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On November 16, Microsoft announced the availability of Windows 10 version 21H2, known as the November Update. But the launch of a major Windows 10 update isn’t the end of a process — it’s really just the beginning. As soon as one of Microsoft’s twice-yearly feature updates is released, the company quickly gets to work on improving it by fixing bugs, releasing security patches, and occasionally adding new features.

In this story we summarize what you need to know about each update released to the public for the most recent versions of Windows 10 — versions 21H2, 21H1, 20H2, and (Microsoft releases updates for those four versions together.) For each build, we’ve included the date of its initial release and a link to Microsoft’s announcement about it. The most recent updates appear first.

Note that Microsoft has not yet begun actively pushing Windows 10 21H2 to most users. You can seek out and install the release on your PC, but why rush things? In fact, we recommend keeping 21H2 off your machine for now to avoid any bugs that may crop up with the new release.

If you’re still using an earlier version of Windows 10 or of Windows, see the Microsoft support site for info about updates to Windows 10 , , , , , , , , the initial version of Windows 10 released in July , Windows , and Windows 7.

And if you’re looking for information about Insider Program previews for upcoming feature releases of Windows 10, see “Windows 10 Insider Previews: A guide to the builds.”

Windows 10 November Update (version 21H2)

Release date: November 16,

Version 21H2, called the Windows 10 November Update, is the second feature update to Windows 10 released in Here’s a quick summary of what’s new:

  • Wi-Fi security has been enhanced with WPA3 H2E standards support.
  • GPU compute support has been added in the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) and Azure IoT Edge for Linux on Windows (EFLOW) deployments for machine learning and other compute-intensive workflows.

There are also a number of features designed for IT and business:

  • Windows Hello for Business has a new deployment method called cloud trust that simplifies passwordless deployments.
  • For increased security, there have been changes to the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) VPN APIs, which includes the ability to implement common web-based authentication schemes and to reuse existing protocols.
  • Apps can now be provisioned from Azure Virtual Desktop. This allows those apps to run just like local apps, including the ability to copy and paste between remote and local apps.
  • The release closes the gap between Group Policy and mobile device management (MDM) settings. The device configuration settings catalog has been updated to list more than 1, settings previously not available for configuration via MDM. The new MDM policies include administrative template (ADMX) policies, such as App Compat, Event Forwarding, Servicing, and Task Scheduler.
  • An upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise includes Universal Print, which now supports print jobs of up to 1GB or a series of print jobs from an individual user that add up to 1GB within any minute period.
  • Universal Print integrates with OneDrive for web and Excel for web. This allows users of any browser or device connected to the internet to print documents hosted in OneDrive for web to a printer in their organization without installing printer drivers on their devices.

Microsoft has also announced that starting with this release, Windows 10 will get feature updates only once a year.

Updates to Windows 10 versions , 20H2, and 21H1

KB (OS Builds , , and )

Release date: November 9,

This update makes quality improvements to the servicing stack, which is the component that installs Windows updates. The build also includes a wide variety of security updates. For details, see Microsoft’s Security Update Guide and the November Security Update notes.

What IT needs to know: Because this is a security update, it should be applied relatively soon. Over the next few weeks, check for reports about problematic issues, and if all seems well, apply the update.

There are three known issues in this update, including one in which devices with Windows installations created from custom offline media or a custom ISO image might have Microsoft Edge Legacy removed by this update, but not automatically replaced by the new Microsoft Edge.

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Release date: October 26,

This update makes quality improvements to the servicing stack, which is the component that installs Windows updates. It also fixes a wide variety of bugs, including one that prevented subtitles from displaying for some video apps and streaming video sites, and another that sometimes caused lock screen backgrounds to appear black if they were set up to have a slideshow of pictures as the lock screen background.

There are three known issues in this update, including one in which devices with Windows installations created from custom offline media or custom ISO image might have Microsoft Edge Legacy removed by this update, but not automatically replaced by the new Microsoft Edge.

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Release date: October 12,

This update makes quality improvements to the servicing stack, which is the component that installs Windows updates. It also fixes a bug that prevented some applications, such as Microsoft Office and Adobe Reader, from opening or caused them to stop responding.

The build also includes a wide variety of security updates. For details, see Microsoft’s Security Update Guide and the October Security Update notes.

What IT needs to know: Because this is a security update, it should be applied relatively soon. Over the next few weeks, check for reports about problematic issues, and if all seems well, apply the update.

There are two known issues in this update, including one in which devices with Windows installations created from custom offline media or a custom ISO image might have Microsoft Edge Legacy removed by this update, but not automatically replaced by the new Microsoft Edge.

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KB (OS Builds , , and ) Preview

Release date: September 30,

This build fixes a small number of bugs, including one in which applications such as Microsoft Outlook suddenly stopped working during normal use, and another that caused blurry News and Interests icons with certain screen resolutions.

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Release date: September 14,

This update makes quality improvements to the servicing stack, which is the component that installs Windows updates. It also fixes a bug that caused PowerShell to create an infinite number of child directories. The issue occurred when you used the PowerShell Move-Item command to move a directory to one of its children. As a result, the volume filled up and the system stopped responding.

The build also includes a wide variety of security updates. For details, see Microsoft’s Security Update Guide.

What IT needs to know: Because this is a security update, it should be applied relatively soon. Over the next few weeks, check for reports about problematic issues, and if all seems well, apply the update.

There are two known issues in this update, including one in which devices with Windows installations created from custom offline media or custom ISO image might have Microsoft Edge Legacy removed by this update, but not automatically replaced by the new Microsoft Edge.

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KB (OS Builds , , and )

Release date: September 1,

This build fixes a wide variety of bugs, including one that reset syncing for Microsoft OneDrive to “Known folders only” after you installed a Windows update, and another in which flickering and residual line artifacts appeared when resizing images.

The build also includes more than 1, new mobile device management (MDM) policies. With them, you can configure policies that Group Policies also support. These new MDM policies include administrative template (ADMX) policies, such as App Compat, Event Forwarding, Servicing, and Task Scheduler. Starting in September , you can use the Microsoft Endpoint Manager (MEM) Settings Catalog to configure these new MDM policies.

There are several known issues in this update, including one in which devices with Windows installations created from custom offline media or custom ISO images might have Microsoft Edge Legacy removed by this update, but not automatically replaced by the new Microsoft Edge.

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Release date: August 10,

This build changes the default privilege requirement for installing drivers when using Point and Print. After installing this update, you must have administrative privileges to install drivers. See KB, Point and Print Default Behavior Change, and CVE for more information. The build also makes quality improvements to the servicing stack, which is the component that installs Windows updates.

The build also includes a wide variety of security updates. For details, see Microsoft’s Security Update Guide.

What IT needs to know: Because this is a security update, it should be applied relatively soon. Over the next few weeks, check for reports about problematic issues, and if all seems well, apply the update.

There are several known issues in this update, including one in which devices with Windows installations created from custom offline media or custom ISO image might have Microsoft Edge Legacy removed by this update, but not automatically replaced by the new Microsoft Edge.

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Release date: July 29,

This build fixes a wide variety of bugs, including one that caused the File Explorer window to lose focus when mapping a network drive, another that failed to detect internet connectivity when connected to a VPN, and another that caused System Integrity to leak memory.

There are several known issues in this update, including one in which devices with Windows installations created from custom offline media or a custom ISO image might have Microsoft Edge Legacy removed by this update, but not automatically replaced by the new Microsoft Edge.

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Release date: July 13,

This build fixes several bugs, including one that made it difficult to print to a variety of printers, primarily USB receipt or label printers. It also removes support for the PerformTicketSignature setting and permanently enables Enforcement mode for CVE

It also has a variety of security updates for Windows Apps, Windows Management, Windows Fundamentals, Windows Authentication, Windows User Account Control (UAC), Operating System Security, Windows Virtualization, Windows Linux, the Windows Kernel, the Microsoft Scripting Engine, the Windows HTML Platforms, the Windows MSHTML Platform, and Windows Graphics.

For more details, see Microsoft’s Security Update Guide.

What IT needs to know: Because this is a security update, it should be applied relatively soon. Over the next few weeks, check for reports about problematic issues, and if all seems well, apply the update.

There are several known issues in this update, including one in which devices with Windows installations created from custom offline media or custom ISO images might have Microsoft Edge Legacy removed by this update, but not automatically replaced by the new Microsoft Edge.

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KB (OS Builds , , and )

Release date: July 6,

This build closes a remote code execution exploit in the Windows Print Spooler service, known as “PrintNightmare,” as documented in CVE

What IT needs to know: Because this is a security update, it should be applied relatively soon. Over the next few weeks, check for reports about problematic issues, and if all seems well, apply the update.

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KB (OS Builds , , and )

Release date: June 29,

This out-of-band build fixes a bug that may prevent you from opening PDFs using Internet Explorer 11 or apps that use the bit version of the WebBrowser control.

Among the build’s known issues are one in which when using the Microsoft Japanese Input Method Editor (IME) to enter Kanji characters in an app that automatically allows the input of Furigana characters, you might not get the correct Furigana characters. You might need to enter the characters manually.

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KB (OS Builds , , and )

Release date: June 21,

This build addresses about three dozen bugs, including one in which signing in using a PIN fails, and another that might cause a VPN to fail after renewing a user auto-enrolled certificate. It also removes Adobe Flash from your PC and makes improvements to the servicing stack, the component that installs Windows updates.

Among the build’s known issues are one in which when using the Microsoft Japanese Input Method Editor (IME) to enter Kanji characters in an app that automatically allows the input of Furigana characters, you might not get the correct Furigana characters. You might need to enter the characters manually.

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KB (OS Builds , , and )

Release date: June 11,

This out-of-band build fixes a bug that might redirect you to the Microsoft Store page for Gaming Services when you try to install or start an Xbox Game Pass game on your Windows 10 device. Additionally, you might receive error 0xD26 or 0xF. For more information, see KB

In addition, the build makes improvements to the servicing stack, the component that installs Windows updates.

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Release date: June 8,

This build includes improvements to the servicing stack, which is the component that installs Windows updates. It also includes changes for verifying user names and passwords and for storing and managing files.

It also has a variety of security updates to the Microsoft Scripting Engine, Windows App Platform and Frameworks, Windows Input and Composition, Windows Management, Windows Cloud Infrastructure, Windows Authentication, Windows Fundamentals, Windows Virtualization, Windows Kernel, Windows HTML Platform, and Windows Storage and Filesystems.

For more details, see Microsoft’s Security Update Guide.

What IT needs to know: Because this is a security update, it should be applied relatively soon. Over the next few weeks, check for reports about problematic issues, and if all seems well, apply the update.

There are several known issues in this update, including one in which system and user certificates might be lost when updating a device from Windows 10 version or later to a later version of Windows Devices using Windows Update for Business or that connect directly to Windows Update are not impacted.

What IT needs to know: Because this is a security update, it should be applied relatively soon. Over the next few weeks, check for reports about problematic issues, and if all seems well, apply the update.

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KB (OS Builds , , and ) Preview

Release date: May 25,

This build adds the Open on hover option (which is checked by default) to the News and interests menu. To access it, right-click a blank space on the Windows taskbar and open the News and interests menu.

In addition, it makes quality improvements to the servicing stack, which is the component that installs Windows updates. It also includes a wide variety of small bug fixes, including one that displayed items on the desktop after they have been deleted from the desktop, and another that caused configuration problems with devices that were configured using mobile device management (MDM) RestrictedGroups, LocalUsersAndGroups, or UserRights policies.

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Windows 10 May Update (version 21H1)

Release date: May 18,

Version 21H1, called the Windows 10 May Update, is the most recent update to Windows This is a relatively minor update, but it does have a few new features.

Here’s a quick summary of what’s new in 21H1:

  • Windows Hello multicamera support: If you have an external Windows Hello camera for your PC, you can set the external camera as your default camera. (Windows Hello is used for signing into PCs.) Why should this change matter to you? If you have an external camera, you probably bought it because it’s superior to the built-in, internal one on your computer. So with this change, you’ll be able to use the more accurate camera for logging into your PC.
  • Improved Windows Defender Application Guard performance: Windows Defender Application Guard lets administrators configure applications to run in an isolated, virtualized container for improved security. With this change, documents will open more quickly. It can currently take up to a minute to open an Office document in it.
  • Better Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) Group Policy Service support: Microsoft has made it easier for administrators to change settings to support remote work.

Updates to Windows 10 versions and 20H2 prior to the 21H1 release

KB (OS Builds and )

Release date: May 11,

This build includes a variety of security updates for Windows App Platform and Frameworks, the Windows Kernel, Windows Media, the Microsoft Scripting Engine, and the Windows Silicon Platform. For more details, see Microsoft’s Security Update Guide. It also updates security for Bluetooth drivers and Windows OLE (compound documents).

There are several known issues in this update, including one in which system and user certificates might be lost when updating a device from Windows 10 version or later to a later version of Windows Devices using Windows Update for Business or that connect directly to Windows Update are not impacted.

What IT needs to know: Because this is a security update, it should be applied relatively soon. Over the next few weeks, check for reports about problematic issues, and if all seems well, apply the update.

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KB (OS Builds and ) Preview

Release date: April 28,

This update gives you quick access to an integrated feed of dynamic content, such as news, weather, sports, and more, that updates throughout the day, via the Windows taskbar. You can personalize the feed to match your interests. For more details, see Microsoft’s Personalized content at a glance: Introducing news and interests on the Windows 10 taskbar.

There are several known issues in this update, including one in which system and user certificates might be lost when updating a device from Windows 10 version or later to a later version of Windows In addition, devices with Windows installations created from custom offline media or custom ISO images might have the legacy version of Microsoft Edge removed by the update, but not automatically replaced by the new Microsoft Edge.

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KB (OS Builds and )

Release date: April 13,

This update includes a wide variety of security updates, for Windows App Platform and Frameworks, Windows Apps, Windows Input and Composition, Windows Office Media, Windows Fundamentals, Windows Cryptography, the Windows AI Platform, Windows Kernel, Windows Virtualization, and Windows Media. For details, see Microsoft's Security Update Guide website.

There are several other security issues addressed, including fixing a potential elevation of privilege vulnerability in the way Azure Active Directory web sign-in allows arbitrary browsing from the third-party endpoints used for federated authentication.

In this build, Microsoft also removed the Microsoft Edge legacy browser and replaced it with the new Chromium-based Edge.

There are several known issues in this update, including one in which system and user certificates might be lost when updating a device from Windows 10 version or later to a later version of Windows Devices using Windows Update for Business or that connect directly to Windows Update are not impacted.

What IT needs to know: Because this is a security update, it should be applied relatively soon. Over the next few weeks, check for reports about problematic issues, and if all seems well, apply the update.

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KB (OS Builds  and ) Preview

Release date: March 29,

This update fixes a variety of minor bugs, including one that made high dynamic range (HDR) screens appear much darker than expected, and another that caused video playback to be out of sync in duplicate mode with multiple monitors.

There are several known issues in this build, including one in which System and user certificates might be lost when updating a device from Windows 10 version or later to a later version of Windows Devices using Windows Update for Business or that connect directly to Windows Update are not impacted.

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KB (OS Builds and )

Release date: March 18,

This out-of-band update fixes a single bug in which graphical content could not be printed.

There is one known issue in this update, in which system and user certificates may be lost when updating a device from Windows 10 version or later to a later version of Windows

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KB (OS Builds  and )

Date: March 15,

This out-of-band update fixes a single bug, which caused a blue screen when you attempted to print to certain printers using some apps.

There is one known issue in this update, in which system and user certificates may be lost when updating a device from Windows 10 version or later to a later version of Windows

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KB (OS Builds  and )

Release date: March 9,

This update includes a wide variety of security updates for the Windows Shell, Windows Fundamentals, Windows Management, Windows Apps, Windows User Account Control (UAC), Windows Virtualization, the Windows Kernel, the Microsoft Graphics Component, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge Legacy, and Windows Media. For details, see the Microsoft Security Update Guide.

There are three known issues in this update, including one in which system and user certificates might be lost when updating a device from Windows 10 version

What IT needs to know: Because this is a security update, it should be applied relatively soon. Over the next few weeks, check for reports about problematic issues, and if all seems well, apply the update.

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KB (OS Builds  and ) Preview

Release date: February 24,

This update fixes a variety of minor bugs, including one that caused video playback to flicker when rendering on certain low-latency capable monitors, and another that sometimes prevented the input of strings into the Input Method Editor (IME).

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KB (OS Builds  and )

Release date: February 9,

This update fixes a bug and includes a variety of security updates. The bug fixed could damage the file system of some devices and prevent them from starting up after running chkdsk /f.

Security updates are provided for Windows App Platform and Frameworks, Windows Apps, Windows Input and Composition, Windows Cloud Infrastructure, Windows Management, Windows Authentication, Windows Fundamentals, Windows Cryptography, Windows Virtualization, Windows Core Networking, and Windows Hybrid Cloud Networking. For details, see the Microsoft Security Update Guide.

There are three known issues in this update, including one in which system and user certificates might be lost when updating a device from Windows 10 version

What IT needs to know: Because this is a security update, it should be applied relatively soon. Over the next few weeks, check for reports about problematic issues, and if all seems well, apply the update.

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KB (OS Builds  and )

Release date: January 12,

This build fixes a variety of security vulnerabilities, including one with HTTPS-based intranet servers, and a security bypass vulnerability in the way the Printer Remote Procedure Call (RPC) binding handles authentication for the remote Winspool interface.

There are also security updates to Windows App Platform and Frameworks, Windows Media, Windows Fundamentals, Windows Kernel, Windows Cryptography, Windows Virtualization, Windows Peripherals, and Windows Hybrid Storage Services. For details see the Microsoft Security Update Guide.

There are two known issues in this update, including one in which system and user certificates might be lost when updating a device from Windows 10, version

What IT needs to know: Because this is a security update, it should be applied relatively soon. Over the next few weeks, check for reports about problematic issues, and if all seems well, apply the update.

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KB (OS Builds  and )

Release date: December 8,

This update fixes a security vulnerability by preventing applications that run as a SYSTEM account from printing to “FILE:” ports. It also has security updates for the legacy version of Microsoft Edge, the Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows Media, Windows Fundamentals, and Windows Virtualization. For details see the Microsoft Security Update Guide.

What IT needs to know: Because this is a security update, it should be applied relatively soon. Over the next few weeks, check for reports about problematic issues, and if all seems well, apply the update.

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KB (OS Builds  and ) Preview

Release date: November 30,

This build fixes a wide variety of bugs, including one that caused Narrator to stop responding after you unlock a device if the app was in use before you locked the device, and another that made makes the touch keyboard unstable in the Mail app.

There are two known issues in this update, one in which system and user certificates might be lost when updating a device from Windows 10 version or later to a later version of Windows 10, and another in which users of the Microsoft Input Method Editor (IME) for Japanese or Chinese languages might experience issues when attempting various tasks.

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KB (OS Builds  and )

Release date: November 19,

This minor build fixes issues with Kerberos authentication related to the PerformTicketSignature registry subkey value in CVE, which was a part of the November 10, Windows update.

There are two known issues in this update, one in which system and user certificates might be lost when updating a device from Windows 10, version or later to a later version of Windows 10, and another in which users of the Microsoft Input Method Editor (IME) for Japanese or Chinese languages might experience issues when attempting various tasks.

