

The Windows 10 (which was made available to the general public on July 29th 2015) is a complete copy of the software that is designated as ready and fit for use in production environments. To reach this milestone, a particular build has to go through a series of thorough regression test and optimizations to reach a level of quality satisfactory for production. Unlike pre-release builds of Windows 10 the Windows 10 available today does not expire.

Please note, 10240 has been succeeded by newer Feature Updates.

What does RTM mean?

RTM means Release to Manufacturing; which is a milestone in software development. Not specifically relevant to Windows 10, but symbolically in the past, it determined when a build is ready for production environments where it can be deployed and be used for everyday computing and preloaded on new computers.

Does Windows 10 require a Touch Screen?

No, Windows 10 works just fine with mouse and keyboard. If you have a standard LCD or CRT monitor, it works just fine with that too.

Is the Start Screen still available in Windows 10?

Have the touch features been removed from Windows 10?

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No, they are there for devices that support it.

Will I need to be connected to the Internet in order to use Windows 10?

Windows 10 does not require an active Internet connection for everyday use. It works just fine offline and you can do everything you would normally do in Windows 7 or earlier.

I have multiple computers, do I have to download Windows 10 on each computer?

Please note,you can use the Media Creation Tool to create bootable media that can upgrade different versions, editions and architectures of Windows. This will require a USB thumb drive with at least 16 GBs of space.

Please note: The copy of Windows 10 you download must correspond with the edition of Windows you are upgrading from:

Does Windows 10 support Windows Server 2003 Domains?

I am currently dual booting Windows and Linux; will the upgrade to Windows 10 affect my Linux installation?

I am on a slow connection, what options do I have?

I don’t have a reliable Internet connection, suppose my computer is disconnected from the Internet during the download?
You will have to start the download again if you are downloading from Windows Update or you will need to redownload the ISO file.

How do I troubleshoot Windows 10 installation messages?

Will I have the option of choosing a different drive or partition where I want the upgrade installed?

With the full version of Windows 10, yes, you can perform a custom install by choosing which partition or drive you would like to install it on it on.

I am dual booting with another edition of Windows, will upgrading affect the other installation?

No, it will not affect the other operating system, only the version of Windows from which the upgrade is initiated will be replaced.

Will upgrading to Windows 10 affect other drives or partitions or files in those partitions in my computer?

No, only the drive where the upgrade is initiated from will be affected. You can always disconnect non-system drives as a precaution.

I want to dual boot instead of replace my current version of Windows.

If you need to install Windows 10 on a separate hard disk or partition, you will need to purchase a full license.

Retail pricing information:

Please note the Windows 10 Pro Pack can only be used to upgrade Windows 10 Home.

I want to try Windows 10 out before upgrading or buying it:

I want to switch from my currently installed architecture when migrating to Windows 10. Do I have that option with the free upgrade offer?

Which edition of Windows 10 will be installed?

When you upgrade, you’ll stay on like-to-like editions of Windows. For example, Windows 7 Home Premium will upgrade to Windows 10 Home.

From Edition To Edition
Windows 7 Starter Windows 10 Home
Windows 7 Home Basic
Windows 7 Home Premium
Windows 7 Professional Windows 10 Pro
Windows 7 Ultimate
From Edition To Edition
Windows Phone 8.1 5 Windows 10 Mobile
Windows 8.1 4 Windows 10 Home
Windows 8.1 Pro Windows 10 Pro
Windows 8.1 Pro for Students

“N” and “KN” editions follow the upgrade path of the parent edition (e.g., Windows 7 Professional N upgrades to Windows 10 Pro N).

Resources:

Will my Antivirus be compatible with Windows 10?

Most likely not. Windows 10 will require that you have a version of your Antivirus or other security software that is designed for Windows 10. It is recommended that you uninstall your current Antivirus before intiating the upgrade. If you have a subscription that has not expired, contact the developer to find out about Windows 10 support. Most Antivirus utilities should be upgraded by the time Windows 10 launches. If your subscription is still active, then you should be entitled to a compatible update for Windows 10.

Can I choose a different language during the upgrade?

Cross language upgrades are not supported, the free upgrade will be installed in your local language.

