Windows 10 - the 7 versions and some ways upgrade ways



Oostdam logo Windows 10Upgrading towards a newer release on a Windows 10 Technical Preview can be difficult sometimes. Still, as I think this is one of Microsoft's best operating systems ever made and it's still getting better and better as the releases are going better and better, following each other up in a continuous delivery way that I have never seen before from a large company like Microsoft is. This new OS is going to give Microsoft it's boost for the next decade as it will become the single platform form device all over the world, from phone, laptop. personal computer, towards large screens, game consoles and other devices. Mark my word for it!

Last week, build 10122 of Windows Preview was release, and is is so stable now that we are almost RTM now. Despite of the unexpected AMD processor troubles, I'm very pleased with this version. Only a few minor adjustments will be made towards this version so it's time to take the next step and write an article on the Windows 10 versions which will become available and some upgrade suggestions. As long as we know until now, Microsoft has offered Windows in different editions that are tailored for various different use cases and scenarios, often within different features and possibilities and often with the same names as Home, Standard, Professional, or Enterprise. This has changed now a little bit, as Windows 10 is becoming one platform for multiple devices such as PCs, tablets, phones, Xbox's, Microsoft HoloLens and the new Surfacehub. It will also power the world around us, core to devices making up the Internet of Things (IoT), think about everything from elevators to ATM's, heart rate monitors & wearables. Let's start with the expected versions! This results in different Windows 10 editions address for and to specific needs of our various customer groups, from consumers to small businesses up to the largest enterprises.

• Windows 10 Home 
   the Windows 10 Home is the consumer-focused desktop edition, especially for non-domain and light desktop use.
• Windows 10 Mobile
  This Windows 10 Mobile version is designed to deliver the best user experience on smaller, mobile, touch-centric devices like smartphones and small tablets.
• Windows 10 Pro
   is a desktop edition for PCs, tablets and 2-in-1s. Building upon both the familiar and innovative features of Windows 10 Home, it has many extra features to meet the diverse needs of small businesses. Windows 10 Pro will add some management capabilities to the Windows 10 and also adds Windows Update for Business.
• Windows 10 Enterprise
   is in basic the extended Windows 10 Enterprise builds and features on Windows 10 Pro, adding advanced features designed to meet the demands of medium and large sized organizations. Windows 10 Enterprise will be available to Volume Licensing customers and adds some features such as Direct Access, Branch Cache and Windows Update for Business. With Windows 10 Enterprise customers will also get access to the Long Term Servicing Branch to better control deployment options for future updates.
• Windows 10 Education
   is the new full Windows 10 version, based on Windows 10 Enterprise, and it is designed to meet the needs of schools – staff, administrators, teachers and students. This edition will be available through academic Volume Licensing, and there will be paths for schools and students using Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro devices to upgrade to Windows 10 Education.
• Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise
   is designed to deliver the best customer experience to business customers on smartphones and small tablets. It will be available to our Volume Licensing customers. Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise will adds a flexible ways for businesses to manage updates.
• Windows 10 IoT
  is the small  Windows 10 version for different industry devices like ATMs, rteail point of sale, handheld terminals and industrial robotics and as well for IoT (Internet of Things) devices with a Windows 10 IoT Core edition.

Upgrade

As Microsoft  announced in January this year, for the first time ever, Microsoft is offering the full versions of Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10 Pro as a free and easy upgrade for qualifying Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices that upgrade in the first year after launch. Once you upgrade, you have Windows 10 for free on that device. In the Microsoft Partner Network Microsoft published some more information about the upgrade paths.

Microsoft will offer a free upgrade to Windows 10 for qualified Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices in the first year. After the first year, upgrades will be paid via boxed product and VL Upgrades.
•Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 7 Home Basic and Home Premium devices upgrade to Windows 10 Home
•Windows 8/8.1 Pro and Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate devices upgrade to Windows 10 Pro
•If upgraded within the first 12 months following launch, the device will receive ongoing Windows 10 updates for free for the life of that device
•Excludes Windows Enterprise and RT devices
•The free Windows 10 upgrade is delivered through Windows Update; domain-joined machines can manually get the update via Windows Update. The upgrade cannot be deployed through WSUS.

Windows Update for Business

At Ignite, Microsoft  announced the free Windows Update for Business service, available for all Windows Pro and Windows Enterprise devices, designed to help organisations keep their Windows devices always up to date with the latest security and features. In case you missed it, check out the blog, Announcing Windows Update for Business for what the service will provide.





The error text says it all. Your microphone isn't working the way and Cortana isn't able to use it. In the upgrade process towards build 9926 a lot of drivers are being installed and updated automatically. On this error it didn't. To solve this issue, upgrade the driver of your microphone in the device center. Most of the times it will be vendor specific, play around with it a little and try downloading an earlier version for Windows 7 or 8. Check the configuration and test the microphone from the sound center as well. If this error remains, try a universal driver or the basic Realtek drivers. Most of the time this is sufficient, otherwise let me know which device you are experiencing troubles with. I will be glad to help you.

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Ben Oostdam picture - afbeeldingBen Oostdam has been working with Windows systems since 1993. Started shortly with Windows NT 4, worked for several companies as a system administrator, and is currently a Senior System Engineer for a High Quality service organization in the Netherlands.

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