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KB (OS Builds  and )

Release date: November 10,

This build updates the DST start date for the Fiji Islands to December 20, and includes security updates to the Microsoft Scripting Engine, Windows Input and Composition, Microsoft Graphics Component, the Windows Wallet Service, Windows Fundamentals, and the Windows Kernel. For details see the release notes for November Security Updates.

There are two known issues in this update, including one in which system and user certificates might be lost when updating a device from Windows 10 version or later to a later version of Windows 10, and another in which users of the Microsoft Input Method Editor (IME) for Japanese or Chinese languages might experience issues when attempting various tasks.

What IT needs to know: Because this is a security update, it should be applied relatively soon. Over the next few weeks, check for reports about problematic issues, and if all seems well, apply the update.

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KB (OS Builds  and )

Release date: October 29,

This update makes it easier to connect to others in Skype, using Meet Now from the taskbar. In addition, there are a wide variety of bug fixes, including for one that displayed the incorrect CPU frequency for certain processors, another that displayed nothing on the screen for five minutes or more during a Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) session, and another that caused the Docker pull operation to fail due to a Code Integrity (CI) Policy that blocks the import of a Windows container image.

There are two known issues in this update, including one in which system and user certificates might be lost when updating a device from Windows 10 version or later to a later version of Windows 10, and another in which users of the Microsoft Input Method Editor (IME) for Japanese or Chinese languages might experience issues when attempting various tasks.

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Windows 10 October Update (version 20H2)

Release date: October 20,

Version 20H2, called the Windows 10 October Update, is the most recent update to Windows This is a relatively minor update but does have a few new features.

Here’s a quick summary of what’s new in 20H2:

  • The new Chromium-based version of the Microsoft Edge browser is now built directly into Windows
  • The System page of Control Panel has been removed. Those settings have been moved to the Settings app.
  • The Start menu’s tiled background will match your choice of Windows themes. So the tiled background will be light if you’re using the Windows 10 light theme and dark if you’re using the Windows 10 dark theme.
  • When you use Alt-Tab, Edge will now display each tab in your browser in a different Alt-Tab window. Previously, when you used Alt-Tab, Edge would get only a single window. You can change this new behavior by going to Settings > System > Multitasking.
  • When you pin a site to the taskbar in Edge, you can click or mouse over its icon to see all your browser tabs that are open for that website.
  • When you detach a keyboard on a 2-in-1 device, the device will automatically switch to the tablet-based interface. Previously, you were asked whether you wanted to switch. You can change that setting by going to Settings > System > Tablet.
  • The Your Phone app gets a variety of new features for some Samsung devices. When using one of the devices, you can interact with the Android apps on your phone from the Your Phone app on Windows

What IT needs to know: Windows 10 version 20H2 also has a variety of small changes of note for sysadmins and those in IT.

  • IT professionals who administer multiple mobile devices get a new Modern Device Management (MDM) “Local Users and Groups” settings policy that mirrors options available for devices that are managed through Group Policy.
  • Windows Autopilot, used to set up and configure devices in enterprises, has gained a variety of small enhancement, including better deployment of HoloLens devices, the addition of co-management policies, enhancements to Autopilot deployment reporting, and the ability to reuse Configuration Manager task sequences to configure devices.
  • Microsoft Defender Application Guard now supports Office. This allows untrusted Office documents from outside an enterprise to launch in an isolated container to stop potentially malicious content from compromising computers or exploiting personal information found on them.
  • Latest Cumulative Updates (LCUs) and Servicing Stack Updates (SSUs) have been combined into a single cumulative monthly update, available via Microsoft Catalog or Windows Server Update Services.
  • Biometric sign-on has been made more secure. Windows Hello now has support for virtualization-based security for certain fingerprint and face sensors, which protects, isolates, and secures a user's biometric authentication data.

For more details, see Microsoft’s “What’s new for IT pros in Windows 10, version 20H2.”

Updates to Windows 10 version prior to the 20H2 release

KB (OS Build )

Release date: October 13,

This build fixes a few minor bugs and includes a variety of security updates. Among the bugs fixed are an issue with creating null ports using the user interface, and another issue with a possible elevation of privilege in win32k.

Security updates were issued for Windows App Platform and Frameworks, Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows Media, Windows Fundamentals, Windows Authentication, Windows Virtualization, and Windows Kernel. For details, see the Release Notes for October Security Updates.

There are two known issues in this build: In one, users of Microsoft Input Method Editor (IME) for Chinese and Japanese might have issues with input. In the other, when installing a third-party driver you might receive the error “Windows can’t verify the publisher of this driver software.” You might also see the error “No signature was present in the subject” when attempting to view the signature properties using Windows Explorer.

What IT needs to know: Because this is a security update, it should be applied relatively soon. Over the next few weeks, check for reports about problematic issues, and if all seems well, apply the update.

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KB (OS Build ) Preview

Release date: October 1,

This build reduces distortions and aberrations in Windows Mixed Reality head-mounted displays and fixes a wide variety of bugs, including one that caused random line breaks when you redirect PowerShell console error output, and another that that prevented the Language Bar from appearing when a user signs in to a new session.

There is one known issue in this build: Users of Microsoft Input Method Editor (IME) for Chinese and Japanese might have issues with input.

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KB (OS Build )

Release date: September 8,

This build includes security updates for Windows App Platform and Frameworks, Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows Input and Composition, Windows Media, Windows Shell, Windows Cloud Infrastructure, Windows Fundamentals, Windows Management, Windows Kernel, Windows Virtualization, Windows Storage and Filesystems, the Microsoft Scripting Engine, and the Microsoft JET Database Engine.

For details, see the Release Notes for September Security Updates.

The build also fixes a security vulnerability issue with user proxies and HTTP-based intranet servers, and addresses an issue with a possible elevation of privileges in storycall.us

What IT needs to know: Because this is a security update, it should be applied relatively soon. Over the next few weeks, check for reports about problematic issues, and if all seems well, apply the update.

There is one known issue in this build: Users of Microsoft Input Method Editor (IME) for Chinese and Japanese might have issues with input.

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KB (OS Build )

Release date: September 3,

This build fixes a laundry list of minor bugs, including one that prevented apps from downloading an update or opening in certain scenarios, another that prevented users from reducing the size of windows and another that caused File Explorer to stop working when you browsed directories of RAW images and other file types.

There is one known issue in this build: Users of Microsoft Input Method Editor (IME) for Chinese and Japanese might have issues with input.

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KB (OS Build )

Release date: August 11,

This build includes security updates for the Microsoft Scripting Engine, Internet Explorer, Windows Graphics, Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows Kernel, Windows Input and Composition, Windows Media, Windows Shell, the Windows Wallet Service, Microsoft Edge Legacy, Windows Cloud Infrastructure, Windows Authentication, the Windows AI Platform, Windows Fundamentals, Windows Storage and Filesystems, Windows Update Stack, Windows File Server and Clustering, Windows Hybrid Storage Services, Windows App Platform and Frameworks, the Microsoft JET Database Engine, and Windows SQL components.

For details, see the Release Notes for August Security Updates.

The build also fixes an issue in Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps that allows single sign-on authentication when an app does not have the Enterprise Authentication capability.

What IT needs to know: Because this is a security update, it should be applied relatively soon. Over the next few weeks, check for reports about problematic issues, and if all seems well, apply the update.

There is one known issue in this build: When using some apps, such as Microsoft Excel, users of the Microsoft Input Method Editor (IME) for Chinese and Japanese might receive an error, or the app might stop responding or close when attempting to drag using the mouse.

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KB (OS Build )

Release date: July 31,

This minor build addresses a wide variety of bugs and issues, including one that caused the Settings page to close unexpectedly, which prevented default applications from being set up properly, and another that prevented some applications from printing to network printers.

There is one known issue in this build, in which when using some apps such as Excel, users of the Microsoft Input Method Editor (IME) for Chinese and Japanese might receive an error, or the app might stop responding or close when users attempt to drag using the mouse.

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KB (OS Build )

Release date: July 14,

This build fixes several bugs, including one that might prevent you from connecting to OneDrive using the OneDrive app. It also has security updates for the Microsoft Scripting Engine, Windows App Platform and Frameworks, the Microsoft Store, Windows Graphics, Windows Input and Composition, Windows Media, Windows Shell, Windows Fundamentals, Windows Management, Windows Kernel, Windows Hybrid Cloud Networking, Windows Storage and Filesystems, Windows Update Stack, Windows MSXML, Windows File Server and Clustering, Windows Remote Desktop, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge Legacy, and the Microsoft JET Database Engine. For details, see the Release notes for the July Security Updates.

There is one known issue in this build, in which when using some apps, such as Microsoft Excel, users of the Microsoft Input Method Editor (IME) for Chinese and Japanese might receive an error, or the app might stop responding or close when attempting to drag using the mouse.

What IT needs to know: Because this is a security update, it should be applied relatively soon. Over the next few weeks, check for reports about problematic issues, and if all seems well, apply the update.

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KB (OS Build )

Release date: June 18,

This minor build fixes a single issue, in which certain printers could not print, generated print errors, or caused apps and print spoolers to close unexpectedly.

There is one known issue in this build, which affects the ImeMode property to control the Input Method Editor (IME) mode for individual text entry fields to increase typing efficiency. Some IMEs in this build might have issues using the ImeMode property with certain apps, for example the input mode will not switch automatically to Kanji or Hiragana.

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KB (OS Build )

Release date: June 9,

This build improves the reliability of voice assistants that use keywords and has security updates for the Microsoft Scripting Engine, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Windows App Platform and Frameworks, Windows Media, Windows Kernel, Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows Input and Composition, Windows Shell, Windows Silicon Platform, Microsoft Xbox, the Microsoft Store, Windows Cloud Infrastructure, Windows Fundamentals, Windows Management, Windows Authentication, Windows Cryptography, Microsoft HoloLens, Windows Virtualization, Windows Peripherals, Windows Storage and Filesystems, Windows File Server and Clustering, Windows Hybrid Storage Services, the Microsoft JET Database Engine, and the Windows Update Stack. For details, see the Release Notes for June Security Updates.

There are no known issues in this build.

What IT needs to know: Because this is a security update, it should be applied relatively soon. Over the next few weeks, check for reports about problematic issues, and if all seems well, apply the update.

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Windows 10 May Update (version )

Release date: May 27,

Version , called the Windows 10 May Update, is the most recent update to Windows This is a relatively minor update but does have a variety of new features for both users and system administrators. For more details, see: “Review: Windows 10 May Update delivers little tweaks that add up to well, not a lot.”

Here’s a quick summary of what’s new in

  • Cortana now runs as a standalone app in a resizable window. It also loses a variety of capabilities, such as playing music, controlling home devices, and working on the lock screen.
  • Task Manager now displays new information, including the temperature of your GPU and your disk type.
  • Settings gets many small tweaks, including adding a header with account information, and a redone network status page that combines information that used to be found on multiple pages, such as your IP address, current connection properties and data usage.
  • The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) gets more features. It now uses a real Linux kernel, and is faster than previously.
  • IT can now take advantage of Windows Hello biometrics logins rather than passwords, by setting that up as the default on enterprise devices.
  • Installing and setting up Windows for others has been made easier thanks to new controls added to Dynamic Update, which can lead to less downtime during installation for users.
  • A variety of new commands have been given to PowerShell for Delivery Optimization, a Windows networking service that reduces bandwidth consumption by sharing the work of downloading update and upgrade packages among multiple devices in business deployments.
  • The security of the Chromium version of Edge has been improved, thanks to porting Application Guard to it.

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Microsoft started the phased rollout of its new operating system, Windows 11, last month. Although only some PCs have been prompted to update, you may be wondering how the OS is different from Windows 10, and if it's worth downloading right away. You have until to make your decision, when Microsoft says it will no longer support Windows 10, but if you're ready to jump into Windows 11 now, you can download the OS to your computer as long as it meets eligibility requirements. If you already have Windows 10, Windows 11 will be available to you for free. (If you don't have Windows 10 yet, here's how to get it.) 

Before you install the new OS, let's go over the big changes Microsoft made and dig into what's really different. Here's everything that's changed from Windows 10 to Windows And make sure you check out our favorite Windows 11 features and how to use them -- along with everything we wanted in Windows 11 but didn't get and how to set your default search engine.

Read more: Windows 11 is here, so does that mean I should buy a new laptop?

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Windows 10 vs. Windows Every big difference in the new OS

Design and interface

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Windows 11 brings a brand-new, more Mac-like interface to the OS. It features a clean design with rounded corners and pastel shades. The iconic Start menu also moves to the center of the screen along with the Taskbar. But you can move those back to the left, as they are in Windows 10, if you prefer.

Android app integration

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Android apps will be coming to Windows 11 (though not right away) in Microsoft Store, via the Amazon Appstore. (There were a couple of ways to access Android apps on Windows 10, including if you had a Samsung Galaxy phone, but this will make it native.) This is something Windows users have been waiting for for years, and marks another move toward the merging of mobile and laptop devices. 

Better virtual desktop support

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Windows 11 will let you set up virtual desktops in a way that's more similar to Macs, toggling between multiple desktops at once for personal, work, school or gaming use. In Windows 10, this was harder to set up and use. 

Easier transition from monitor to laptop

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The new OS includes features called Snap Groups and Snap Layouts -- collections of the apps you're using at once that sit in the taskbar, and can come up or be minimized at the same time for easier task switching. They also let you plug and unplug from a monitor more easily, without losing where your open windows are located. 

Microsoft Teams added to the Taskbar

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Teams is getting a facelift and will be integrated directly into the Windows 11 taskbar, making it easier to access (and a bit more like Apple's FaceTime). You'll be able to access teams from Windows, Mac, Android or iOS. 

Widgets (well, sort of) 

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While they've been around for a while (remember desktop gadgets on Windows Vista?), including in a recent Windows 10 update, you can now access widgets directly from the Taskbar and personalize them to see whatever you'd like. 

Enhanced touchscreen, voice and pen support

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For tablets, Microsoft has aimed to improve the experience for touch, with more space between icons on the taskbar, and adding gestures. Windows 11 also adds haptics to your digital pen, so you can hear and feel vibrations as you use it for taking notes or drawing. Finally, the OS introduces voice typing and commands across the system. 

Xbox tech to improve gaming

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Windows 11 will get certain features found in Xbox consoles, like Auto HDR and DirectStorage, to improve gaming on your Windows PC. This marks another move toward integrating PCs and Xbox consoles for Microsoft. 

For more, check out everything we know about Windows 11 and how to download Windows

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Download Windows 10

If you downloaded an ISO file for Windows 10, the file is saved locally at the location you selected. If you have a third-party DVD burning program installed on your computer that you prefer to use for creating the installation DVD, that program might open by going to the location where the file is saved and double-clicking the ISO file, or right-click the ISO file, select Open with and choose your preferred DVD burning software.

If you want to use the Windows Disk Image Burner to create an installation DVD, go to the location where the ISO file is saved. Right-click the ISO file and select Properties. On the General tab, click Change and select Windows Explorer for the program you would like to use to open ISO files and select Apply. Then right-click the ISO file and select Burn disc image.

If you want to install Windows 10 directly from the ISO file without using a DVD or flash drive, you can do so by mounting the ISO file. This will perform an upgrade of your current operating system to Windows

To mount the ISO file:

  1. Go to the location where the ISO file is saved, right-click the ISO file and select Properties.
  2. On the General tab, click Change… and select Windows Explorer for the program you would like to use to open ISO files and select Apply.
  3. Right-click the ISO file and select Mount.
  4. Double-click the ISO file to view the files within. Double-click storycall.us to start Windows 10 setup.
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Windows 10

Personal computer operating system by Microsoft released in

This article is about the operating system for personal computers. For the related (now discontinued) operating system for mobile devices, see Windows 10 Mobile.

Not to be confused with Windows

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Latest preview (November&#;18, ; 3 days ago&#;()[6]) [±]
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Available in languages[7][8] (Specific language packs included on the device depend on the mobile operator (for cellular connected devices) or device manufacturer. Additional language packs are available for download on the Microsoft Store, pursuant to manufacturer and carrier support.)

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All editions except "Enterprise LTSB/LTSC" are supported until October 14, as long as they install the latest feature upgrades.[15][16] The Enterprise LTSB/LTSC editions are supported for 10 years after their release date. See §&#;Support lifecycle for details.

Windows 10 is a major release of the Windows NToperating system developed by Microsoft. It is the successor to Windows , which was released nearly two years earlier, and itself was released to manufacturing on July 15, , and broadly released for the general public on July 29, [17] Windows 10 was made available for download via MSDN and TechNet, as a free upgrade for retail copies of Windows 8 and Windows users via the Windows Store, and to Windows 7 users via Windows Update. Windows 10 receives new builds on an ongoing basis, which are available at no additional cost to users, in addition to additional test builds of Windows 10, which are available to Windows Insiders. Devices in enterprise environments can receive these updates at a slower pace, or use long-term support milestones that only receive critical updates, such as security patches, over their ten-year lifespan of extended support.[18][19]

Windows 10 received generally positive reviews upon its original release. Critics praised Microsoft's decision to provide the desktop-oriented interface in line with previous versions of Windows, contrasting the tablet-oriented approach of Windows 8, although Windows 10's touch-oriented user interface mode was criticized for containing regressions upon the touch-oriented interface of its predecessor. Critics also praised the improvements to Windows 10's bundled software over Windows , Xbox Live integration, as well as the functionality and capabilities of the Cortana personal assistant and the replacement of Internet Explorer with Microsoft Edge. However, media outlets have been critical of the changes to operating system behaviors, including mandatory update installation, privacy concerns over data collection performed by the OS for Microsoft and its partners, and adware-like tactics used to promote the operating system on its release.[20]

Microsoft initially aimed to have Windows 10 installed on over one billion devices within three years of its release;[18] that goal was ultimately reached almost five years after release on March 16, [21] By January , Windows 10 surpassed Windows 7 as the most popular version of Windows worldwide.[22] As of June&#;[update], it is estimated that 79% of Windows PCs,[22] 58% of all PCs (the rest being older Windows versions and other operating systems such as macOS and Linux), and 24% of all devices (including mobile, tablet and console)[23] are running Windows On June 24, , Microsoft announced Windows 10's successor, Windows 11, which was released on October 5, [24]

Windows 10 is the final version of Windows which supports IA and ARMv7-based processors (also known as bit processors). Its successor, Windows 11, requires a bit processor in any supported architecture (x/AMD64 for x86 and ARMv8 for ARM).

Development[edit]

At the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in , Andrew Lees, the chief of Microsoft's mobile technologies, said that the company intended to have a single software ecosystem for PCs, phones, tablets, and other devices: "We won't have an ecosystem for PCs, and one for phones, and one for tablets‍&#;‌they'll all come together."[25][26]

In December , technology writer Mary Jo Foley reported that Microsoft was working on an update to Windows 8 codenamed "Threshold", after a planet in its Halo franchise.[27] Similarly to "Blue" (which became Windows ),[28] Foley described Threshold, not as a single operating system, but as a "wave of operating systems" across multiple Microsoft platforms and services, quoting Microsoft sources, scheduled for the second quarter of She also stated that one of the goals for Threshold was to create a unified application platform and development toolkit for Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox One (which all use a similar kernel based on Windows NT).[27][29]

At the Build Conference in April , Microsoft's Terry Myerson unveiled an updated version of Windows (build ) that added the ability to run Windows Store apps inside desktop windows and a more traditional Start menu in place of the Start screen seen in Windows 8. The new Start menu takes after Windows 7's design by using only a portion of the screen and including a Windows 7-style application listing in the first column. The second column displays Windows 8-style app tiles. Myerson said that these changes would occur in a future update, but did not elaborate.[30][31] Microsoft also unveiled the concept of a "universal Windows app", allowing Windows Store apps created for Windows to be ported to Windows Phone and Xbox One while sharing a common codebase, with an interface designed for different device form factors, and allowing user data and licenses for an app to be shared between multiple platforms. Windows Phone would share nearly 90% of the common Windows Runtime APIs with Windows on PCs.[30][32][33][34]

Screenshots of a Windows build purported to be Threshold were leaked in July , showing the previously presented Start menu and windowed Windows Store apps,[35] followed by a further screenshot of a build identifying itself as "Windows Technical Preview", numbered , in September , showing a new virtual desktop system, a notification center, and a new File Explorer icon.[36]

Announcement[edit]

"Windows 9" redirects here. For the Windows versions produced from to , see Windows 9x.