In fact, you should uninstall any language packs before upgrading. For example, if the default language your copy of Windows 7 Ultimate was installed in is French and you added a English Language Pack; you will need to install a language pack for English after setup is complete if you are upgraded to Windows 10 Pro. If you have Windows 10 Home installed you will need to install the Windows 10 Pro Pack ($99) using Easy Upgrade then download the English Language Pack.

Which languages will Windows 10 be 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), Ukrainian (Ukraine)

Additional languages available as Language Interface Packs

I heard that Windows 10 will work on my phone?

Not just any phone. Windows 10 will be available to existing smartphones running Windows Phone 8.1.

Is there a list of supported phones?

So there is not going to be a separate Windows 10?

No, just Windows 10, whether its a Tablet, PC, Phone.

How will I get the update on my phone?

Do Windows Phone devices qualify for this free upgrade?

Yes. We are working with Windows Phone 8.1 partners to make the Windows 10 upgrade available to most phones later this year.****

Does Windows 10 require product activation?

Yes, you will need to activate Windows 10.

What are some of the new improvements in Windows 10?

Which features will be removed when I upgrade from a previous version of Windows?

Feature deprecation section

Source:

Is Media Center supported in Windows 10?

No. Persons who need to use Media Center should consider carefully before upgrading from their previous version of Windows. The Windows 10 upgrade will automatically remove any installations of Media Center.

So what are the alternatives if I need Media Center?

Your best option is to continue running your existing version of Windows with Media Center.

Will Windows Media Center be available in Windows 10?

Windows Media Center is not part of Windows 10 and won’t be available after upgrading to Windows 10. If you use Windows Media Center, we will alert you during upgrade that Windows Media Center is not available on Windows 10. We know that some users use Windows Media Center to play DVDs, and we are providing a free DVD playback app in Windows 10 for Windows Media Center users.

Are there any alternatives to Windows Media Center?

If you need the PVR (personal video recorder) features in Windows Media Center, then Media Portal is one alternative. If you just want a simple video player, I like MPC-HC (Media Player Classic – Home Cinema), but VLC will do the job. All three are open source and free.

Is Windows Live Mail versions 2009, 2011, 2012 compatible with Windows 10?

Please note, Microsoft will be removing support for Windows Essentials in January of 2017.

I use Windows Virtual PC with Windows XP Mode. What will happen to them if I upgrade to Windows 10?

Please note your existing Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode will not work in Windows 10.

You can review the following as a possible work around if you need to.

Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Enterprise/Education includes a built in Hypervisor called Hyper-V which you can use to setup virtual machines.

Please note, Hyper-V does not include a Windows license, you will need to provide and install your own.

Is Windows Media Player still available in Windows 10?

What happens to my previous operating system when I upgrade to Windows 10?

Windows 10 replaces your previous version of Windows by moving it to the Windows.old folder. Windows 10 becomes the default operating system.

Can I uninstall Windows 10 if I do not like it or something goes wrong?

Please note: starting with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, you have only 10 days to rollback.

What happens to the recovery partition used by my previous version of Windows?
In some cases, it might become inoperable. That is why it is strongly advised you backup before upgrading.

Suppose I need to go back to Windows 8 or Windows 7?
You will either need to have recovery media or request recovery media from the manufacturer of your computer or try rolling back within the first 10 days of upgrading.

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Will upgrading from Windows 7 or later preserve my personal files, applications and settings?

Yes, upgrading from Windows 7 or a later version will preserve your personal files (documents, music, pictures, videos, downloads, favorites, emails, contacts etc, applications (ie. Microsoft Office, Adobe applications etc), games and settings (ie. passwords, custom dictionary, application settings).

Will my existing programs, hardware and drivers work on Windows 10?

Most applications and hardware drivers designed for Windows 7 or later should work with Windows 10. Of course, with significant changes in Windows 10, it is best you contact the software developer and hardware vendor to find out about support for Windows 10. Windows 10 setup will keep, upgrade, replace and might require that you install new drivers through Windows Update or from the manufacturers website.

Installing drivers through Windows Update

Windows Update is the premier starting point to resolve most common driver issues you might experience immediately after installing Windows 10.

