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Windows 10 Forum FAQ

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  • Am I in the right place to ask my question about Windows 10?

    • If you are an IT professional or if you have a question about administering, managing, or deploying Windows 10 in your organization or business, you can ask your question here in the Windows 10 IT Professional TechNet Forums.
    • If you are an end-user or if you have a question about using Windows 10, your question may be better suited to the Windows 10 Microsoft Community forums. If you have a question about Windows Store, your Microsoft Account, using apps downloaded from the Windows Store, you should also ask your question at Microsoft Community.
    • If you have a question about developing apps for Windows 10, your question is best suited for the MSDN Forums.
    • If you have a question about Internet Explorer, you can ask your question at Internet Explorer on the TechNet Forums.

    Where can I get Windows 10 Enterprise?

    If you have Windows volume licenses with Software Assurance, or if you have purchased 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.

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

    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. You can find the requirements for Windows 10 here.

    Important: For 64-bit installations, a small number of older PCs may be blocked from installation because they don't support CMPXCHG16b, PrefetchW, and LAHF/SAHF.

    Can I evaluate Windows 10 Enterprise?

    Yes, a 90-day evaluation of Windows 10 Enterprise is available through the TechNet Evaluation Center.

    We 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.

    Can I use Windows 10 Enterprise as a member of the Windows Insider Program after July 29, 2015?

    Windows 10 Insider Preview expires October 1, 2015. If you’re running Insider Preview, we'll send you notifications beginning on September 15, 2015 to remind you that it’s 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.

    Are ISOs available for Windows 10?

    Yes, ISOs are available for Windows 10. You can use the media creation tool on the software download site to create an ISO in these situations:

    • You have a Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 system with a retail or OEM license and you want to participate in the Get Windows 10 upgrade offer.
    • You have purchased a retail copy of Windows 10 from a store.
    • You have a computer that came with Windows 10 preinstalled.

    For computers licensed under a volume license agreement, you can get ISOs through the Volume Licensing Service Center.

    What deployment tools are available for Windows 10?

    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 using the in-place upgrade process without a need to reimage the device. Using System Center Configuration Manager this upgrade can be managed 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.

    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 MDT or SCCM. 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?

    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.


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    Tuesday, July 28, 2015 9:24 PM