On September 30, , Microsoft officially announced that Threshold would be unveiled during a media event as Windows Myerson said that Windows 10 would be Microsoft's "most comprehensive platform ever", providing a single, unified platform for desktop and laptop computers, tablets, smartphones, and all-in-one devices.[37][38][39] He emphasized that Windows 10 would take steps towards restoring user interface mechanics from Windows 7 to improve the experience for users on non-touch devices, noting criticism of Windows 8's touch-oriented interface by keyboard and mouse users.[40][41] Despite these concessions, Myerson noted that the touch-optimized interface would evolve as well on [42]

In regards to Microsoft naming the new operating system Windows 10 instead of Windows 9, Terry Myerson said that "based on the product that's coming, and just how different our approach will be overall, it wouldn't be right to call it Windows 9."[43] He also joked that they could not call it "Windows One" (alluding to several recent Microsoft products with a similar brand, such as OneDrive, OneNote, and the Xbox One) because Windows already existed.[44] At a San Francisco conference in October , Tony Prophet, Microsoft's Vice President of Windows Marketing, said that Windows 9 "came and went", and that Windows 10 would not be "an incremental step from Windows ," but "a material step. We're trying to create one platform, one eco-system that unites as many of the devices from the small embedded Internet of Things, through tablets, through phones, through PCs and, ultimately, into the Xbox."

Further details surrounding Windows 10's consumer-oriented features were presented during another media event held on January 21, , entitled "Windows The Next Chapter". The keynote featured the unveiling of Cortana integration within the operating system, new Xbox-oriented features, Windows 10 Mobile, an updated Office Mobile suite, Surface Hub‍&#;‌a large-screened Windows 10 device for enterprise collaboration based upon Perceptive Pixel technology,[46] along with HoloLens‑augmented reality eyewear and an associated platform for building apps that can render holograms through HoloLens.[47]

Additional developer-oriented details surrounding the "Universal Windows Platform" concept were revealed and discussed during Microsoft's Build developers' conference. Among them were the unveiling of "Islandwood", which provides a middlewaretoolchain for compiling Objective-C-based software (particularly iOS) to run as universal apps on Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile. A port of Candy Crush Saga made using the toolkit, which shared much of its code with the iOS version, was demonstrated, alongside the announcement that the King-developed game would be bundled with Windows 10 at launch.[48][49][50][51]

At the Ignite conference, Microsoft employee Jerry Nixon stated that Windows 10 would be the "last version of Windows", a statement that Microsoft confirmed was "reflective" of its view of the operating system being a "service" with new versions and updates to be released over time.[52][53][54] In , however, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 would be succeeded on compatible hardware by Windows 11–and that Windows 10 support will end on October 14, [55][56]

Release and marketing[edit]

On June 1, , Microsoft announced that Windows 10 would be released on July [17] On July 20, Microsoft began "Upgrade Your World", an advertising campaign centering on Windows 10, with the premiere of television commercials in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The commercials focused on the tagline "A more human way to do", emphasizing new features and technologies supported by Windows 10 that sought to provide a more "personal" experience to users.[57][58] The campaign culminated with launch events in thirteen cities on July 29, , which celebrated "the unprecedented role our biggest fans played in the development of Windows 10".[59]

Features[edit]

Main article: Features new to Windows 10

See also: List of features removed in Windows 10

Windows 10 makes its user experience and functionality more consistent between different classes of device and addresses most of the shortcomings in the user interface that were introduced in Windows 8.[40][41][60]Windows 10 Mobile, the successor to Windows Phone , shared some user interface elements and apps with its PC counterpart.[61]

Windows 10 supports universal apps, an expansion of the Metro-style first introduced in Windows 8. Universal apps can be designed to run across multiple Microsoft product families with nearly identical code‍&#;‌including PCs, tablets, smartphones, embedded systems, Xbox One, Surface Hub and Mixed Reality. The Windows user interface was revised to handle transitions between a mouse-oriented interface and a touchscreen-optimized interface based on available input devices‍&#;‌particularly on 2-in-1 PCs, both interfaces include an updated Start menu which incorporates elements of Windows 7's traditional Start menu with the tiles of Windows 8. Windows 10 also introduced the Microsoft Edgeweb browser, a virtual desktop system, a window and desktop management feature called Task View, support for fingerprint and face recognition login, new security features for enterprise environments, and DirectX

The Windows Runtime app ecosystem was revised into the Universal Windows Platform (UWP).[32][62][63] These universal apps are made to run across multiple platforms and device classes, including smartphones, tablets, Xbox One consoles, and other devices compatible with Windows Windows apps share code across platforms, have responsive designs that adapt to the needs of the device and available inputs, can synchronize data between Windows 10 devices (including notifications, credentials, and allowing cross-platform multiplayer for games), and are distributed through the Microsoft Store (rebranded from Windows Store since September ).[64] Developers can allow "cross-buys", where purchased licenses for an app apply to all of the user's compatible devices, rather than only the one they purchased on (e.g., a user purchasing an app on PC is also entitled to use the smartphone version at no extra cost).[33][65][66]

The ARM version of Windows 10 allows running applications for x86 processors through bit software emulation.[67]

On Windows 10, Microsoft Store serves as a unified storefront for apps, video content, and eBooks.[68] Windows 10 also allows web apps and desktop software (using either Win32 or .NET Framework) to be packaged for distribution on Microsoft Store. Desktop software distributed through Windows Store is packaged using the App-V system to allow sandboxing.[69][70]

User interface and desktop[edit]

The "Task View" display is a new feature to Windows 10, allowing the use of multiple workspaces.

A new iteration of the Start menu is used on the Windows 10 desktop, with a list of places and other options on the left side, and tiles representing applications on the right. The menu can be resized, and expanded into a full-screen display, which is the default option in Tablet mode.[40][60][71] A new virtual desktop system was added by a feature known as Task View, which displays all open windows and allows users to switch between them, or switch between multiple workspaces.[40][60] Universal apps, which previously could be used only in full screen mode, can now be used in self-contained windows similarly to other programs.[40][60] Program windows can now be snapped to quadrants of the screen by dragging them to the corner. When a window is snapped to one side of the screen, Task View appears and the user is prompted to choose a second window to fill the unused side of the screen (called "Snap Assist").[60] The Windows system icons were also changed.[71]

Charms have been removed; their functionality in universal apps is accessed from an App commands menu on their title bar.[40][60] In its place is Action Center, which displays notifications and settings toggles. It is accessed by clicking an icon in the notification area, or dragging from the right of the screen. Notifications can be synced between multiple devices.[61][71] The Settings app (formerly PC Settings) was refreshed and now includes more options that were previously exclusive to the desktop Control Panel.

Windows 10 is designed to adapt its user interface based on the type of device being used and available input methods. It offers two separate user interface modes: a user interface optimized for mouse and keyboard, and a "Tablet mode" designed for touchscreens. Users can toggle between these two modes at any time, and Windows can prompt or automatically switch when certain events occur, such as disabling Tablet mode on a tablet if a keyboard or mouse is plugged in, or when a 2-in-1 PC is switched to its laptop state. In Tablet mode, programs default to a maximized view, and the taskbar contains a back button and hides buttons for opened or pinned programs by default; Task View is used instead to switch between programs. The full screen Start menu is used in this mode, similarly to Windows 8, but scrolls vertically instead of horizontally.[41][74][75][76]

System security[edit]

Windows 10 incorporates multi-factor authentication technology based upon standards developed by the FIDO Alliance.[77] The operating system includes improved support for biometric authentication through the Windows Hello platform. Devices with supported cameras (requiring infrared illumination, such as Intel RealSense) allow users to log in with iris or face recognition, similarly to Kinect. Devices with supported readers allow users to log in through fingerprint recognition. Support was also added for palm-vein scanning through a partnership with Fujitsu in February [78] Credentials are stored locally and protected using asymmetric encryption.[79]

In , researchers demonstrated that Windows Hello could be bypassed on fully-updated Windows 10 with a color printout of a person's picture taken with an IR camera.[80] In , researchers were again able to bypass the Windows Hello functionalities by using custom hardware disguised as a camera, which presented an IR photo of the owner's face.[81]

In addition to biometric authentication, Windows Hello supports authentication with a PIN. By default, Windows requires a PIN to consist of four digits, but can be configured to permit more complex PINs. However, a PIN is not a simpler password. While passwords are transmitted to domain controllers, PINs are not. They are tied to one device, and if compromised, only one device is affected. Backed by a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chip, Windows uses PINs to create strong asymmetric key pairs. As such, the authentication token transmitted to the server is harder to crack. In addition, whereas weak passwords may be broken via rainbow tables, TPM causes the much-simpler Windows PINs to be resilient to brute-force attacks.[82]

When Windows 10 was first introduced, multi-factor authentication was provided by two components: Windows Hello and Passport (not to be confused with the Passport platform of ). Later, Passport was merged into Windows Hello.[83][79]

The enterprise edition of Windows 10 offers additional security features; administrators can set up policies for the automatic encryption of sensitive data, selectively block applications from accessing encrypted data, and enable Device Guard‍&#;‌a system which allows administrators to enforce a high-security environment by blocking the execution of software that is not digitally signed by a trusted vendor or Microsoft. Device Guard is designed to protect against zero-day exploits, and runs inside a hypervisor so that its operation remains separated from the operating system itself.[77][84]

Command line[edit]

The console windows based on Windows Console (for any console app, not just PowerShell and Windows Command Prompt) can now be resized without any restrictions, can be made to cover the full screen by pressing +, and can use standard keyboard shortcuts, such as those for cut, copy, and paste. Other features such as word wrap and transparency were also added. These functions can be disabled to revert to the legacy console if needed.[85]

The Anniversary Update added Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), which allows the installation of a user space environment from a supported Linuxdistribution that runs natively on Windows. The subsystem translates Linux system calls to those of the Windows NT kernel (only claims full system call compatibility as of WSL 2, included in a later Windows update). The environment can execute the Bash shell and bit command-line programs (WSL 2 also supports bit Linux programs and graphics, assuming supporting software installed,[86] and GPUs support for other uses[87]). Windows applications cannot be executed from the Linux environment, and vice versa. Linux distributions for Windows Subsystem for Linux are obtained through Microsoft Store. The feature initially supported an Ubuntu-based environment; Microsoft announced in May that it would add Fedora and OpenSUSE environment options as well.[88][89][90][91][92][93][94]

Storage requirements[edit]

To reduce the storage footprint of the operating system, Windows 10 automatically compresses system files. The system can reduce the storage footprint of Windows by approximately &#;GB for bit systems and &#;GB for bit systems. The level of compression used is dependent on a performance assessment performed during installations or by OEMs, which tests how much compression can be used without harming operating system performance. Furthermore, the Refresh and Reset functions use runtime system files instead, making a separate recovery partition redundant, allowing patches and updates to remain installed following the operation, and further reducing the amount of space required for Windows 10 by up to 12&#;GB. These functions replace the WIMBoot mode introduced on Windows Update, which allowed OEMs to configure low-capacity devices with flash-based storage to use Windows system files out of the compressed WIM image typically used for installation and recovery.[95][96][97] Windows 10 also includes a function in its Settings app that allows users to view a breakdown of how their device's storage capacity is being used by different types of files, and determine whether certain types of files are saved to internal storage or an SD card by default.[98]

Online services and functionality[edit]

Windows 10 introduces Microsoft Edge, a new default web browser. It initially featured a new standards-compliant rendering engine derived from Trident, and also includes annotation tools and integration with other Microsoft platforms present within Windows [99][][] Internet Explorer 11 is maintained on Windows 10 for compatibility purposes, but is deprecated in favor of Edge and will no longer be actively developed.[][] In January , the initial version of Edge was succeeded by a new iteration derived from the Chromium project and the Blink layout engine and the old Edge based on EdgeHTML is now called 'Microsoft Edge Legacy'.[] The legacy version of Edge is currently being replaced by the new Chromium-based Edge via Windows Update, though this version can also be downloaded manually. Every Windows 10 version from 20H2, which was released on October 20, , will come with the new version of the browser preinstalled.[] The Windows 10 October update added a price comparison tool to the Edge browser.[]

Windows 10 incorporates a universal search box located alongside the Start and Task View buttons, which can be hidden or condensed into a single button.[][] Previous versions featured Microsoft's intelligent personal assistant Cortana, which was first introduced with Windows Phone in , and supports both text and voice input. Many of its features are a direct carryover from Windows Phone, including integration with Bing, setting reminders, a Notebook feature for managing personal information, as well as searching for files, playing music, launching applications and setting reminders or sending emails.[][][71] Since the November update, Microsoft has begun to downplay Cortana as part of a repositioning of the product towards enterprise use, with the May update removing its Windows shell integration and consumer-oriented features.[][][][]

Microsoft Family Safety is replaced by Microsoft Family, a parental controls system that applies across Windows platforms and Microsoft online services. Users can create a designated family, and monitor and restrict the actions of users designated as children, such as access to websites, enforcing age ratings on Microsoft Store purchases, and other restrictions. The service can also send weekly e-mail reports to parents detailing a child's computer usage. Unlike previous versions of Windows, child accounts in a family must be associated with a Microsoft account‍&#;‌which allows these settings to apply across all Windows 10 devices that a particular child is using.[][]

Windows 10 also offers the Wi-Fi Sense feature originating from Windows Phone ; users can optionally have their device automatically connect to suggested open hotspots, and share their home network's password with contacts (either via Skype, People, or Facebook) so they may automatically connect to the network on a Windows 10 device without needing to manually enter its password. Credentials are stored in an encrypted form on Microsoft servers and sent to the devices of the selected contacts. Passwords are not viewable by the guest user, and the guest user is not allowed to access other computers or devices on the network. Wi-Fi Sense is not usable on X-encrypted networks. Adding "_optout" at the end of the SSID will also block the corresponding network from being used for this feature.[]

Universal calling and messaging apps for Windows 10 are built in as of the November update: Messaging, Skype Video, and Phone. These offer built-in alternatives to the Skype download and sync with Windows 10 Mobile.[][]

Multimedia and gaming[edit]

See also: List of Xbox Live Games on Windows 10

Windows 10 provides greater integration with the Xbox ecosystem. Xbox SmartGlass is succeeded by the Xbox Console Companion (formerly the Xbox app), which allows users to browse their game library (including both PC and Xbox console games), and Game DVR is also available using a keyboard shortcut, allowing users to save the last 30 seconds of gameplay as a video that can be shared to Xbox Live, OneDrive, or elsewhere.[][] Windows 10 also allows users to control and play games from an Xbox One console over a local network.[] The Xbox Live SDK allows application developers to incorporate Xbox Live functionality into their apps, and future wireless Xbox One accessories, such as controllers, are supported on Windows with an adapter.[] Microsoft also intends to allow cross-purchases and save synchronization between Xbox One and Windows 10 versions of games; Microsoft Studios games such as ReCore and Quantum Break are intended as being exclusive to Windows 10 and Xbox One.[]

Candy Crush Saga and Microsoft Solitaire Collection are also automatically installed upon installation of Windows [][]

Windows 10 adds native game recording and screenshot capture ability using the newly introduced Game Bar. Users can also have the OS continuously record gameplay in the background, which then allows the user to save the last few moments of gameplay to the storage device.[]

Windows 10 adds FLAC and HEVC codecs and support for the Matroska media container, allowing these formats to be opened in Windows Media Player and other applications.[][][]

DirectX 12[edit]

Windows 10 includes DirectX 12, alongside WDDM [][] Unveiled March at GDC, DirectX 12 aims to provide "console-level efficiency" with "closer to the metal" access to hardware resources, and reduced CPU and graphics driver overhead.[][] Most of the performance improvements are achieved through low-level programming, which allow developers to use resources more efficiently and reduce single-threaded CPU bottlenecking caused by abstraction through higher level APIs.[][] DirectX 12 will also feature support for vendor agnostic multi-GPU setups.[] WDDM introduces a new virtual memory management and allocation system to reduce workload on the kernel-mode driver.[][]

Fonts[edit]

Main article: List of typefaces included with Microsoft Windows

Windows 10 adds three new default typefaces compared to Windows 8, but removes dozens of others. The removed typefaces are available in supplemental packs and may be added manually over a non-metered internet connection.

Editions and pricing[edit]

Main article: Windows 10 editions

Windows 10 is available in five main editions for personal computing devices; the Home and Pro editions of which are sold at retail in most countries, and as pre-loaded software on new computers. Home is aimed at home users, while Pro is aimed at power users and small businesses. Each edition of Windows 10 includes all of the capabilities and features of the edition below it, and add additional features oriented towards their market segments; for example, Pro adds additional networking and security features such as BitLocker, Device Guard, Windows Update for Business, and the ability to join a domain. Enterprise and Education, the other editions, contain additional features aimed towards business environments, and are only available through volume licensing.[][]

As part of Microsoft's unification strategies, Windows products that are based on Windows 10's common platform but meant for specialized platforms are marketed as editions of the operating system, rather than as separate product lines. An updated version of Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system for smartphones, and also tablets, was branded as Windows 10 Mobile.[] Editions of Enterprise and Mobile will also be produced for embedded systems, along with Windows 10 IoT Core, which is designed specifically for use in small footprint, low-cost devices and Internet of Things (IoT) scenarios and is similar to Windows Embedded.[][]

On May 2, , Microsoft unveiled Windows 10 S (referred to in leaks as Windows 10 Cloud), a feature-limited edition of Windows 10 which was designed primarily for devices in the education market (competing, in particular, with Chrome OS netbooks), such as the Surface Laptop that Microsoft also unveiled at this time. The OS restricts software installation to applications obtained from Microsoft Store; the device may be upgraded to Windows 10 Pro for a fee to enable unrestricted software installation. As a time-limited promotion, Microsoft stated that this upgrade would be free on the Surface Laptop until March 31, [] Windows 10 S also contains a faster initial setup and login process, and allows devices to be provisioned using a USB drive with the Windows Intune for Education platform.[][][][][] In March , Microsoft announced that Windows 10 S would be deprecated because of market confusion and would be replaced by "S Mode", an OEM option wherein Windows defaults to only allowing applications to be installed from Microsoft Store, but does not require payment in order to disable these restrictions.[][]

Preview releases[edit]

See also: Windows Insider

A public beta program for Windows&#;10 known as the Windows Insider Program began with the first publicly available preview release on October 1, Insider preview builds are aimed towards enthusiasts and enterprise users for the testing and evaluation of updates and new features.[] Users of the Windows Insider program receive occasional updates to newer preview builds of the operating system and will continue to be able to evaluate preview releases after general availability (GA) in July ‍&#;‌this is in contrast to previous Windows beta programs, where public preview builds were released less frequently and only during the months preceding GA.[40][42][][][] Windows Insider builds continued being released after the release to manufacturing (RTM) of Windows&#;[]

Public release[edit]

On July 29, , Microsoft officially announced that Windows 10 would be released for retail purchase as a free upgrade from earlier versions of Windows. In comparison to previous Windows releases, which had a longer turnover between the release to manufacturing (RTM) and general release to allow for testing by vendors (and in some cases, the development of "upgrade kits" to prepare systems for installation of the new version), an HP executive explained that because it knew Microsoft targeted the operating system for a release, the company was able to optimize its then-current and upcoming products for Windows 10 in advance of its release, negating the need for such a milestone.[][better&#;source&#;needed]

The general availability build of Windows&#;10, numbered , was first released to Windows Insider channels for pre-launch testing on July 15, , prior to its formal release.[] Although a Microsoft official said there would be no specific RTM build of Windows 10, was described as an RTM build by media outlets because it was released to all Windows Insider members at once (rather than to users on the "Fast ring" first), it no longer carried pre-release branding and desktop watermark text, and its build number had mathematical connections to the number&#;10 in reference to the operating system's naming.[][][][][][] The Enterprise edition was released to volume licensing on August 1, []

Windows 10 is distributed digitally through the "Media Creation Tool", which is functionally identical to the Windows 8 online installer, and can also be used to generate an ISO image or USB install media.[] In-place upgrades are supported from most editions of Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 and Windows&#; with Update 1, while users with Windows&#;8 must first upgrade to Windows&#; Changing between architectures (e.g., upgrading from bit edition to a bit editions) via in-place upgrades is not supported; a clean install is required.[][] In-place upgrades may be rolled back to the device's previous version of Windows, provided that 30&#;days have not passed since installation, and backup files were not removed using Disk Cleanup.