Simply launch it from Start > Settings > Update and Security and click Check for Updates

Click Check for updates (make sure you have an active Internet connection).

Immediately, Windows Update will detect your system configuration and download all the appropriate drivers for your system. As you can see in the above screenshot, my Intel HD 3000 Graphics was installed automatically. I did not even have to reboot the system. In addition to that other hardware components were also detected and installed which includes my LAN adapter and card reader.

How will I know if my computer can run Windows 10?

If you want to upgrade to Windows 10 on your PC or tablet, here’s what it takes.

Latest OS: Make sure you are running the latest version either Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 Update.

For Windows 8.1, see the following article:

For Windows 7, see the following article:

Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC

RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit
Hard disk space: 16 GB for 32-bit OS 20 GB for 64-bit OS
Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
Display: 1024×600

How much actual free disk space is required by Windows 10 setup?

Windows 10 uses approximately 10 GBs of disk space. The minimum disk space available is to facilitate the installation process. Some install files are compressed and need to be expanded during setup. Some files are temporary and are deleted during or after installation. Also, because you might have data and apps on the hard disk, they will be moved around during migration.

Learn more:

Which editions of Windows 10 Support Multiple processors?

Windows 10 Home only supports one physical CPU.

Windows 10 Pro, Pro Edu, Education, Business and Enterprise supports multiple CPUs.

My Tablet does not have 16 or 20 GBs of free space and I am not able to free up any additional space. What should I do?

Windows 10 will support systems with compressed installations. Windows 10 can upgrade such systems with as little as 8.5 GBs of free space.

Will Windows 10 require UEFI and Secure Boot?

No, Windows 10 works just fine on legacy BIOS systems. New devices that that come preinstalled with Windows 10 later this summer must have UEFI by default and Secure Boot enabled at the factory.

Does this mean I won’t be able to dual boot with alternative operating systems and older versions of Windows?

Not necessarily, even though Secure Boot is enabled by default, you can still disable it in order to accommodate older versions of Windows or alternative operating systems.

I notice there was no mention of ARM or Windows RT devices, will there be Windows 10 support?

If you’re running Windows RT, your device won’t upgrade to Windows 10, but an update will be provided around the time of Windows 10 release.

Will I be able to purchase Windows 10 on DVD?

I heard Microsoft representatives mention they are moving to a servicing model for Windows 10, does that mean Windows 10 is going to require a subscription?

No, Windows 10 remains a perpetual license, which means, you can upgrade to Windows 10 and use it forever without it expiring or going into any reduced functional mode.

Are you saying there will be no more versions of Windows after Windows 10?

Microsoft is moving Windows to a servicing model with Windows 10. The days of major revisions or what are called big bang releases are no more. As Microsoft Program Manager for Windows Terry Myerson described it:

This is more than a one-time upgrade: once a Windows device is upgraded to Windows 10, we will continue to keep it current for the supported lifetime of the device – at no additional charge. With Windows 10, the experience will evolve and get even better over time. We’ll deliver new features when they’re ready, not waiting for the next major release. We think of Windows as a Service – in fact, one could reasonably think of Windows in the next couple of years as one of the largest Internet services on the planet.

And just like any Internet service, the idea of asking «What version are you on?» will cease to make sense – which is great news for our Windows developers.

Will I have to pay for updates and fixes for Windows 10?
No, updates, fixes, security updates, features all remain free.

What does lifetime of the device mean?

The logical conclusion is as long as the machine is operable, Microsoft will continue to support it with updates. So, if the machine still works 5 or 10 years from now, revisions and updates to Windows 10 will be made available to it. Please note that Windows 10 uses the same life cycle policy of 5 years mainstream support and 5 years extended support.

What are the official upgrade paths to Windows 10?

Microsoft revealed in a Channel 9 Video the official upgrade paths to Windows 10:

When I upgrade a preinstalled (OEM) or retail version of Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 license to Windows 10, does that license remain OEM or become a retail license?

If you upgrade from a OEM or retail version of Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 to the free Windows 10 upgrade this summer, the license is consumed into it. Because the free upgrade is derived from the base qualifying license, Windows 10 will carry that licensing too.

If you upgrade from a retail version, it carries the rights of a retail version.

If you upgrade from a OEM version, it carries the rights of a OEM version.

