Windows 10 is an new big update from Windows 8.1, it’s an early look at some of the features and functionality in store for Windows 10, the next version of the Windows client operating system. Windows 10 brings back the start menu which was removed in previous Windows release. Windows 10 can be downloaded directly from Microsoft website, it can be used to download the following editions of Windows 10 – Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Home N, Windows 10 Home Single Language, Windows 10 Pro and Windows Pro N.
Windows 10 also delivers one universal app platform, one security model, and one deployment and management approach. With the convergence of our platforms, that unified experience scales across devices. From the small, thin and light – up to the largest and most powerful laptops, desktops and all-in-one PCs. Windows 10 even scales to industry and ruggedized devices, purpose-built industry solutions, small foot print devices (Internet of Things) and all the way up to 85” touch-screen conference room displays.
You can upgrade to the Windows 10 on PCs running Windows 7 (including Windows 7 SP1), Windows 8, or Windows 8.1.
In Technical Preview, you’ll find lots of updates to features that your users will enjoy. You’ll find easier ways to get and use apps, find and manage files, and personalize and change settings. Users can choose either the Start menu or the Start screen. For organizations running Windows 7, the Start menu will be familiar and welcoming. You don’t have to worry about retraining your staff to learn new ways of working with Windows.
Windows 10 also introduces a number of advancements in security and identity protection features that are easy to manage and don’t compromise the user experience. One such advancement is the work we have done to create user identities for accessing devices, apps and sites that improve resistance to breach, theft or phishing. This approach is important because it takes the concept of multi-factor solutions such as smartcards or token-based system and builds it right into the operating system, in turn also eliminating the need for extra security hardware peripherals.
Everything runs in a window: Apps from the Windows Store now open in the same format that desktop apps do and can be resized and moved around, and have title bars at the top allowing for maximize, minimize, and close with a click.
Snap enhancements: You can now have four apps snapped on the same screen with a new quadrant layout. Windows will also show other apps and programs running for additional snapping and even make smart suggestions on filling available screen space with other open apps.
New task view button: There’s a new task-view button on the taskbar for quick switching between open files and quick access to any desktops you create.
Multiple desktops: Create desktops for different purposes and projects and switch between these desktops easily and pick up where you left off on each desktop.
Find files faster: File Explorer now displays your recent files and frequently visited folders making for finding files you’ve worked on is easier.
Windows 10 Home is designed for use in PCs, tablets, and 2-in-1s. It includes all consumer-directed features and is the equivalent to basic Windows 8, 8.1, Windows 7 Home Basic, and Home Premium. In Windows 10 Home, it is not possible to make changes to how the Windows Update works. It is automatic, and one cannot choose which updates will be downloaded and installed. It is possible to postpone the restart of the system, but after some time, the system will restart on its own.
In comparison, in Windows Pro and Enterprise, there is an option to postpone updates completely. You will able to customize it further. System will ask the user which updates they wish to download. However, in Windows 10 Home, you will not be able to do that.
Windows 10 Pro is comparable with Windows 8 Pro, Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate, and Windows Vista Business and Ultimate. It builds on the Home edition and adds features essential for businesses, and functionally equivalent to Windows 8.1 Pro.
Windows 10 Enterprise provides all the features of Windows 10 Pro, with additional features to assist with IT-based organizations. And is functionally equivalent to Windows 8.1 Enterprise.
Windows 10 Enterprise 2016 LTSB (Long Term Servicing Branch) is like Windows 10 Enterprise but will not receive any feature updates. It gives companies more control over the update process and is the most stripped down edition of Windows 10 available.
- Processor: 1 GHz or faster
- RAM: 1 GB (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
- Disk space: 16 GB free space
- Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device, with WDDM driver
- Screen resolution: 1024 x 768
- A Microsoft account and Internet access
Homepage – https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows
Direct Download Tools & Website Link from Microsoft:
1. Windows 10 Installation Media Tool:
The Windows Media Creation Tool will allow you to download the Windows 10 ISO directly from Microsoft, without having a product key. You can use it to clean install or Upgrade to Windows 10. It can be used to download the following editions of Windows 10 – Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Home N, Windows 10 Home Single Language, Windows 10 Pro and Windows Pro N.
The tool includes file formats optimized for download speed, built-in media creation options for USB & DVDs, and allows for optional conversion to ISO file format. There are two versions of the tool available – a 32-bit version and a 64-bit version. Download the appropriate version of the tool and run it.
When you run the tool, it creates two directories on your system partition – $WINDOWS.~BT and $Windows.~WS. These folders contain the downloaded setup and installation files, and an option to resume the creation process if it fails.