Windows 10 was available in &#;countries and languages upon its launch, and as part of efforts to "re-engage" with users in China, Microsoft also announced that it would partner with Qihoo and Tencent to help promote and distribute Windows&#;10 in China, and that Chinese PC maker Lenovo would provide assistance at its service centers and retail outlets for helping users upgrade to Windows&#;[][][] At retail, Windows 10 is priced similarly to editions of Windows , with U.S. prices set at $ and $ for Windows 10&#;Home and Pro respectively. A Windows 10 Pro Pack license allows upgrades from Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro.[][] Retail copies only ship on USB flash drive media; however, system builder copies still ship as DVD-ROM media.[] New devices shipping with Windows&#;10 were also released during the operating system's launch window.[]

Windows RT devices cannot be upgraded to Windows&#;[][]

Free upgrade offer[edit]

Main article: Windows 10 editions §&#;Free upgrade

During its first year of availability,[] upgrade licenses for Windows&#;10 could be obtained at no charge for devices with a genuine license for an eligible edition of Windows&#;7 or&#;[][][]

This offer did not apply to Enterprise editions, as customers under an active Software Assurance (SA)&#;contract with upgrade rights are entitled to obtain Windows 10 Enterprise under their existing terms. All users running non-genuine copies of Windows, and those without an existing Windows&#;7 or&#;8 license, were ineligible for this promotion; although upgrades from a non-genuine version were possible, they result in a non-genuine copy of&#;[][][][][]

On the general availability build of Windows&#;10 (version ), to activate and generate the "digital entitlement" for Windows&#;10, the operating system must have first been installed as an in-place upgrade. During the free upgrade, a file is created in the background and the system's motherboard details are registered with a Microsoft Product Activation server. Once installed, the operating system can be reinstalled on that particular system via normal means without a product key, and the system's license will automatically be detected via online activation - in essence, the Microsoft Product Activation Server will remember the system's motherboard and give it the green light for product re-activation.[][][] Because of installation issues with Upgrade Only installs, the November Update (version ) included additional activation mechanisms. This build treated Windows&#;7 and Windows&#;8/ product keys as Windows&#;10 product keys, meaning they could be entered during installation to activate the free license, without the need to upgrade first to "activate" the hardware with Microsoft's activation servers.[] For major Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), Windows 8/ and Windows 10 OEM product keys are embedded in the firmware of the motherboard and if the correct edition of Windows 10 is present on the installation media, they are automatically inputted during installation. Since the release of the Fall Creators Update (version ), Microsoft decided to release multi-edition installation media, to alleviate installation and product activation issues users experienced because of accidentally installing the wrong edition of Windows

The Windows Insider Preview version of Windows&#;10 automatically updated itself to the generally released version as part of the version progression and continues to be updated to new beta builds, as it had throughout the testing process. Microsoft explicitly stated that Windows Insider was not a valid upgrade path for those running a version of Windows that is ineligible for the upgrade offer; although, if it was not installed with a license carried over from an in-place upgrade to 10 Insider Preview from Windows&#;7 or&#;8, the Insider Preview does remain activated as long as the user does not exit the Windows Insider program.[]

The offer was promoted and delivered via the "Get Windows&#;10" application (also known as GWX), which was automatically installed via Windows Update ahead of Windows 10's release, and activated on systems deemed eligible for the upgrade offer. Via a notification area icon, users could access an application that advertised Windows&#;10 and the free upgrade offer, check device compatibility, and "reserve" an automatic download of the operating system upon its release.[][] On July 28, a pre-download process began in which Windows&#;10 installation files were downloaded to some computers that had reserved it. Microsoft said that those who reserved Windows&#;10 would be able to install it through GWX in a phased rollout process. The operating system could alternatively be downloaded at any time using a separate "Media Creation Tool" setup program, that allows for the creation of DVD or USB installation media.[][][][]

In May , Microsoft announced that the free upgrade offer would be extended to users of assistive technologies; however, Microsoft did not implement any means of certifying eligibility for this offer, which some outlets thereby promoted as being a loophole to fraudulently obtain a free Windows 10 upgrade. Microsoft said that the loophole is not intended to be used in this manner.[][][] In November , Microsoft announced that this program would end on December 31, []

However, another loophole was found that allowed Windows 7 and users upgrade to Windows 10 using existing licenses, even though the free upgrade offers officially ended in No word from Microsoft was given whether it will be closed[] and some outlets have continued to promote it as a free method of upgrading from the now-unsupported Windows 7.[]

Licensing[edit]

During upgrades, Windows&#;10 licenses are not tied directly to a product key. Instead, the license status of the system's current installation of Windows is migrated, and a "Digital license" ( known as "Digital entitlement" in version or earlier) is generated during the activation process, which is bound to the hardware information collected during the process. If Windows&#;10 is reinstalled cleanly and there have not been any significant hardware changes since installation (such as a motherboard change), the online activation process will automatically recognize the system's digital entitlement if no product key is entered during installations. However, unique product keys are still distributed within retail copies of Windows&#; As with previous non-volume-licensed variants of Windows, significant hardware changes will invalidate the digital entitlement, and require Windows to be re-activated.[][]

Updates and support[edit]

Main article: Windows 10 version history

Unlike previous versions of Windows, Windows Update does not allow the selective installation of updates, and all updates (including patches, feature updates, and driver software) are downloaded and installed automatically. Users can only choose whether their system will reboot automatically to install updates when the system is inactive, or be notified to schedule a reboot.[][] If a wireless network is designated as "Metered"—a function which automatically reduces the operating system's background network activity to conserve limits on Internet usage—most updates are not downloaded until the device is connected to a non-metered network. Version allows wired (Ethernet) networks to be designated as metered, but Windows may still download certain updates while connected to a metered network.[][]

In version , by installing the August security update and later versions, driver and non-security updates pushed via Windows Update that are considered optional are no longer automatically downloaded and installed in their devices. Users can access them on Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > View optional update.[]

Updates can cause compatibility or other problems; a Microsoft troubleshooter program allows bad updates to be uninstalled.[][]

Under the Windows end-user license agreement, users consent to the automatic installation of all updates, features and drivers provided by the service, and implicitly consent "without any additional notice" to the possibility of features being modified or removed.[][][] The agreement also states, specifically for users of Windows&#;10 in Canada, that they may pause updates by disconnecting their device from the Internet.[]

Windows Update can also use a peer to peer system for distributing updates; by default, users' bandwidth is used to distribute previously downloaded updates to other users, in combination with Microsoft servers. Users can instead choose to only use peer-to-peer updates within their local area network.[]

Support lifecycle[edit]

Mainstream supportVaries by version[][]
Extended supportOctober&#;14,&#;&#;()[][]
Home, Pro, Pro for Workstations, S, Education, Pro Education, Enterprise, IoT Enterprise, IoT Core, Team, Enterprise LTSB, and IoT Enterprise LTSB.[]
Windows 10 Mobile, Mobile Enterprise, and IoT MobileUnsupported as of January 14, []
Windows 10 Enterprise and IoT Enterprise LTSBMainstream support ended on October 12, []
Extended support until October 13, []
Windows 10 Enterprise, IoT Enterprise, and IoT Core LTSCMainstream support until January 9, []
Extended support until January 9, []
Windows 10 Enterprise LTSCMainstream support until January 12, []
Windows 10 IoT Enterprise and IoT Core LTSCMainstream support until January 12, []
Extended support until January 13, []

The original release of Windows 10 receives mainstream support for five years after its original release, followed by five years of extended support, but this is subject to conditions. Microsoft's support lifecycle policy for the operating system notes that "Updates are cumulative, with each update built upon all of the updates that preceded it", that "a device needs to install the latest update to remain supported", and that a device's ability to receive future updates will depend on hardware compatibility, driver availability, and whether the device is within the OEM's "support period"‍&#;‌a new aspect not accounted for in lifecycle policies for previous versions.[][][][] This policy was first invoked in to block Intel Clover Trail devices from receiving the Creators Update, as Microsoft asserts that future updates "require additional hardware support to provide the best possible experience", and that Intel no longer provided support or drivers for the platform. Microsoft stated that these devices would no longer receive feature updates, but would still receive security updates through January [] Microsoft will continue to support at least one standard Windows 10 semi-annual channel release until October 14, [15][16]

The following table collects current status of the aforementioned updating and support of different branches of Windows

Update branchMicrosoft internal channels
(more detail here)
Alpha software
Windows Insider Preview Branch
(WIPB)
Beta software
Semi-Annual Channel
(formerly CB)
"End user"
Long-term Servicing channel
(formerly LTSB)
"Mission critical"
EditionHome &#;
Pro &#;
Education &#;
Enterprise Enterprise LTSC
Critical updates
Security patches and stability updates
Continuous Continuous as made available
(choice of Beta, Dev, or Release Preview channel)
Automatic User can defer updates indefinitely
Feature upgrades
Non-critical functionality and feature updates
Automatic or defer[]Only through LTSC in-place upgrades
Feature upgrades cadence Continuous Continuous as released Continuous, deferrable for 12 months at a time; once a deferral period is past, no further deferrals possible until latest updates are installed LTSC releases are stable 'snapshots' of SAC
Upgrade support Continuous updating, features come and go silently with new builds Continuous updating or in-place upgrade to supported LTSC builds In-place upgrade support for the three most recent LTSC builds
Update support Only the latest build is supported 10 years (or until future builds require hardware support the old device doesn't have or ~4 months after a missed cumulative update made into SAC.)[]10 years (or ~6 months from deferring build upgrade or until future builds require hardware support the old device doesn't have.) 5 years (for 21H2 and newer, non IoT) or 5 years mainstream + 5 years extended (for and older, all IoT versions)
Update methods Windows UpdateWindows Update
Windows Update for Business
Windows Server Update Services

Feature updates[edit]

Windows 10 is often described by Microsoft as being a "service", as it receives regular "feature updates" that contain new features and other updates and fixes.[][][][] In April , Microsoft stated that these updates would be released twice a year every March and September in the future.[] Mainstream builds of Windows 10, until and including , were labeled "YYMM", with "YY" representing the two-digit year and "MM" representing the month of release. For example, version was released in September (the ninth month) of This was changed with the 20H2 release where "MM" represents the half of the year in which the update was released, for example H1 for the first half and H2 for the second half.[]

The pace at which feature updates are received by devices is dependent on which release channel is used. The default branch for all users of Windows&#;10 Home and Pro is "Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted)" (formerly "Current Branch", or "CB"),[] which receives stable builds after they are publicly released by Microsoft. Each build of Windows 10 is supported for 18 months after its original release.[] In enterprise environments, Microsoft officially intends that this branch is used for "targeted" deployments of newly-released stable versions so that they can be evaluated and tested on a limited number of devices before a wider deployment. Once a stable build is certified by Microsoft and its partners as being suitable for broad deployment, the build is then released on the "Semi-Annual Channel" (formerly "Current Branch for Business", or "CBB"), which is supported by the Pro and Enterprise editions of Windows [][][] Semi-Annual Channel receives stable builds on a four-month delay from their release on the Targeted channel,[] Administrators can also use the "Windows Update for Business" system, as well as existing tools such as WSUS and System Center Configuration Manager, to organize structured deployments of feature updates across their networks.[][]

The Windows Insider branches receive unstable builds as they are released; it is divided into two channels, "Dev" (which receives new builds immediately after their release), and "Beta" (whose releases are slightly delayed from their "Dev" release).[]

Enterprise licensees may use the Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC (formerly LTSB) edition, where "LTSC" stands for "long-term servicing channel", which only receive quality of life updates (i.e. security patches), and has a full, 5 or year support lifecycle for each build.[][][] This edition is designed for "special-purpose devices" that perform a fixed function (such as automated teller machines and medical equipment). For this reason, it excludes Cortana, Microsoft Store, and all bundled Universal Windows Platform apps (including but not limited to Microsoft Edge, hence these builds ship only with Internet Explorer as browser).[][][][][][] Microsoft director Stella Chernyak explained that "we have businesses [that] may have mission-critical environments where we respect the fact they want to test and stabilize the environment for a long time."[] Four LTSC builds have been released, correlating with the , , , and 21H2 versions of Windows 10, respectively.[][][]

In July , Microsoft announced changes in the terminology for Windows branches as part of its effort to unify the update cadence with that of Office ProPlus and Windows Server [][] The branch system now defines two paces of upgrade deployment in enterprise environments, "targeted" initial deployment of a new version on selected systems immediately after its stable release for final testing, and "broad" deployment afterwards. Hence, "Current Branch" is now known as "Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted)", and "Current Branch for Business" for broad deployment is now referred to as "Semi-Annual Channel".[][]

In February , Microsoft announced changes again in delivering updates in beginning of release of version a single SAC will be released and SAC-T will be retired, and users are no longer able to switch to different channels. Instead, these updates can be deferred from 30 to 90 days, or depending how the device was configured to deferred the updates.[] In April , it was announced that, in addition, feature updates will no longer be automatically pushed to users.[] However after the release of version , the update only pushed for those running a feature update version that is nearing end of service or it can be paused for up to 35 days.[][]

Feature updates prior to version are distributed solely as an in-place upgrade installation, requiring the download of a complete operating system package (approximately &#;GB in size for bit systems). Unlike previous builds, version is designed primarily as an update rollup version of , focusing primarily on minor feature additions and enhancements. For upgrades to from , a new delivery method is used where its changes were delivered as part of the monthly cumulative update, but are left in a dormant state until the update "enablement" patch is installed. The full upgrade process is still used for those using builds prior to [][]

Features in development[edit]

In May , Microsoft unveiled Fluent Design System (previously codenamed "Project Neon"), a revamp of Microsoft Design Language 2 that will include guidelines for the designs and interactions used within software designed for all Windows 10 devices and platforms. The new design language will include the more prominent use of motion, depth, and translucency effects. Microsoft stated that the implementation of this design language would be performed over time, and it had already started to implement elements of it in Creators Update and Fall Creators Update.[]

On December 7, , Microsoft announced that, as part of a partnership with Qualcomm, it planned to introduce support for running Win32 software on ARM architecture with a bit x86 processor emulator, in Terry Myerson stated that this move would enable the production of Qualcomm Snapdragon-based Windows devices with cellular connectivity and improved power efficiency over Intel-compatible devices, and still capable of running the majority of existing Windows software (unlike the previous Windows RT, which was restricted to Windows Store apps). Microsoft is initially targeting this project towards laptops.[67] Microsoft launched the branding Always Connected PCs in December to market Windows 10 devices with cellular connectivity, which included two ARM-based 2-in-1 laptops from Asus and HP featuring the Snapdragon system-on-chip, and the announcement of a partnership between AMD and Qualcomm to integrate its Snapdragon X16 gigabit LTE modem with AMD's Ryzen Mobile platform.[][]

In August , Microsoft began testing changes to its handling of the user interface on convertible devices—downplaying the existing "Tablet Mode" option in favor of presenting the normal desktop with optimizations for touch when a keyboard is not present, such as increasing the space between taskbar buttons and displaying the virtual keyboard when text fields are selected.[]

In April , the ability to run Linux applications using a graphical user interface, such as Audacity, directly in Windows, was introduced as a preview.[] This feature would later be included as part of the updated Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 for Windows 11 only.

System requirements[edit]

The basic hardware requirements to install Windows 10 were initially the same as those for Windows and Windows 8, and only slightly higher than for Windows 7 and Windows Vista. As of the May update, the minimum disk space requirement has been increased to 32&#;GB. In addition, on new installations, Windows permanently reserves up to 7&#;GB of disk space in order to ensure proper installation of future feature updates.[][]

The bit variants require a CPU that supports certain instructions.[] Devices with low storage capacity must provide a USB flash drive or SD card with sufficient storage for temporary files during upgrades.[]

Some pre-built devices may be described as "certified" by Microsoft. Certified tablets must include , , and keys; and keys are no longer required.[]

As with Windows 8, all certified devices must ship with UEFI Secure Boot enabled by default. Unlike Windows 8, OEMs are no longer required to make Secure Boot settings user-configurable, meaning that devices may optionally be locked to run only Microsoft-signed operating systems.[] A supported infrared-illuminated camera is required for Windows Hello face authentication, and a supported fingerprint reader is required for Windows Hello fingerprint authentication.[] Device Guard requires a UEFI system with no third-party certificates loaded, and CPU virtualization extensions (including SLAT and IOMMU) enabled in firmware.