Full version (Retail):

— Includes transfer rights to another computer.

— Doesn’t require a previous qualifying version of Windows.

Upgrade version (Retail):

— Includes transfer rights to another computer.

— require a previous qualifying version of Windows.

— Expensive, but cheaper than full version

OEM :

OEM versions of Windows are identical to Full License Retail versions except for the following:

— OEM versions do not offer any free Microsoft direct support from Microsoft support personnel

— OEM licenses are tied to the very first computer you install and activate it on

— OEM versions allow all hardware upgrades except for an upgrade to a different model motherboard

— OEM versions cannot be used to directly upgrade from an older Windows operating system

What happens if I change my motherboard?

As it pertains to the OEM license this will invalidate the Windows 10 upgrade license because it will no longer have a previous base qualifying license which is required for the free upgrade. You will then have to purchase a full retail Windows 10 license. If the base qualifying license (Windows 7 or Windows 8.1) was a full retail version, then yes, you can transfer it.

From the Windows 10 end user license agreement:

b. Stand-alone software. If you acquired the software as stand-alone software (and also if you upgraded from software you acquired as stand-alone software), you may transfer the software to another device that belongs to you. You may also transfer the software to a device owned by someone else if (i) you are the first licensed user of the software and (ii) the new user agrees to the terms of this agreement. You may use the backup copy we allow you to make or the media that the software came on to transfer the software. Every time you transfer the software to a new device, you must remove the software from the prior device. You may not transfer the software to share licenses between devices.

I am on a slow connection or I don’t have access to the Internet. Is there an option to request backup media?

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Microsoft says: «We’ll have options available for users who can’t download through Windows Update.» These options have yet to be announced.

Will users who take advantage of the upgrade offer for Windows 10 from Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 also be able to obtain recovery media?

Microsoft recently noted the following options available:

With Windows 10, you can create your own recovery media and back up the pristine state of the operating system and preinstalled software. If things go wrong and you are unable to refresh or reset your device successfully, you can boot the device using recovery media and reset to the prior pristine state.

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What happens if I reinstall Windows using the recovery partition?

Windows 10 will be reinstalled.

Will I get a product key, can I get a product key?

By default, Windows 10 builds are pre-keyed, meaning, you do not have to enter a product key and should not be prompted to enter one even after Windows 10 has completed setup.

When you upgraded from a previous version of Windows or receive a new computer preinstalled with Windows 10, what happened is the hardware (your PC) will get a digital entitlement, where a unique signature of the computer will be stored on Microsoft Activation Servers. The Windows 7 or Windows 8 genuine license you were previously running will be exchanged for a diagnostics key.

Anytime you need to reinstall Windows 10 on that machine, just proceed to reinstall Windows 10. It will automatically reactivate.

So, there is no need to know or get a product key, if you need to reinstall Windows 10, you can use your Windows 7 or Windows 8 product key or use the reset function in Windows 10.

If you are prompted to enter a product key, click ‘I don’t have a key’ and ‘Do this later’

Will ISO media be provided for the final release?

Yes, you will be able to download ISO media for Windows 10 RTM.

Please note, you might have to download the appropriate edition of Windows 10 for the version/edition of Windows you are upgrading. If you upgrade to the wrong edition, ie. Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 10 Pro, you will have to purchase a license for Windows 10 Pro or go back to Windows 7 Home Premium and upgrade to Windows 10 Home.

Suppose I need to reinstall Windows 10 a year or two from now or I install a new hard disk?

Windows 10 is registered to the device, not your hard disk. Just install a new hard disk and reinstall Windows 10 and it will reactivate automatically.

Does the ISO file support dual boot with another version of Windows?

You can download an ISO, but the installation must be performed from within a qualifying, genuine, activated version of Windows, either Windows 8.1, Windows 8.0, Windows 7 or Windows 10 Insider Preview. If you don’t, it won’t activate. Why? It has to do a compliance check against a qualifying operating system.

How many editions of Windows 10 are there?

Introducing Windows 10 Editions

As in the past, we will offer different Windows editions that are tailored for various device families and uses. These different editions address specific needs of our various customers, from consumers to small businesses to the largest enterprises.

Learn more:

How much RAM does each edition of Windows 10 support?

For a complete breakdown:

My system is eligible to upgrade to Windows 10 Home, but I want Pro instead.

You will need to purchase a Pro Pack license and perform an Easy Upgrade:

Can Easy Upgrade be used to upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise?

Yes, if have a genuine Windows 10 Enterprise product key, you can use it it with Easy Upgrade.

How much will Windows 10 cost if I need to perform a new installation on a PC without a qualifying license or on a blank partition?

Retail pricing information:

Please note the Windows 10 Pro Pack can only be used to upgrade a genuine, activated Windows 10 Home installation.

Is it true I cannot prevent automatic updates in Windows 10 Home and Pro?

Yes, updates can deferred in Windows 10 Pro, but not indefinitely.

Defer upgrades in Windows 10

Is there an option or work around to block updates or hardware drivers that might cause problems?

Yes, Microsoft has released a KB update (KB3073930) that will let users block or hide Windows or driver updates.

What does Windows as a Service entail?

Since the introduction of Windows Update as part of Windows, Microsoft has delivered updates as way to keep Windows updated and secure. This has always been the way the company keeps commercial versions of Windows on the market current.

With Windows 10, Microsoft is making significant changes to this model by delivering new methods of servicing Windows. Taking into account we now live in a mobile, constantly connected world, where threats happen all the time. Part of the solution to this is to keep users current by providing the latest updates as soon as they are available in addition to delivering features as soon as they ready too.

Microsoft will do this using three types of service branches for Windows 10:

Service Branch

Options

Edition

Current Branch for Business (CBB)

Long Term Servicing Branch (LTSB)

Can I schedule when Windows Updates are installed and will these required updates force restart my computer?

You can schedule when Updates are installed and no, updates do not force restart your computer.

Open the Notification icon from the Notification Area and click Don’t forget: a restart is scheduled.

Regarding the new servicing model for Windows 10, will Enterprise customers be required to adopt the rapid release cadence too?

No, Enterprise customers will continue to service and manage their Windows 10 clients the same way they do today. Here is what Terry Myerson had to say:

We understand that businesses require choice in how updates are delivered, and at what pace. So as I discussed on September 30th, with Windows 10, businesses will be able to pick the speed of innovation that is right for each group of their users, rather than rely on a one size fits all solution.

Business customers will be able to opt-in to the fast-moving consumer update pace, or lock-down mission critical environments to receive only security and critical updates to their systems. And businesses will have an additional option for systems that aren’t mission critical, but need to keep pace with the latest innovations while having the benefit to install updates after they have been tested in the broad market. And the choice isn’t one or the other for businesses; we expect that most corporations will require a mix of these options to accommodate their business scenarios. Take for example an investment bank, where mission critical systems on the trading floor receive only security updates, whereas mobile devices for financial advisors are kept up to date with the latest feature innovations – enabling the appropriate pace of updates for each device.

Will the new Microsoft Edge web browser replace Internet Explorer in Windows 10?

No, Windows 10 will continue to include an updated version of Internet Explorer 11 for compatibility with legacy web sites. Microsoft Edge is based on a new engine, so some older web sites will switch to the older Internet Explorer 11 engine for compatibility purposes.

I did a clean install of Windows 10 but cannot find Internet Explorer, what happened?

How does Windows 10 handle privacy?

Windows 10 includes a new Privacy setting so you can control how much information you share with Microsoft and apps installed on your computer. To adjust privacy settings, open Settings > Privacy.

Will non-genuine Windows licenses qualify for the Windows 10 upgrade?

The simple answer is no. This is what Terry Mason had to say:

Microsoft and our OEM partners know that many consumers are unwitting victims of piracy, and with Windows 10, we would like all of our customers to move forward with us together. While our free offer to upgrade to Windows 10 will not apply to Non-Genuine Windows devices, and as we’ve always done, we will continue to offer Windows 10 to customers running devices in a Non-Genuine state. In addition, in partnership with some of our valued OEM partners, we are planning very attractive Windows 10 upgrade offers for their customers running one of their older devices in a Non-Genuine state. Please stay tuned to learn more from our partners on the specifics of their offers.

Where can I get more information about Windows 10?

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