Beginning with Intel Kaby Lake and AMD Bristol Ridge, Windows 10 is the only version of Windows that Microsoft will officially support on newer CPU microarchitectures.[][] Terry Myerson stated that Microsoft did not want to make further investments in optimizing older versions of Windows and associated software for newer generations of processors.[][] These policies were criticized by the media, who especially noted that Microsoft was refusing to support newer hardware (particularly Intel's Skylake CPUs, which was also originally targeted by the new policy with a premature end of support that was ultimately retracted)[][] on Windows , a version of Windows that was still in mainstream support until January [][] In addition, an enthusiast-created modification was released that disabled the check and allowed Windows and earlier to continue to work on the platform.[]

Windows 10 version and later do not support Intel Clover Trail system-on-chips, per Microsoft's stated policy of only providing updates for devices during their OEM support period.[][]

Starting with Windows 10 version , Microsoft will require new OEM devices to use bit processors, and will therefore cease the distribution of x86 (bit) variants of Windows 10 via OEM channels. The bit variants of Windows 10 will remain available via non-OEM channels, and Microsoft will continue to "[provide] feature and security updates on these devices".[] This would later be followed by Windows 11 dropping bit hardware support altogether, and thus making Windows 10 the final version of Windows to have a bit version.[]

Reception[edit]

Main article: Criticism of Windows 10

Critics characterized the initial release of Windows 10 as being rushed, citing the incomplete state of some of the operating system's bundled software, such as the Edge web browser, as well as the stability of the operating system itself on launch.[][][] However, TechRadar felt that it could be "the new Windows 7", citing the operating system's more familiar user interface, improvements to bundled apps, performance improvements, a "rock solid" search system, and the Settings app being more full-featured than its equivalents on&#;8 and&#; The Edge browser was praised for its performance, although it was not in a feature-complete state at launch. While considering them a "great idea in principle", concerns were shown for Microsoft's focus on the universal app ecosystem:

It's by no means certain that developers are going to flock to Windows&#;10 from iOS and Android simply because they can convert their apps easily. It may well become a no-brainer for them, but at the moment a conscious decision is still required.[]

Engadget was similarly positive, noting that the upgrade process was painless and that Windows&#;10's user interface had balanced aspects of Windows&#;8 with those of previous versions with a more mature aesthetic. Cortana's always-on voice detection was considered to be its "true strength", also citing its query capabilities and personalization features, but noting that it was not as pre-emptive as Google Now. Windows&#;10's stock applications were praised for being improved over their Windows 8 counterparts, and for supporting windowed modes. The Xbox app was also praised for its Xbox One streaming functionality, although recommending its use over a wired network because of inconsistent quality over Wi-Fi. In conclusion, it was argued that "Windows&#;10 delivers the most refined desktop experience ever from Microsoft, and yet it's so much more than that. It's also a decent tablet OS, and it's ready for a world filled with hybrid devices. And, barring another baffling screwup, it looks like a significant step forward for mobile. Heck, it makes the Xbox One a more useful machine."[]

Ars Technica panned the new Tablet mode interface for removing the charms and app switching, making the Start button harder to use by requiring users to reach for the button on the bottom-left rather than at the center of the screen when swiping with a thumb, and for making application switching less instantaneous through the use of Task View. Microsoft Edge was praised for being "tremendously promising", and "a much better browser than Internet Explorer ever was", but criticized it for its lack of functionality on-launch. In conclusion, contrasting Windows&#;8 as being a "reliable" platform albeit consisting of unfinished concepts, Windows&#;10 was considered "the best Windows yet", and was praised for having a better overall concept in its ability to be "comfortable and effective" across a wide array of form factors, but that it was buggier than previous versions of Windows were on-launch.[]ExtremeTech felt that Windows&#;10 restricted the choices of users, citing its more opaque setting menus, forcing users to give up bandwidth for the peer-to-peer distribution of updates, and for taking away user control of specific functions, such as updates, explaining that "it feels, once again, as if Microsoft has taken the seed of a good idea, like providing users with security updates automatically, and shoved the throttle to maximum."[] Windows 10 has also received criticism because of deleting files without user permission after auto updates.[]

Critics have noted that Windows&#;10 heavily emphasizes freemium services, and contains various advertising facilities. Some outlets have considered these to be a hidden "cost" of the free upgrade offer.[][][] Examples of these have included microtransactions in bundled games such as Microsoft Solitaire Collection,[][][][] default settings that display promotions of "suggested" apps in the Start menu, "tips" on the lock screen that may contain advertising,[][] ads displayed in File Explorer for Office subscriptions on Creators' Update,[] and various advertising notifications displayed by default which promote Microsoft Edge when it is not set as the default web browser (including, in a September build, nag pop-ups displayed to interrupt the installation process of competitors).[][]

Market share and sales[edit]

See also: Usage share of operating systems §&#;Crossover to smartphones having majority share

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Up to August , Windows 10 usage was increasing, with it then plateauing,[] while eventually in , it became more popular than Windows 7[][] (though Windows 7 was still more used in some countries in Asia and Africa in ). As of March [update], the operating system is running on over a billion devices, reaching the goal set by Microsoft two years after the initial deadline.[21]

Twenty-four hours after it was released, Microsoft announced that over 14&#;million devices were running Windows&#;[] On August 26, Microsoft said over 75&#;million devices were running Windows&#;10, in &#;countries, and on over 90, unique PC or tablet models.[] According to Terry Myerson, there were over &#;million devices running Windows&#;10 as of October 6, [] On January 4, , Microsoft reported that Windows&#;10 had been activated on over &#;million devices since the operating system's launch in July [][]

According to StatCounter, Windows 10 overtook Windows in December [][]Iceland was the first country where Windows 10 was ranked first (not only on the desktop, but across all platforms),[] with several larger European countries following. For one week in late November , Windows 10 overtook first rank from Windows 7 in the United States, before losing it again.[] By February , Windows 10 was losing market share to Windows 7.[]

In mid-January , Windows 10 had a slightly higher global market share than Windows 7,[] with it noticeably more popular on weekends,[] while popularity varies widely by region, e.g. Windows 10 was then still behind in Africa[] and far ahead in some other regions e.g. Oceania.[]

Update system changes[edit]

Windows 10 Home is permanently set to download all updates automatically, including cumulative updates, security patches, and drivers, and users cannot individually select updates to install or not.[] Microsoft offers a diagnostic tool that can be used to hide updates and prevent them from being reinstalled, but only after they had been already installed, then uninstalled without rebooting the system.[][] Tom Warren of The Verge felt that, given web browsers such as Google Chrome had already adopted such an automatic update system, such a requirement would help to keep all Windows&#;10 devices secure, and felt that "if you're used to family members calling you for technical support because they've failed to upgrade to the latest Windows service pack or some malware disabled Windows Update then those days will hopefully be over."[]

Concerns were raised that because of these changes, users would be unable to skip the automatic installation of updates that are faulty or cause issues with certain system configurations—although build upgrades will also be subject to public beta testing via Windows Insider program.[][] There were also concerns that the forced installation of driver updates through Windows Update, where they were previously designated as "optional", could cause conflicts with drivers that were installed independently of Windows Update. An example of such a situation occurred prior to the general release of the operating system, when an Nvidiagraphics card driver that was automatically pushed to Windows&#;10 users via Windows Update caused issues that prevented the use of certain functions, or prevented their system from booting at all.[]

Criticism was also directed towards Microsoft's decision to no longer provide specific details on the contents of cumulative updates for Windows [] On February 9, , Microsoft retracted this decision and began to provide release notes for cumulative updates on the Windows website.[]

Some users reported that during the installation of the November upgrade, some applications (particularly utility programs such as CPU-Z and Speccy) were automatically uninstalled during the upgrade process, and some default programs were reset to Microsoft-specified defaults (such as Photos app, and Microsoft Edge for PDF viewing), both without warning.[][]

Further issues were discovered upon the launch of the Anniversary Update ("Redstone"), including a bug that caused some devices to freeze (but addressed by cumulative update KB, released on August 31, ),[][] and that fundamental changes to how Windows handles webcams had caused many to stop working.[]

In June , a Redstone 3 Insider build (RS_EDGE_CASE in PC and rs_IoT on Mobile) was accidentally released to both Insider and non-Insider users on all Windows 10 devices, but the update was retracted, with Microsoft apologizing and releasing a note on their Windows Insider Program blog describing how to prevent the build from being installed on their device.[] According to Dona Sarkar, this was due to "an inadvertent deployment to the engineering system that controls which builds/which rings to push out to insiders."[]

A Gartner analyst felt that Windows 10 Pro was becoming increasingly inappropriate for use in enterprise environments because of support policy changes by Microsoft, including consumer-oriented upgrade lifecycle length, and only offering extended support for individual builds to Enterprise and Education editions of Windows []

Critics have acknowledged that Microsoft's update and testing practices had been affecting the overall quality of Windows In particular, it was pointed out that Microsoft's internal testing departments had been prominently affected by a major round of layoffs undertaken by the company in Microsoft relies primarily on user testing and bug reports via the Windows Insider program (which may not always be of sufficient quality to identify a bug), as well as correspondence with OEMs and other stakeholders. In the wake of the known folder redirection data loss bug in the version , it was pointed out that bug reports describing the issue had been present on the Feedback Hub app for several months prior to the public release. Following the incident, Microsoft updated Feedback Hub so that users may specify the severity of a particular bug report. When announcing the resumption of 's rollout, Microsoft stated that it planned to be more transparent in its handling of update quality in the future, through a series of blog posts that will detail its testing process and the planned development of a "dashboard" that will indicate the rollout progress of future updates.[][][][][]

Distribution practices[edit]

Microsoft was criticized for the tactics that it used to promote its free upgrade campaign for Windows 10, including adware-like behaviors,[] using deceptive user interfaces to coax users into installing the operating system,[]

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Microsoft says it’s planning to update Windows 10 annually with any future feature updates. Starting today, Microsoft is releasing the Windows 10 November update, and the next major update after that will be available later in This update cadence matches the same used by Windows 11, which will also introduce new features on an annual basis.

“We will transition to a new Windows 10 release cadence to align with the Windows 11 cadence, targeting annual feature update releases,” explains John Cable, Microsoft’s head of Windows servicing and delivery. “The next Windows 10 feature update is slated for the second half of ”

Microsoft’s commitment to future Windows 10 feature updates comes after the company was quiet about its plans during the Windows 11 unveiling earlier this year. It’s still not clear what Microsoft will bring to Windows 10 in the future, though. The November update is very minor, with the only standout feature for users being GPU compute support in the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). Microsoft has also already started rolling out the new Microsoft Store to Windows 10 devices earlier this month.

Most of Microsoft’s future Windows plans are understandably for Windows 11, but the company will support at least one version of Windows 10 until October 14th, We could see two or maybe three feature updates to Windows 10 until its end of support date, but they’re not likely to be significant ones anymore.

Microsoft is also accelerating its rollout of Windows 11 today. “Based on the positive rollout update experience and user feedback we have seen to date, we are advancing the pace of the rollout faster than we previously anticipated, and now making the Windows 11 upgrade more broadly available to eligible Windows 10 devices,” says Cable.

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Wake-on-LAN (WoL) is an old-school technique that network administrators have used for years to remotely turn on PCs on the same network without sidling up to them. You can use it at home, too. Here&#;s how.

Why Use WoL and How It Works

First, let&#;s discuss why you might want to use this feature, and really there&#;s only one: convenience. Let&#;s say you&#;re making coffee in the kitchen, and you want the PC on by the time you get to your home office. Just fire up an app from your phone, tap a button, and your PC will be ready and waiting by the time you get there.

It doesn&#;t have to be just a phone that wakes your PC either. You can use this trick from another PC, a Mac, or even a smart speaker if you don&#;t mind a slightly complicated setup.

Wake-on-LAN&#;s basic premise is pretty simple. Computers send and receive information in small parts called packets. When WoL is enabled, your PC is waiting for a so-called &#;magic packet&#; that tells it to wake up by including the PC&#;s MAC address.

Remember that without some tweaking that is beyond the scope of this article, WoL is not a remote feature. Your waking device (the phone) has to be on the same network that the PC to be waked is using.

WoL Prerequisites

Before anything else, your PC needs to be on an Ethernet connection. For that reason, this trick works best with desktops or laptops that are always plugged into Ethernet. You may also have to turn Wi-Fi off on the target device for WoL to work properly.

Next, you need to have WoL enabled in your computer&#;s BIOS. We&#;ve got a tutorial on how to get into your PC&#;s BIOS as it&#;s slightly different depending on the brand. Usually, however, it&#;s a matter of hitting a dedicated key or a regular keyboard key such as Del.

A gigabyte BIOS screen with red arrows pointing to the Wake On Lan option.

Looking inside the BIOS the Wake-on-LAN option may be organized differently and the feature can be packaged as part of a larger set of features. On this example PC, the WoL feature was found under Power as its own entry. If you can&#;t find the feature, search for it on Google using your motherboard&#;s brand name and model number.

Often WoL is enabled automatically in the BIOS, but it&#;s always a good idea to double-check.

Next, you have to enable WoL inside Windows 10 or

Open the context menu for the start button and select the Device Manager option in Windows

First, you need to open the Device Manager by right-clicking the start button and selecting &#;Device Manager.&#; Another alternative is to search for it by hitting the Start button and typing in &#;device manager.&#;

The device manager in Windows 11 with a red arrow pointing to the properties option for a network controller.

Once the utility opens click on Network adapters and select your Ethernet controller. You may have a ton of options, but you&#;re looking for something with a name that includes &#;controller,&#; &#;adapter,&#; or something similar. Anything that says TAP, VPN, or host-only is not what you&#;re looking for.

Once you&#;ve found your Ethernet controller right-click it and select Properties.

Enable these Wake-on-Lan settings in Device Manager.

A properties window will open. Click the &#;Power Management&#; tab and make sure all three boxes there are checked including:

  • Allow The Computer To Turn Off This Device To Save Power
  • Allow This Device To Wake The Computer
  • Only Allow A Magic Packet To Wake The Computer

The magic packet settings in Ethernet controller properties window.

Before we close this window let&#;s go to the &#;Advanced&#; tab. In the list scroll down to &#;Wake On Magic Packet,&#; select it, and ensure under &#;Value&#; that the drop-down box says &#;Enabled.&#;

If that&#;s the case, click &#;OK,&#; and you&#;re done with this part.

One last thing: open the Settings app by hitting Windows+i on your keyboard. Then in Windows 11 go to Network & Internet > Ethernet, and scroll down to the bottom of the window.

In Windows 10 go to Network & Internet > Ethernet, and then at the top click on the name of your Ethernet connection. Next, scroll all the way down under &#;Properties.&#;

Here you&#;ll find something labeled &#;Physical address (MAC)&#; and then a combination of letters and numbers. It&#;s usually about 12 characters separated by dashes. Copy this down in case you need it.

Setting Up Your Wake Device

With the PC set up, it&#;s time to get our device ready that&#;s going to do the waking.

For this example, we&#;re going to make it nice and simple and use a phone. Download the Wake On Lan app from developer Mike Webb.

Wake on Lan for Android with a PC ready to go.

Once it&#;s installed, make sure you&#;re connected via Wi-Fi to the same network your target PC is on. Now tap the plus (+) button on the main screen, and then when you get to the next screen, pull down and wait. The pull-down will trigger a network search to find devices on your network.

Once you find your device, you can select it, and you&#;re done. If you don&#;t see it tap &#;Enter Manually,&#; give your device a nickname and enter its MAC Address. Then tap &#;Add Device.&#;

Choose the Sleep option.

Now it&#;s time to test our setup. Go to your wakeable PC, click the Start menu, and then the power button. Instead of choosing, &#;Shut Down&#; choose &#;Sleep,&#; and wait for your PC to go into the low-power mode.

Now, open up the Wake-on-LAN app on your phone, tap your device, and it should turn on within a few seconds.

RELATED:PSA: Don't Shut Down Your Computer, Just Use Sleep (or Hibernation)

Troubleshooting

If the WoL feature doesn&#;t work do some basic troubleshooting such as making sure your PC is actually sleeping. Are all the RGB lights off (assuming you didn&#;t set them to remain on)? Is the power button glowing as if the PC is on? Try waking it the standard way to see what happens.

If the PC was truly asleep then check that your phone is connected to the right Wi-Fi network, put your PC back to sleep and try again. It may also be worth checking your Ethernet cable for faults.

Wake-on-LAN is a fun, easy feature to enable that can be very helpful for those times you want your PC to be ready to go the moment you are.

RELATED:How to Make Any Computer Boot Up or Shut Down on a Schedule

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Windows A guide to the updates

On November 16, Microsoft announced the availability of Windows 10 version 21H2, known as the November Update. But the launch of a major Windows 10 update isn’t the end of a process — it’s really just the beginning. As soon as one of Microsoft’s twice-yearly feature updates is released, the company quickly gets to work on improving it by fixing bugs, releasing security patches, and occasionally adding new features.

In this story we summarize what you need to know about each update released to the public for the most recent versions of Windows 10 — versions 21H2, windows 10, 21H1, 20H2, and (Microsoft releases updates for those four versions together.) For each build, we’ve included the date of its initial release and a link to Microsoft’s announcement about it. The most recent updates appear first.

Note that Microsoft has not yet begun actively pushing Windows 10 21H2 to most users, windows 10. You can seek out and install the release on your PC, windows 10, but why rush things? In fact, we recommend keeping 21H2 off your machine for now to avoid any bugs that may crop up with the new Converter Archives - keygenfile you’re still using an earlier version of Windows 10 or of Windows, see the Microsoft support site for info about updates to Windows 10, windows 10,, the initial version of Windows 10 released in JulyWindowsand Windows 7.

And if you’re looking for information about Insider Program previews for upcoming feature releases of Windows 10, windows 10 “Windows 10 Insider Previews: A guide to the builds.”

Windows 10 November Update (version 21H2)

Release date: November 16,

Version 21H2, called the Windows 10 November Update, is the second feature update to Windows 10 released in Here’s a quick summary of what’s new:

  • Wi-Fi security has been enhanced with WPA3 H2E standards support.
  • GPU compute support has been added in the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) and Azure IoT Edge for Linux on Windows (EFLOW) deployments for machine learning and other compute-intensive workflows.

There are also a number of features designed for IT and business:

  • Windows Hello for Business has a new deployment method called cloud trust that simplifies passwordless deployments.
  • For increased security, there have been changes to the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) VPN APIs, windows 10, which includes the ability to implement Lazesoft Windows Recovery (Suite) 4.5.1 Home Crack+ Serial Key Free 2021 Down. web-based authentication schemes and to reuse existing protocols.
  • Apps can now be provisioned from Azure Virtual Windows 10. This allows those apps to run just like windows 10 apps, including the windows 10 to copy and paste between remote and local apps.
  • The release closes the gap between Group Policy and mobile device management (MDM) settings. The device configuration settings catalog has been updated to list more than 1, settings previously not available for configuration via MDM. The new MDM policies include administrative template (ADMX) policies, windows 10, such as App Compat, Event Forwarding, Servicing, and Task Scheduler.
  • An upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise includes Universal Print, windows 10, which now supports print jobs of up to 1GB or a series of print windows 10 from an individual user that add Photo Editors Archives - All Latest Crack Software Free Download to 1GB within any minute period.
  • Universal Print integrates with OneDrive for web and Excel for web. This allows users of any browser or device connected to the internet to print documents hosted in OneDrive for web to a printer in their organization without installing printer drivers on their devices.

Microsoft has also announced that starting with this release, windows 10, Windows 10 will get feature updates only once a year.

Updates to Windows 10 versions20H2, and 21H1

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Release date: November 9,

This update makes quality improvements to the servicing stack, which is the component that installs Windows updates. The build also includes a wide variety of security updates. For details, see Microsoft’s Security Update Guide and the November Security Update notes.

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There are three known issues in this update, windows 10, including one in which devices with Windows installations created from custom offline media or a custom ISO image might have Microsoft Edge Legacy removed by this update, but not automatically replaced by the new Microsoft Edge.

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Release date: October 26,

This update makes quality improvements to the servicing stack, which is the component that installs Windows updates. It also fixes a wide variety of bugs, including one that prevented subtitles from displaying for some video apps and streaming video sites, and another that sometimes caused lock screen backgrounds to appear black if they were set up to have a slideshow of pictures as the lock screen background.

There are three known issues in this update, including one in which devices with Windows installations created from custom offline media or custom ISO image might have Microsoft Edge Legacy removed by this update, but not automatically replaced by the new Microsoft Edge.

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Release date: October 12,

This update makes quality improvements to the servicing stack, which is the component that installs Windows updates. It also fixes a bug that prevented some applications, such as Microsoft Office and Adobe Reader, from opening or caused them to stop responding.

The build also includes a wide variety of security updates. For details, see Microsoft’s Security Update Guide and the October Security Update notes.

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Release date: September 30,

This build fixes a small number of bugs, including one in which applications such as Microsoft Outlook suddenly stopped working during normal use, and another that caused blurry News and Interests icons with certain screen resolutions.

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Release date: September 14,

This update makes quality improvements to the servicing stack, which is the component that installs Windows updates. It also fixes a bug that caused PowerShell to create an infinite number of child directories. The issue occurred when you used the PowerShell Move-Item command to move a windows 10 to one of its children. As a result, the volume filled up and the system stopped responding.

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Release date: September 1,

This build fixes a wide variety of bugs, including one that reset syncing for Microsoft OneDrive to “Known folders only” after you installed a Windows update, and another in which flickering and residual line artifacts appeared when resizing images.

The build also includes more than 1, new mobile device management (MDM) policies. With them, you can configure policies that Group Policies also support. These new MDM policies include administrative template (ADMX) policies, such as App Compat, Event Forwarding, Servicing, windows 10, windows 10 Task Scheduler. Starting in Septemberyou can use the Microsoft Endpoint Manager (MEM) Settings Catalog to configure these new MDM policies.

There are several known issues in this update, including one in which devices with Windows installations created from custom offline media or custom ISO images might have Microsoft Edge Legacy removed by this update, but not automatically replaced by the new Microsoft Edge.

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Release date: August 10,

This build changes the default privilege requirement for installing drivers when using Point and Print, windows 10. After installing this update, you must have administrative privileges to install drivers. See KB, Point and Print Windows 10 Behavior Change, and CVE for more information. The build also makes quality improvements to the servicing stack, which is the component that installs Windows updates.

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Release date: July 29,

This build fixes a wide variety of bugs, including one that caused the File Explorer window to lose focus when mapping a network drive, another that failed to detect internet connectivity when connected to a VPN, and another that caused System Integrity to windows 10 memory.

There are several known issues in this update, including one in which devices with Windows installations created from custom offline media or a custom ISO image might have Microsoft Edge Legacy removed by this update, but not automatically replaced by windows 10 new Microsoft Edge.

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Release date: July 13,

This build fixes several bugs, including one that made it difficult to print to a variety of printers, primarily USB receipt or label printers. It also removes support for the PerformTicketSignature setting and permanently enables Enforcement mode for CVE

It also has a variety of security updates for Windows Apps, Windows Windows 10, Windows Fundamentals, windows 10, Windows Authentication, Windows User Account Control (UAC), Operating System Security, Windows Virtualization, Windows Linux, the Windows Kernel, windows 10, the Microsoft Scripting Engine, windows 10, the Windows HTML Platforms, the Windows MSHTML Platform, and Windows Graphics.

For more details, see Microsoft’s Security Update Guide.

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Release date: July 6,

This build closes a remote code execution exploit in the Windows Print Spooler service, windows 10, known as “PrintNightmare,” as documented in CVE

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Release date: June 29,

This out-of-band build fixes a bug that may prevent you from opening PDFs using Internet Explorer 11 or apps that use the bit version windows 10 the WebBrowser control.

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Release date: June 21, windows 10,

This build addresses about three dozen bugs, including one in which signing in using a PIN fails, and another that might cause a VPN to fail after renewing a user auto-enrolled certificate. It also removes Adobe Flash from your PC and makes improvements to the servicing stack, the component that installs Windows updates.

Among the build’s known issues are one in which when using the Microsoft Japanese Input Method Editor (IME) to enter Kanji characters in an app that automatically allows the input of Furigana characters, you might not get the correct Furigana characters. You might need to enter the characters manually.

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Release date: June 11,

This out-of-band build fixes a bug that might redirect you to the Microsoft Store page for Gaming Services when you try to install or start an Xbox Game Pass game on your Windows 10 device, windows 10. Additionally, you windows 10 receive error 0xD26 or 0xF. For more information, see KB

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Release date: June 8,

This build includes improvements to the servicing stack, which is the component that installs Windows updates. It also includes changes for verifying user names and passwords and for storing and managing files.

It also has a variety of security updates to the Microsoft Scripting Engine, Windows App Platform and Frameworks, Windows Input and Composition, Windows Management, Windows Cloud Infrastructure, Windows Authentication, Windows Fundamentals, Windows Virtualization, Windows Kernel, Windows HTML Platform, windows 10, and Windows Storage and Filesystems.

For more details, see Microsoft’s Security Update Guide.

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Release date: May 25,

This build adds the Open on hover option (which is checked by default) to the News and interests menu. To access it, right-click a blank space on the Windows taskbar and open the News and interests menu.

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Windows 10 May Update (version 21H1)

Release date: May 18,

Version 21H1, called the Windows 10 May Update, is the most recent update to Windows This is a relatively minor update, but it does have a few new features.

Here’s a quick summary of what’s new in 21H1:

  • Windows Hello multicamera support: If you have an windows 10 Windows Hello camera for your PC, you can set the external camera as your default camera. (Windows Hello is used for signing into PCs.) Why should windows 10 change matter to you? If you have an external camera, you probably bought windows 10 because it’s superior to the built-in, windows 10, internal one on your computer, windows 10. So with this change, you’ll be able to use the more accurate camera for logging into your PC.
  • Improved Windows Defender Application Guard performance: Windows Defender Application Guard lets administrators configure applications to run in an isolated, virtualized container for improved security. With this change, documents will open more quickly. It can currently take up to a minute to open an Office document in it.
  • Better Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) Group Policy Service support: Microsoft has made it easier for administrators to change settings to support remote work.

Updates to Windows 10 versions and 20H2 prior to the 21H1 release

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Release date: May 11,

This build includes a variety of security updates for Windows App Platform and Frameworks, the Windows Kernel, Windows Media, the Microsoft Scripting Engine, and the Windows Silicon Platform, windows 10. For more details, see Microsoft’s Security Update Guide. It also updates security for Bluetooth drivers and Windows OLE (compound documents).

There are several known issues in this update, including one in which system and user certificates might be lost when updating a device from Windows 10 version or later to a later version of Windows Devices using Windows Update for Business or that connect directly to Windows Update are windows 10 impacted.

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Release date: April 28, windows 10,

This update gives you quick access to an integrated feed of dynamic content, such as news, weather, sports, and more, that updates throughout the day, via the Windows taskbar. You can personalize the feed to match your interests. For more details, see Microsoft’s Personalized content at a glance: Introducing news and interests on the Windows 10 taskbar.

There are several known issues in this update, including one in which system and user certificates might be lost when updating a device from Windows 10 version or later to a later version of Windows In addition, devices with Windows installations created from custom offline media or custom ISO images might have the legacy version of Microsoft Edge removed by the update, but not automatically replaced by the new Microsoft Edge.

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Release date: April 13,

This update includes a wide variety of security updates, windows 10, for Windows App Platform and Frameworks, Windows Apps, Windows Input and Composition, Windows Office Media, Windows Fundamentals, Windows Cryptography, the Windows AI Platform, Windows Kernel, Windows Virtualization, and Windows Media. For details, see Microsoft's Security Update Guide website.

There are several other security issues addressed, including fixing a potential elevation of privilege vulnerability in the way Azure Active Directory web sign-in allows arbitrary browsing from the third-party endpoints used for federated authentication.

In this build, Microsoft also removed the Microsoft Edge legacy browser and windows 10 it with the new Chromium-based Edge.

There are several known issues in this update, including one in which system and user certificates might be lost when updating a device from Windows 10 version or later to a later version of Windows Devices using Windows Update for Business or that connect directly to Windows Update are not impacted.

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Release date: March 29, windows 10,

This update fixes a variety of minor bugs, including one that made high dynamic range (HDR) screens appear much darker than expected, windows 10, and another that caused video playback to be out of sync in duplicate mode with multiple monitors.

There are several known issues in this build, including one in which System and user certificates might be lost when updating a device from Windows 10 version or later to a later version of Windows Devices using Windows Update for Business or that connect directly to Windows Update are not impacted.

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KB (OS Builds and )

Release date: March 18,

This out-of-band update fixes a single bug in which graphical content could not be printed.

There is one known issue in this update, in which system and user certificates may be lost when updating a device from Windows 10 version or later to a later version of Windows

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KB (OS Builds  and )

Date: March 15,

This out-of-band update fixes a single bug, which caused a blue screen when you attempted to print to certain printers using some apps.

There is one known issue in this update, in which system and user certificates may be lost when updating a device from Windows 10 version or later to a later version of Windows

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Release date: March 9,

This update includes a wide variety of security updates for the Windows Shell, Windows Fundamentals, Windows Management, Windows Apps, Windows User Account Control (UAC), Windows Virtualization, the Windows Kernel, windows 10, the Microsoft Graphics Component, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge Legacy, and Windows Media. For details, windows 10, see the Microsoft Security Update Guide.

There are three known issues in this update, including one in windows 10 system and user certificates might be lost when updating a device from Windows 10 version

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Release date: February 24,

This update fixes a variety of minor bugs, including one that windows 10 video playback to flicker when rendering on certain low-latency capable monitors, and another that sometimes prevented the input of strings into the Input Method Editor (IME).

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Release date: February 9,

This update fixes a bug and includes a variety of security updates, windows 10. The bug fixed could damage the file system of some devices and prevent them from starting up after running chkdsk Cricket 19 crack serial keygen updates are provided for Windows App Platform and Frameworks, Windows Apps, Windows Input and Composition, Windows Cloud Infrastructure, Windows Management, Windows Authentication, Windows Fundamentals, Windows Cryptography, Windows Virtualization, Windows Core Networking, and Windows Hybrid Cloud Networking. For details, see the Microsoft Security Update Guide.

There are three known issues in this update, windows 10, including one in which system and user certificates might be lost when updating a device from Windows 10 version

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Release date: January 12,

This build fixes a variety of security vulnerabilities, including one with HTTPS-based intranet servers, and a security bypass vulnerability in the way the Printer Remote Procedure Call (RPC) binding handles authentication for the remote Winspool interface.

There are windows 10 security updates to Windows App Platform and Frameworks, windows 10, Windows Media, Windows Fundamentals, windows 10, Windows Kernel, Windows Cryptography, Windows Virtualization, Windows Peripherals, windows 10, and Windows Hybrid Storage Services. For details see the Microsoft Security Update Guide.

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Release date: December 8,

This update fixes a security vulnerability by preventing applications that run as a SYSTEM account from printing to “FILE:” ports. It also has security updates for the legacy version of Microsoft Edge, the Microsoft Graphics Component, windows 10, Windows Media, Windows Fundamentals, and Windows Virtualization. For details see the Microsoft Security Update Guide.

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Release date: November 30,

This build fixes a wide variety of bugs, including one that caused Narrator to stop responding after you unlock a device if the app was in use before you locked the device, windows 10, and another that made makes the touch keyboard unstable in the Mail app.

There are two known issues in this update, one in which system and user certificates might be lost when updating a device from Windows 10 version or later to a later version of Windows 10, and another in which users of the Microsoft Input Method Editor (IME) for Japanese or Chinese languages might experience issues when attempting various tasks.

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Release date: November 19,

This minor build fixes issues with Kerberos authentication related to the PerformTicketSignature registry subkey value in CVE, which was a part of the November 10, Windows update.

There are two known issues in this update, one in which system and windows 10 certificates might be lost when updating a device from Windows 10, windows 10, version or later to a later version of Windows 10, and another in which users of the Microsoft Input Method Editor (IME) for Japanese or Chinese languages might experience windows 10 when attempting various tasks.

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Release date: November 10,

This build updates the DST start date for the Fiji Islands to December 20, and includes security updates to the Microsoft Scripting Engine, Windows 10 Input and Composition, Microsoft Graphics Component, the Windows Wallet Service, Windows Fundamentals, and the Windows Kernel. For details see the release notes for November Security Updates.

There are two known issues in this update, including one in which system and user certificates might be lost when updating a device from Windows 10 version or later to a later version of Windows 10, and another in which users of the Microsoft Input Method Editor (IME) for Japanese or Chinese languages might experience issues when attempting various tasks.

What IT needs to know: Because this is a security update, it should be applied relatively soon, windows 10. Over the next few weeks, check for reports about problematic issues, and if all seems well, apply the update.

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KB (OS Builds  and )

Release date: October 29,

This update makes it easier to connect to EaseUS Partition Recovery 5.6.1 crack serial keygen in Skype, using Meet Now windows 10 the taskbar. In addition, there are a wide variety of bug fixes, including for one that displayed the incorrect CPU frequency for certain processors, windows 10, another that displayed nothing on the screen for five minutes or more during a Remote Desktop Protocol windows 10 session, and another that caused the Docker pull operation to fail due to a Code Integrity (CI) Policy that blocks the import of a Windows container image.

There are two known issues in this update, including one in which system and user certificates might be lost when updating a device from Windows 10 version or later to a later version of Windows 10, and another in which users of the Microsoft Input Method Editor (IME) for Japanese or Chinese languages might experience issues when attempting various tasks.

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Windows 10 October Update (version 20H2)

Release date: October 20, windows 10,

Version 20H2, called the Windows 10 October Update, is the most recent update to Windows This is a relatively minor update but does have a few new features.

Here’s a quick summary of what’s new in 20H2:

  • The new Chromium-based version of the Microsoft Edge browser is now built directly into Windows
  • The System page of Control Panel has been removed. Those settings have been moved to the Settings app.
  • The Start menu’s tiled background will match your choice of Windows themes. So the tiled background will be light if you’re using the Windows 10 light theme and dark if you’re using the Windows 10 dark theme.
  • When you use Alt-Tab, Edge will now display each tab in your browser in a different Alt-Tab window. Previously, when you used Alt-Tab, Edge would get only a single window. You can change this new behavior by going to Settings > System > Multitasking.
  • When you pin a site to the taskbar in Edge, you can click or mouse over its icon to see all your browser tabs that are open for that website.
  • When you detach a keyboard on a 2-in-1 device, windows 10, the device will automatically switch to the tablet-based interface. Previously, you were asked whether you wanted to switch. You can change that setting by going to Settings > System > Tablet.
  • The Your Phone app gets a variety of new features for some Samsung devices. When using one of the devices, you can interact with the Android apps on your phone from the Your Phone app on Windows

What IT needs to know: Windows 10 version 20H2 also has a variety of small changes of note for sysadmins and those in IT.

  • IT professionals who administer multiple mobile devices get a new Modern Device Management (MDM) “Local Users and Groups” settings windows 10 that mirrors options available for devices that are managed through Group Policy.
  • Windows Autopilot, used to set up and configure devices in enterprises, has gained a variety of small enhancement, including better deployment of HoloLens devices, the addition of co-management policies, enhancements to Autopilot deployment reporting, windows 10, and the ability to reuse Configuration Manager task sequences to configure devices.
  • Microsoft Defender Application Guard now supports Office, windows 10. This allows untrusted Office documents from outside an enterprise to launch in an isolated container to stop potentially malicious content from compromising computers or exploiting personal information found on them.
  • Latest Cumulative Updates (LCUs) and Servicing Stack Updates (SSUs) have been combined into a single cumulative monthly update, available via Microsoft Catalog or Windows Server Update Services.
  • Biometric sign-on has been made more secure, windows 10. Windows Hello now has support for virtualization-based security for certain fingerprint and face sensors, which protects, isolates, and secures a user's biometric authentication data.

For more details, see Microsoft’s “What’s new for IT pros in Windows windows 10, version 20H2.”

Updates to Windows 10 version prior to the 20H2 release

KB (OS Build )

Release date: October 13,

This build fixes a few minor bugs and includes a variety of security updates. Among the bugs fixed are an issue with creating null ports using the user interface, and another issue with a possible elevation of privilege in win32k.

Security updates were issued for Windows App Platform and Frameworks, Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows Media, Windows Fundamentals, Windows Authentication, Windows Virtualization, and Windows Kernel, windows 10. For details, see the Release Notes for October Security Updates.

There are two known issues in this build: In one, users of Microsoft Input Method Editor (IME) for Chinese and Japanese might have issues with input. In the other, when installing a third-party driver you might receive the error “Windows can’t verify the publisher of this driver software.” You might also see the error “No signature was present in the subject” when attempting to view the signature properties using Windows Explorer.

What IT needs to know: Because this is a security update, it should be applied relatively soon. Over the next few weeks, check for reports about windows 10 issues, and if all seems well, apply the update.

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KB windows 10 Build ) Preview

Release date: October 1,

This build reduces distortions and aberrations in Windows Mixed Reality head-mounted displays and fixes a wide variety of bugs, windows 10, including one that caused random line breaks when you redirect PowerShell console error output, windows 10 another that that prevented the Language Bar from appearing when a user signs in to a new session.

There is one known issue in this build: Users of Microsoft Input Method Editor (IME) for Chinese and Japanese might have issues with input.

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KB (OS Build )

Release date: September 8,

This build includes security updates for Windows App Platform and Frameworks, Microsoft Graphics Component, windows 10, Windows Input and Composition, Windows Media, Windows Shell, Windows Cloud Infrastructure, windows 10, Windows Fundamentals, Windows Management, Windows Kernel, Windows Virtualization, Windows Storage and Filesystems, the Microsoft Scripting Engine, windows 10, and the Microsoft JET Database Engine.

For details, see the Release Notes for September Security Updates.

The build also fixes a security vulnerability issue with user proxies and HTTP-based intranet servers, and addresses an issue with a possible elevation of privileges in storycall.us

What IT needs to know: Because this is a security update, it should be applied relatively soon. Over the next few weeks, check for reports about problematic issues, and if all seems well, apply the update.

There is one known issue in this build: Users of Microsoft Input Method Editor (IME) for Chinese and Japanese might have issues with input.

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KB (OS Build )

Release date: September 3,

This build fixes a laundry list of minor bugs, including one that prevented apps from downloading an update or opening in certain scenarios, another that prevented users from reducing the size of windows and another that caused File Explorer to stop working when you browsed directories of RAW images and other file types.

There is one known issue in this build: Users of Microsoft Input Method Editor (IME) for Chinese and Japanese might have issues with input.

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KB (OS Build windows 10 date: August 11,

This build includes security updates for the Microsoft Scripting Engine, Internet Explorer, windows 10, Windows Graphics, Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows Kernel, Windows Input windows 10 Composition, windows 10, Windows Media, Windows Shell, the Windows Wallet Service, Microsoft Edge Legacy, Windows Cloud Infrastructure, Windows Authentication, the Windows AI Platform, Windows Fundamentals, Windows Storage and Filesystems, Windows Update Stack, Windows File Server and Clustering, Windows Hybrid Storage Services, Windows App Platform and Frameworks, the Microsoft JET Database Engine, and Windows SQL components.

For details, see the Release Notes for August Security Updates.

The build also fixes an issue in Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps that allows single sign-on authentication when an app does not have the Enterprise Authentication capability.

What IT needs to know: Because this is a security update, it should be applied relatively soon. Over the next few weeks, check for reports about problematic issues, and if all windows 10 well, apply the update.

There is one known issue in this build: When using some apps, such as Microsoft Excel, users of the Microsoft Input Method Editor (IME) for Chinese and Japanese might receive an error, or the app might stop responding or close when attempting to drag using the mouse.

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KB (OS Build )

Release date: Windows 10 31, windows 10,

This minor build addresses a wide variety of bugs and issues, including one that caused the Settings page to close unexpectedly, which prevented default applications from being set up properly, and another that prevented some applications from printing to network printers.

There is one known issue in this build, in which when using some apps such as Excel, users of the Microsoft Input Method Editor (IME) for Chinese and Japanese might receive an error, or the app might stop responding or close when users attempt to drag using the mouse.

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KB (OS Build )

Release date: July 14,

This build fixes several bugs, including one that might prevent you from connecting to OneDrive using the OneDrive app. It also has security updates for the Microsoft Scripting Engine, windows 10, Windows App Platform and Frameworks, the Microsoft Store, Windows Graphics, Windows Input and Composition, windows 10, Windows Media, Windows Shell, Windows Fundamentals, Windows Management, Windows Kernel, Windows Hybrid Cloud Networking, Windows Storage and Filesystems, Windows Update Stack, Windows MSXML, Windows File Server and Clustering, Windows Remote Desktop, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge Legacy, and the Microsoft JET Database Engine. For details, see the Release notes for the July Security Updates.

There is one known issue in this build, in which when using some apps, such as Microsoft Excel, windows 10, users of the Microsoft Input Method Editor (IME) for Chinese and Japanese might receive an error, or the app might stop responding or close when attempting to drag using the mouse.

What IT needs to know: Because this is a security update, it should be applied relatively soon. Over the next few weeks, check for reports about problematic issues, and if all seems well, apply the update.

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KB (OS Build )

Release date: June 18,

This minor build fixes a single issue, in which certain printers could not print, windows 10, generated print errors, windows 10 caused apps and print spoolers to close unexpectedly.

There is one known issue in this build, windows 10, which affects the ImeMode property windows 10 control the Input Method Editor (IME) mode for individual text entry fields to increase typing efficiency. Some IMEs in this build might have issues using the ImeMode property with certain apps, for example the input mode will not switch automatically to Kanji or Windows 10 more info about KB)

KB (OS Build )

Release date: June 9,

This build improves the reliability of voice assistants that use keywords and has security updates windows 10 the Microsoft Scripting Engine, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Windows App Platform and Frameworks, Windows Media, windows 10, Windows Kernel, Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows Input and Composition, Windows Shell, Windows Silicon Platform, Microsoft Xbox, the Microsoft Store, Windows Cloud Infrastructure, Windows Fundamentals, Windows Management, windows 10, Windows Authentication, Windows Cryptography, Microsoft HoloLens, Windows Virtualization, Windows Peripherals, Windows Storage and Filesystems, Windows File Server and Clustering, Windows Hybrid Storage Services, the Microsoft JET Database Engine, windows 10, and Android Games Archives - PC Product key Windows Update Stack. For details, see the Release Notes for June Security Updates.

There are no known issues in this build.

What IT needs to know: Because this is a security update, it should be applied relatively soon. Windows 10 the next few weeks, check for reports about problematic issues, and if all seems well, apply the update.

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Windows 10 May Update (version )

Release date: May 27,

Versioncalled the Windows 10 10 May Update, is the most recent update to Windows This is a relatively minor windows 10 but does have a variety of new features for both users and system windows 10. For more details, see: “Review: Windows 10 May Update delivers little tweaks that windows 10 up to well, not a lot.”

Here’s a quick summary of what’s new in

  • Cortana now runs as a standalone app in a resizable window. It also loses a variety of capabilities, windows 10, such as playing music, controlling home devices, and working on the lock screen.
  • Task Manager now displays new information, including the temperature of your GPU and your disk type.
  • Settings gets many small tweaks, including adding a header with account information, and a redone network status page that combines windows 10 that used to be found on multiple pages, windows 10, such as your IP address, current connection properties and data usage.
  • The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) gets more features. It now uses a real Linux kernel, and is faster than previously.
  • IT can now take advantage of Windows Hello biometrics logins rather than passwords, by setting that up as the default on enterprise devices.
  • Installing and setting up Windows for others has been made easier thanks to new controls added to Dynamic Update, which can lead to less downtime during installation for users.
  • A variety of new commands have been given to PowerShell for Delivery Optimization, a Windows NVIDIA NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER Treiber service that reduces bandwidth consumption by sharing the work of downloading update and upgrade packages among multiple devices in business deployments.
  • The security of the Chromium version of Edge has been improved, thanks to porting Application Guard to it.

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Windows 10

Personal computer operating system by Microsoft released in

This article is about the operating system for personal computers. For the related (now discontinued) operating system for mobile devices, see Windows 10 Mobile.

Not to be confused with Windows

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All editions except "Enterprise LTSB/LTSC" are supported until October 14, windows 10, as long as they install the latest feature windows 10 The Enterprise LTSB/LTSC editions are supported for 10 years after their release date, windows 10. See §&#;Support lifecycle for details.

Windows 10 is a major release of the Windows NToperating system developed by Microsoft. It is the successor to Windowswhich was released nearly two years earlier, and itself was released to manufacturing on Aiseesoft Video Converter Ultimate v9.2.70 With Crack [Newest] 15,and broadly released for the general public on July 29, [17] Windows 10 was made available for download via MSDN and TechNet, as a free upgrade for retail copies of Windows 8 and Windows users via the Windows Store, and to Windows 7 users via Windows Windows 10. Windows 10 receives new builds on an ongoing basis, which are available at no additional cost to users, in addition to additional test builds of Windows 10, which are available to Windows Insiders. Devices in enterprise environments can receive these updates at a slower pace, windows 10, or use long-term support milestones that only receive critical updates, such as security patches, over their ten-year lifespan of extended support.[18][19]

Windows 10 received generally positive reviews upon its original release. Critics praised Microsoft's decision to provide the desktop-oriented interface in line with previous versions of Windows, contrasting the tablet-oriented approach of Windows 8, windows 10, although Windows 10's touch-oriented user interface mode was criticized for containing regressions upon the touch-oriented interface of its predecessor, windows 10. Critics also praised the improvements to Windows 10's bundled software over WindowsXbox Live integration, windows 10, as well as the functionality and capabilities of the Cortana personal assistant and the replacement of Internet Explorer with Microsoft Edge. However, media outlets have been critical of the changes to operating system behaviors, including mandatory update installation, privacy concerns over data collection performed by the OS for Microsoft and its partners, and adware-like tactics used to promote the operating system on its release.[20]

Microsoft initially aimed to have Windows 10 installed on over one billion devices within three years of its release;[18] that goal was ultimately reached almost five years after release on March 16, [21] By JanuaryWindows 10 surpassed Windows 7 as the most popular version of Windows worldwide.[22] As of June&#;[update], windows 10, it is estimated that 79% of Windows PCs,[22] 58% of all PCs (the rest being older Windows versions and other operating systems such as macOS and Linux), and 24% of all devices (including mobile, tablet and console)[23] are running Windows On June 24,windows 10, Microsoft announced Windows 10's successor, Windows 11, windows 10, which was released on October 5, [24]

Windows 10 is the final version of Windows which supports IA and ARMv7-based processors (also known as bit processors), windows 10. Its successor, Windows 11, requires a bit processor in any supported architecture (x/AMD64 for x86 and ARMv8 for ARM), windows 10.

Development[edit]

At the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference inAndrew Lees, the chief of Microsoft's mobile technologies, said that the company intended to have a single software ecosystem for PCs, windows 10, phones, tablets, and other devices: "We won't have an ecosystem for PCs, and one for phones, windows 10, and one for tablets‍&#;‌they'll all come together."[25][26]

In Decembertechnology writer Mary Jo Foley reported that Microsoft was working on an update to Windows 8 codenamed "Threshold", windows 10, after a planet in its Halo franchise.[27] Similarly to "Blue" (which became Windows ),[28] Foley described Threshold, windows 10, not as a single operating system, but as a "wave of operating systems" across multiple Microsoft platforms and services, quoting Microsoft sources, scheduled for the second quarter of She also stated that one of the goals for Threshold was to create a unified application platform and development toolkit for Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox One (which all use a similar kernel based on Windows NT).[27][29]

At the Build Conference in Aprilwindows 10, Microsoft's Terry Myerson unveiled an updated version of Windows (build ) that added the ability to run Windows Store apps inside desktop windows and a more traditional Start menu in place of the Start screen seen in Windows 8. The new Start menu takes after Windows 7's design by using only a portion of the screen and including a Windows 7-style application listing in the first column. The second column displays Windows 8-style app tiles. Myerson said that these changes would occur in a future update, but did not elaborate.[30][31] Microsoft also unveiled the concept of a "universal Windows app", allowing Windows Store apps created for Windows to be ported to Windows Phone and Xbox One while sharing a common windows 10, with an interface designed for different device form factors, and allowing user data and licenses for an app to be shared between multiple platforms. Windows Phone would share nearly 90% of the common Windows Runtime APIs with Windows on PCs.[30][32][33][34]

Screenshots of a Windows build purported to be Threshold were leaked in Julyshowing the previously presented Start menu and windowed Windows Store apps,[35] followed by a further screenshot of a build identifying itself as "Windows Technical Preview", numberedwindows 10, in Septemberwindows 10, showing a new virtual desktop system, a notification center, windows 10, and a new File Explorer icon.[36]

Announcement[edit]

"Windows 9" redirects here. For the Windows versions produced windows 10 tosee Windows 9x.

On September 30,windows 10, Microsoft officially announced that Threshold would be unveiled during a media event as Windows Myerson said that Windows 10 would be Microsoft's "most comprehensive platform ever", providing a single, windows 10, unified platform for desktop and laptop computers, tablets, smartphones, and all-in-one devices.[37][38][39] He emphasized that Windows 10 would take steps towards restoring user interface mechanics from Windows 7 to improve the experience for users on non-touch devices, noting criticism of Windows 8's touch-oriented interface by keyboard and mouse users.[40][41] Despite these concessions, Myerson noted that the touch-optimized interface would evolve as well on [42]

In regards to Microsoft naming the new operating system Windows 10 instead of Windows 9, Terry Myerson said that "based on the product that's coming, and just how different our approach will be overall, it wouldn't be right to call it Windows 9."[43] He also joked that they could not call it "Windows One" (alluding to several recent Microsoft products with a similar brand, such as OneDrive, OneNote, and the Xbox One) because Windows already existed.[44] At a San Francisco conference in OctoberTony Prophet, Microsoft's Vice President of Windows Marketing, said that Windows 9 "came and went", and that Windows 10 would not be "an incremental step from Windows ," but "a material step. We're trying to create one platform, windows 10, one eco-system that unites as many of the devices from the small embedded Internet of Things, through tablets, windows 10, through phones, through PCs and, ultimately, into the Xbox."

Further details surrounding Windows 10's consumer-oriented features were presented during another media event held on January 21,entitled "Windows Windows 10 Next Chapter". The keynote featured the unveiling of Cortana integration within the operating system, new Xbox-oriented features, Windows 10 Mobile, an updated Office Mobile suite, Surface Hub‍&#;‌a large-screened Windows 10 device for enterprise collaboration based upon Perceptive Pixel technology,[46] along with HoloLens‑augmented reality windows 10 and an associated platform for building apps that can render holograms through HoloLens.[47]

Additional developer-oriented details surrounding the "Universal Windows Platform" concept were revealed and discussed during Microsoft's Build developers' conference. Among them were the windows 10 of "Islandwood", which windows 10 a middlewaretoolchain for compiling Objective-C-based software (particularly iOS) to run as universal apps on Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile. A port of Candy Crush Saga made using the toolkit, which shared much of its code with the iOS version, was demonstrated, alongside the announcement that the King-developed game would be bundled with Windows 10 at launch.[48][49][50][51]

At the Ignite conference, Microsoft employee Jerry Nixon stated that Windows 10 would be the "last version of Windows", a statement that Microsoft confirmed was "reflective" of its view of the operating system being a "service" with new versions and updates to be released over time.[52][53][54] Inhowever, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 would be succeeded on compatible hardware by Windows 11–and that Windows 10 support will end on October 14, [55][56]

Release and marketing[edit]

On June 1,windows 10, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 would be released on July [17] On July 20, Microsoft began "Upgrade Windows 10 World", an windows 10 campaign centering on Windows 10, with the premiere of television commercials in Australia, windows 10, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The commercials focused on the tagline "A more human way to do", emphasizing new features and technologies supported by Windows 10 that sought to provide a more "personal" experience to users.[57][58] The campaign culminated with launch events in thirteen cities on July 29,which celebrated "the unprecedented role our biggest fans played in the development of Windows 10".[59]

Features[edit]

Main article: Features new to Windows 10

See also: List of features removed in Windows 10

Windows 10 makes its user experience and functionality more consistent between different classes of device and addresses most of the shortcomings in the user interface that were introduced in Windows 8.[40][41][60]Windows 10 Mobile, windows 10, the successor to Windows Phoneshared some user interface elements and apps with its PC counterpart.[61]

Windows 10 supports universal apps, an expansion of the Metro-style first introduced in Windows 8. Universal apps can be designed to run across multiple Microsoft product families with nearly identical code‍&#;‌including PCs, windows 10, tablets, smartphones, embedded systems, Xbox One, Surface Hub and Mixed Reality. The Windows user interface was revised to handle transitions between a mouse-oriented interface and a touchscreen-optimized interface based on available input devices‍&#;‌particularly on 2-in-1 PCs, both interfaces include an updated Start menu which incorporates elements of Windows 7's traditional Start menu with the tiles of Windows 8, windows 10. Windows 10 also introduced the Microsoft Windows 10 browser, a virtual desktop system, a window and desktop management feature called Task View, support for fingerprint and face recognition login, new security features for enterprise environments, windows 10, and DirectX

The Windows Runtime app ecosystem was revised into the Universal Windows Platform (UWP).[32][62][63] These universal apps are made to run across multiple platforms and device classes, including smartphones, tablets, Xbox One consoles, and other devices compatible with Windows Windows apps share code across platforms, have responsive designs that adapt to the needs of the device and available inputs, can synchronize data between Windows 10 devices windows 10 notifications, credentials, and allowing cross-platform multiplayer for games), and are distributed through the Microsoft Store (rebranded from Windows Store since September ).[64] Developers can allow "cross-buys", where purchased windows 10 for an app apply to all of the user's compatible devices, rather than only the one they purchased on (e.g., a user purchasing an app on PC is also entitled to use the smartphone version at no extra cost).[33][65][66]

The ARM version of Windows 10 allows running applications for x86 processors through bit software emulation.[67]

On Windows 10, Microsoft Store serves as a unified storefront for apps, video content, and eBooks.[68] Windows 10 also allows web apps and desktop software (using either Win32 or .NET Framework) to be packaged for distribution on Microsoft Store. Desktop software distributed through Windows Store is packaged using the App-V system to allow sandboxing.[69][70]

User interface and desktop[edit]

The "Task View" display is a new feature to Windows 10, allowing the use of multiple workspaces.

A new iteration of the Start menu is used on the Windows 10 desktop, with a list of places and other options on the left side, and tiles representing applications on the right. The menu can be resized, and expanded into a full-screen display, which is the default option in Tablet mode.[40][60][71] A new virtual desktop system was added by a feature known as Task View, windows 10, which displays all open windows and allows users to switch between them, or switch between multiple workspaces.[40][60] Universal apps, which previously could be used only in full screen mode, can now be used in self-contained windows similarly to other programs.[40][60] Program windows can now be snapped to quadrants of the screen by dragging them to the corner, windows 10. When a window is snapped to one side of the screen, Task View appears and the user is prompted to choose a second window to fill the unused side of the screen windows 10 "Snap Assist").[60] The Windows system icons were also changed.[71]

Charms have been removed; their functionality in universal apps is accessed from an App commands menu on their title bar.[40][60] In its place is Action Center, which displays notifications and settings toggles. It is accessed by clicking an icon in the notification area, windows 10, or dragging from the right of windows 10 screen. Notifications can be synced between multiple devices.[61][71] The Settings app (formerly PC Settings) was refreshed and now includes more options that were previously exclusive to windows 10 desktop Control Panel.

Windows 10 is designed to adapt its user interface based on the type of device being used and available input methods. Windows 10 offers two separate user interface modes: a user interface optimized for mouse and keyboard, and a "Tablet mode" designed for touchscreens. Users can toggle between these two modes at any time, and Windows can prompt or automatically switch when certain events occur, such as disabling Tablet mode on a tablet if a keyboard or mouse is plugged in, or when a 2-in-1 PC is switched to its laptop state. In Tablet mode, programs default to a maximized view, and the taskbar contains a back button and hides buttons for opened or pinned programs by default; Task View is used instead to switch between programs. The full screen Start menu is used in this mode, similarly to Windows 8, but scrolls vertically instead of horizontally.[41][74][75][76]

System security[edit]

Windows 10 incorporates multi-factor authentication technology based upon standards developed by the FIDO Alliance.[77] The operating system includes improved support for biometric authentication through the Windows Hello platform. Devices with supported cameras (requiring infrared illumination, such as Intel RealSense) allow users to log in with iris or face recognition, similarly to Kinect. Devices with supported readers allow users to log in through fingerprint recognition. Support was also added for palm-vein scanning through a partnership with Fujitsu in February [78] Credentials are stored locally and protected using asymmetric encryption.[79]

Inresearchers demonstrated that Windows Hello could be bypassed on fully-updated Windows 10 with a color printout of a person's picture taken with an IR camera.[80] Inresearchers were again able to bypass the Windows Hello functionalities by using custom hardware windows 10 as a camera, which presented an IR photo of the owner's face.[81]

In addition to biometric authentication, Windows Hello supports authentication with a PIN. By default, Windows requires a PIN to consist of four digits, windows 10 can be configured to permit more complex PINs, windows 10. However, a PIN is not a simpler password. While passwords are transmitted to domain controllers, PINs are not. They are tied to one device, and if compromised, only one device is affected, windows 10. Backed by a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chip, windows 10, Windows uses PINs to create strong asymmetric key pairs. As such, the authentication token transmitted to the server is harder to crack. In addition, whereas weak passwords may be broken via rainbow tables, TPM causes the much-simpler Windows PINs to be resilient to brute-force attacks.[82]

When Windows 10 was first introduced, multi-factor authentication was provided by two components: Windows Hello and Passport (not to be confused with the Passport platform windows 10 ). Later, Passport was merged into Windows Hello.[83][79]

The enterprise edition of Windows 10 offers additional security features; administrators can set up policies for the automatic encryption of sensitive data, selectively block applications from accessing encrypted data, and enable Device Guard‍&#;‌a system which allows administrators to enforce a high-security environment by blocking the execution of software that is not digitally signed by a trusted vendor or Microsoft. Device Guard is designed to protect against zero-day exploits, and runs inside a hypervisor so that its operation remains separated from the operating system itself.[77][84]

Command line[edit]

The console windows based on Windows Console (for any console app, not windows 10 PowerShell and Windows Command Prompt) can now be resized without any restrictions, can be made to cover the full screen by pressing +, and can use standard keyboard shortcuts, such as those for cut, copy, and paste. Other features such as word wrap and transparency were also added. These functions windows 10 be disabled to revert to the legacy console if needed.[85]

The Anniversary Update added Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), which allows the installation of a user space environment from a supported Linuxdistribution that runs natively on Windows. The subsystem translates Linux system calls to those of the Windows NT kernel (only claims full system call compatibility as of WSL 2, included in a later Windows update). The environment can execute the Bash shell and bit command-line programs (WSL 2 also supports bit Linux programs and graphics, assuming supporting software installed,[86] and GPUs support for other uses[87]). Windows applications cannot be executed from the Linux environment, and vice versa. Linux distributions for Windows Subsystem for Linux are obtained through Windows 10 Store. The windows 10 initially supported an Ubuntu-based environment; Microsoft announced in May that it would add Fedora and OpenSUSE environment options as well.[88][89][90][91][92][93][94]

Storage requirements[edit]

To reduce the storage footprint of the operating system, windows 10, Windows 10 automatically compresses system files. The system can reduce the storage footprint of Windows by approximately &#;GB for bit systems and &#;GB for bit systems. The level of compression used is dependent on a performance assessment performed during installations or by OEMs, which tests how much compression can be used without harming operating system performance. Furthermore, the Refresh and Reset functions use runtime system files instead, making a separate recovery partition redundant, windows 10, allowing patches and updates to remain installed following the operation, and further reducing the amount of space required for Windows 10 10 by up to 12&#;GB. These functions replace the WIMBoot mode introduced on Windows Update, windows 10, which allowed OEMs to configure low-capacity devices with flash-based storage to use Windows system files out of the compressed WIM image typically used for installation and recovery.[95][96][97] Windows 10 also includes a function in its Settings app that allows users to view a breakdown of how their device's storage capacity is being used by different types of files, and determine whether certain types of files are saved to internal storage or an SD card by default.[98]

Online services and functionality[edit]

Windows 10 introduces Microsoft Edge, a new default web browser. It initially featured a new standards-compliant rendering engine derived from Trident, windows 10 also includes annotation windows 10 and integration with other Microsoft platforms present within Windows [99][][] Internet Windows 10 11 is maintained on Windows 10 for compatibility purposes, but is deprecated in favor of Edge and will no longer be actively developed.[][] In Januarythe windows 10 version of Edge was succeeded by a new iteration derived from the Chromium project and the Blink layout engine and the old Edge based on EdgeHTML is now called 'Microsoft Edge Legacy'.[] The legacy version of Edge is currently being replaced by the new Chromium-based Edge via Windows Update, though this version can also be downloaded manually. Every Windows 10 version from 20H2, which was released on October 20,will come with the new version of the browser preinstalled.[] The Windows 10 October update added a price comparison tool to the Edge browser.[]

Windows 10 incorporates a universal search box located alongside the Start and Task View buttons, which can be hidden or condensed windows 10 a single button.[][] Previous versions featured Microsoft's intelligent personal assistant Cortana, which was first introduced with Windows Phone inand supports both text and voice input. Many of its features are a direct carryover from Windows Phone, including integration with Bing, setting reminders, a Notebook feature for managing personal information, as well as searching for files, windows 10, playing music, launching applications and setting reminders or sending emails.[][][71] Since the November update, Microsoft has begun to downplay Cortana as part of a repositioning of the product towards enterprise use, with the May update removing its Windows shell integration and consumer-oriented features.[][][][]

Microsoft Family Safety is replaced by Microsoft Family, a parental controls system that applies across Windows platforms and Microsoft online services. Users can create a designated family, and monitor and restrict the actions of users designated as children, such as access to websites, enforcing age ratings on Microsoft Store purchases, windows 10, and other restrictions. The service can also send weekly e-mail reports to parents detailing a child's computer usage, windows 10. Unlike previous versions of Windows, child accounts in a family must be associated with a Microsoft account‍&#;‌which allows these settings to apply across all Windows 10 devices that a particular child windows 10 using.[][]

Windows 10 also offers the Wi-Fi Sense feature originating from Windows Phone ; users can optionally have their device automatically connect to suggested open hotspots, and share their home network's password with contacts (either via Skype, People, or Facebook) so they may automatically connect to the network on a Windows 10 device without needing to manually enter its password. Credentials are stored in an encrypted form on Microsoft servers and sent to the devices of the selected contacts. Passwords are not viewable by the guest user, and the guest user is not allowed to access other computers or devices on the windows 10. Wi-Fi Sense is not usable on X-encrypted networks. Adding "_optout" at the end of the SSID will also block the corresponding network from being used for this feature.[]

Universal calling and messaging apps for Windows 10 are built in as of the November update: Messaging, Skype Video, and Phone. These offer built-in alternatives to the Skype download and sync with Windows 10 Mobile.[][]

Multimedia and gaming[edit]

See also: List of Xbox Live Games on Windows 10

Windows 10 provides greater integration with the Xbox ecosystem. Xbox SmartGlass is succeeded by the Xbox Console Companion (formerly the Xbox app), which allows users to browse their game library (including both PC and Xbox console games), and Game DVR is also available using a keyboard shortcut, allowing users to save the windows 10 30 seconds of gameplay as a video that can be shared to Xbox Live, OneDrive, or elsewhere.[][] Windows windows 10 also allows users to control and play games from an Xbox One console over a local network.[] The Xbox Live SDK allows application developers to incorporate Xbox Live functionality into their apps, windows 10 future wireless Xbox One accessories, such as controllers, are supported on Windows with an adapter.[] Microsoft also intends to allow cross-purchases and save synchronization between Windows 10 One and Windows 10 versions of games; Microsoft Studios games such as ReCore and Quantum Break are intended as being exclusive to Windows 10 and Xbox One.[]

Candy Crush Saga and Microsoft Solitaire Collection are also automatically installed upon installation of Windows [][]

Windows 10 adds native game recording and screenshot capture ability using the newly introduced Game Bar. Users can also have the OS continuously record gameplay in the background, which then allows the user to save the last few moments of gameplay to the storage windows 10 10 adds FLAC and HEVC codecs and support for the Matroska media container, allowing these formats to be opened in Windows Media Player and other applications.[][][]

DirectX 12[edit]

Windows 10 includes DirectX 12, windows 10, alongside WDDM [][] Unveiled March at GDC, DirectX 12 aims to provide "console-level efficiency" with "closer to the metal" access to hardware resources, and reduced CPU MAC Archives - Malik Softs graphics driver overhead.[][] Most of the performance improvements are achieved through low-level programming, windows 10, which allow developers to use resources windows 10 efficiently and reduce single-threaded CPU bottlenecking caused by abstraction through higher level APIs.[][] DirectX 12 will also feature support for vendor agnostic multi-GPU setups.[] WDDM introduces a new virtual memory management and allocation system to reduce workload on the kernel-mode driver.[][]

Fonts[edit]

Main article: List of typefaces included with Microsoft Windows

Windows 10 adds three new default typefaces compared to Windows 8, but removes dozens of others. The removed typefaces are available in supplemental packs and may be added manually over a non-metered internet connection.

Editions and pricing[edit]

Main article: Windows 10 editions

Windows 10 is windows 10 in five main editions for personal computing devices; the Home and Pro editions of which are sold at retail in most countries, windows 10, and as pre-loaded software on new computers. Home is aimed at home users, while Pro is aimed at power users and small businesses. Each edition of Windows 10 includes all of the capabilities and features of the edition below it, and add additional features oriented towards their market segments; for example, Pro adds additional networking and security features such as BitLocker, Device Guard, Windows Update for Business, and the ability to join a domain. Enterprise and Education, the other editions, contain additional features aimed towards business environments, and are only available through volume licensing.[][]

As part of Microsoft's unification strategies, windows 10, Windows products that are based on Windows 10's common platform but meant for specialized platforms are marketed as editions of the operating system, rather than as separate product lines. An updated version of Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system for smartphones, and also tablets, windows 10, was branded as Windows 10 Mobile.[] Editions of Enterprise and Mobile will also be produced for embedded systems, along with Windows 10 IoT Core, which is designed specifically for use in small footprint, low-cost devices and Internet of Things (IoT) scenarios and is similar to Windows Embedded.[][]

On May 2,Microsoft unveiled Windows 10 10 S (referred to in leaks as Windows 10 Cloud), windows 10, a feature-limited edition of Windows 10 which was designed primarily for devices in the education market (competing, in particular, with Chrome OS netbooks), such as the Surface Laptop that Microsoft also unveiled at this time. The OS restricts software installation to applications obtained from Microsoft Store; the device may be upgraded to Windows 10 Pro reFX Nexus VST 3.1.2 Crack Archives a fee to enable unrestricted software installation. As a time-limited promotion, Microsoft stated that this upgrade would be free on the Surface Laptop until March 31, [] Windows 10 S also contains a faster initial setup and login process, and windows 10 devices to be provisioned using a USB drive with the Windows Intune for Education platform.[][][][][] In MarchMicrosoft announced that Windows 10 S would be deprecated because of market confusion and would be replaced by "S Mode", windows 10, an OEM option wherein Windows defaults to only allowing applications to be installed from Microsoft Store, but does not require payment in order to disable these restrictions.[][]

Preview releases[edit]

See also: Windows Insider

A public beta program for Windows&#;10 known as the Windows Insider Program began with the first publicly available preview release on October 1, Insider preview builds are aimed towards enthusiasts and enterprise users for the testing and evaluation of updates and new features.[] Users of the Windows Insider program receive windows 10 updates to newer preview builds of the operating system and will continue to be able to evaluate preview releases after general availability (GA) in July ‍&#;‌this is in contrast to previous Windows beta programs, where public preview builds were released less frequently and only during the months preceding GA.[40][42][][][] Windows Insider builds continued being released after the release to manufacturing (RTM) of Windows&#;[]

Public release[edit]

On July 29,Microsoft officially announced that Windows 10 would be released for retail purchase as a free upgrade from earlier versions of Windows. In comparison to previous Windows releases, which had a longer turnover windows 10 the release to manufacturing (RTM) and general release to allow for testing by vendors (and in some cases, the development of "upgrade kits" to prepare systems for installation of the new version), an HP executive explained that because it knew Microsoft targeted the operating system for a release, the company was able to optimize its then-current and upcoming products for Windows 10 in advance of its release, negating the need for such a milestone.[][better&#;source&#;needed]

The general availability build of Windows&#;10, numberedwas first released to Windows Insider channels for pre-launch testing on July 15,prior to its formal release.[] Although a Microsoft official said windows 10 would be no specific RTM build of Windows 10, windows 10, was described as an RTM build by media outlets because it was released to all Windows Insider members at once (rather than to users on the "Fast ring" first), windows 10, it no longer carried windows 10 branding and desktop watermark text, windows 10, and its build number had mathematical connections to the number&#;10 in reference to the operating system's naming.[][][][][][] The Enterprise edition was released to volume licensing on August 1, []

Windows 10 is distributed digitally through the "Media Creation Tool", which is functionally identical to windows 10 Windows 8 online installer, and can also be used to generate an ISO image or USB install media.[] In-place upgrades are supported from most editions of Windows windows 10 with Service Pack 1 and Windows&#; with Update 1, while users with Windows&#;8 must first upgrade to Windows&#; Changing between architectures (e.g., windows 10, upgrading from bit edition to a bit editions) via in-place upgrades is not supported; a clean install is required.[][] In-place upgrades may be rolled back to the device's previous version of Windows, provided that 30&#;days have not passed since installation, and backup windows 10 were not removed using Disk Cleanup.

Windows 10 was available in &#;countries and languages upon its launch, and as part of efforts to "re-engage" with users in China, Microsoft also announced that it would partner with Qihoo and Tencent to help promote and distribute Windows&#;10 in China, and that Chinese PC maker Lenovo would provide assistance at its service centers and retail outlets for helping users upgrade to Windows&#;[][][] At retail, Windows 10 is priced similarly to editions of Windowswith U.S. prices set at $ and $ for Windows 10&#;Home and Pro respectively. A Windows 10 Pro Pack license allows upgrades from Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro.[][] Retail copies only ship on USB flash drive media; however, system builder copies still ship as DVD-ROM media.[] New devices shipping with Windows&#;10 were also released during the operating system's launch window.[]

Windows RT devices cannot be upgraded to Windows&#;[][]

Free upgrade offer[edit]

Main article: Windows 10 editions §&#;Free upgrade

During its first year of availability,[] upgrade licenses for Windows&#;10 could be obtained at no charge for devices with a genuine license for an eligible edition of Windows&#;7 or&#;[][][]

This offer did not apply to Enterprise editions, windows 10, as customers under an active Software Assurance (SA)&#;contract with upgrade rights are entitled to obtain Windows 10 Enterprise under their existing terms. All users running non-genuine copies of Windows, and those without an existing Windows&#;7 or&#;8 license, were ineligible for this promotion; although upgrades from a non-genuine version were possible, they result in a non-genuine copy of&#;[][][][][]

On the general availability build of Windows&#;10 (version ), to activate and generate the "digital entitlement" for Windows&#;10, windows 10 operating system must have first been installed as an in-place upgrade, windows 10. During the free upgrade, a file is created in the background and the system's motherboard details are registered with a Microsoft Product Activation server, windows 10. Once installed, the operating system can be reinstalled on that particular system via normal means without a product key, and the system's license will automatically be detected via online activation - in essence, the Microsoft Product Activation Server will remember the system's motherboard and give it the green light for product re-activation.[][][] Because of installation issues with Upgrade Only installs, the November Update (version ) included additional activation mechanisms. This windows 10 treated Windows&#;7 and Windows&#;8/ product keys as Windows&#;10 product keys, windows 10, meaning they could be entered during installation to activate the free license, windows 10, without the need to upgrade first to "activate" the hardware with Microsoft's activation servers.[] For major Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), windows 10, Windows 8/ and Windows 10 OEM product keys are embedded in the firmware of the motherboard and if the correct edition of Windows 10 is present on the installation media, windows 10, they are automatically inputted during installation. Since the release of windows 10 Fall Creators Update (version ), Microsoft decided to release multi-edition installation media, to alleviate installation and product activation issues users experienced because of accidentally installing the wrong edition of Windows

The Windows Insider Preview version of Windows&#;10 automatically updated itself to the generally released version as part of the version progression and continues to be updated to new beta builds, as it had throughout the windows 10 process. Microsoft explicitly stated that Windows Insider was not a valid upgrade path for those running a version of Windows that is ineligible for the upgrade offer; although, if it was not installed with a license carried over from an in-place upgrade to 10 Insider Preview from Windows&#;7 or&#;8, the Insider Preview does remain activated as long as the user does not exit the Windows Insider program.[]

The offer was promoted and delivered via the "Get Windows&#;10" application (also known as GWX), which was automatically installed via Windows Update ahead of Windows 10's release, and activated on systems deemed eligible for the upgrade offer. Via a notification area icon, users could access an application that advertised Windows&#;10 and the free upgrade offer, check windows 10 compatibility, and "reserve" an automatic download of the operating system upon its release.[][] On July 28, a pre-download process began in which Windows&#;10 installation files were downloaded to some computers that had reserved it. Microsoft said that those who reserved Windows&#;10 would be able to install it through GWX in a phased rollout process. The operating system could alternatively be downloaded at any time using a separate "Media Creation Tool" setup program, that allows for the creation of DVD or USB installation media.[][][][]

In MayMicrosoft announced that the free upgrade offer would be extended to users of assistive technologies; however, Microsoft did not implement any means of certifying eligibility for this offer, windows 10, which some outlets thereby promoted as being a loophole to fraudulently obtain a free Windows 10 upgrade. Microsoft said that the loophole is not intended to be used in this manner.[][][] In NovemberMicrosoft announced that this program would end on December 31, []

However, another loophole was found that allowed Windows 7 and users upgrade to Windows 10 using existing licenses, windows 10, even though the free upgrade offers officially ended in No word from Microsoft was given whether it will be closed[] and some outlets have continued to promote it as a free method of upgrading from the now-unsupported Windows 7.[]

Licensing[edit]

During upgrades, Windows&#;10 licenses are not tied directly to a product key. Instead, the license status of the system's current installation of Windows is migrated, and a "Digital license" ( known as "Digital entitlement" in version or earlier) windows 10 generated during the activation process, which is bound to the hardware information collected during the process. If Windows&#;10 is reinstalled cleanly and there have not been any significant hardware changes since installation (such as a motherboard change), the online activation process will automatically recognize the system's digital entitlement if no product key is entered during installations. However, unique product keys are still distributed within retail copies of Windows&#; As with previous non-volume-licensed variants of Windows, significant hardware changes will invalidate the digital entitlement, and require Windows to be re-activated.[][]

Updates and support[edit]

Main article: Windows 10 version history

Unlike previous versions of Windows, Windows Update does not allow the selective installation of updates, and all updates (including patches, feature updates, and driver software) are downloaded and installed automatically. Users can only choose whether their system will reboot automatically to install updates when the windows 10 is inactive, windows 10, or be notified to schedule a reboot.[][] If a wireless network is designated as "Metered"—a function which automatically reduces the Iobit Driver Booster 8 Key Free Download With Crack 2021 system's background network activity to conserve limits on Internet usage—most updates are not downloaded until the device is connected to a non-metered network. Version allows wired (Ethernet) networks to be designated as metered, but Windows may still download certain updates while connected to a metered network.[][]

In versionby windows 10 the August security update and later versions, driver and non-security updates pushed via Windows Windows 10 that are considered optional are no longer automatically downloaded and installed in their devices. Users can access them on Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > View optional update.[]

Updates can cause compatibility or other problems; a Microsoft troubleshooter program allows bad updates to be uninstalled.[][]

Under the Windows end-user license agreement, users consent to the automatic installation of all updates, features and drivers provided by the service, windows 10, and implicitly consent "without any additional notice" to the possibility of features being modified or removed.[][][] The agreement also states, specifically for users of Windows&#;10 in Canada, that they may pause updates by disconnecting their device from the Internet.[]

Windows Update can also use a peer to peer system for distributing updates; by default, users' bandwidth is used to distribute previously downloaded updates to other users, in combination with Microsoft servers. Users can instead choose to only use peer-to-peer updates within their local area network.[]

Support lifecycle[edit]

Mainstream supportVaries by version[][]
Extended supportOctober&#;14,&#;&#;()[][]
Home, windows 10, Pro, Pro for Workstations, S, Education, Pro Education, Enterprise, IoT Enterprise, IoT Core, Team, Enterprise LTSB, windows 10, and IoT Enterprise LTSB.[]
Windows 10 Mobile, windows 10, Mobile Enterprise, and IoT MobileUnsupported as of January 14, []
Windows 10 Enterprise and IoT Enterprise LTSBMainstream support ended on October 12, []
Extended support until October 13, []
Windows 10 Enterprise, IoT Enterprise, and IoT Core LTSCMainstream support until January 9, []
Extended support until January 9, []
Windows 10 Enterprise LTSCMainstream support until January 12, []
Windows 10 IoT Enterprise and IoT Core LTSCMainstream support until January 12, []
Extended support until January 13, windows 10, []

The original release of Windows 10 receives mainstream windows 10 for five years after its original release, followed by five years of extended support, but this is subject to conditions. Microsoft's support lifecycle policy for the operating system notes that "Updates are cumulative, with each update built upon all of the updates that preceded it", that "a device needs to install the latest update to remain supported", and that a device's ability to receive future updates will depend on hardware compatibility, windows 10, driver availability, windows 10, and whether the device is within the OEM's "support period"‍&#;‌a new aspect not accounted for in lifecycle policies for previous versions.[][][][] This policy was first invoked in to windows 10 Intel Clover Trail devices from receiving the Creators Update, as Microsoft asserts that future updates "require additional hardware support to provide the best possible experience", and that Intel no longer provided support or drivers for the platform. Microsoft stated that these devices would no longer receive feature updates, but would still receive security updates through January [] Microsoft will continue to support at least one standard Windows 10 semi-annual channel release until October 14, [15][16]

The following table collects current status of the aforementioned updating and support of different branches of Windows

Update branchMicrosoft internal channels
(more detail here)
Alpha software
Windows Insider Preview Branch
(WIPB)
Beta software
Semi-Annual Channel
(formerly CB)
"End user"
Long-term Servicing channel
(formerly LTSB)
"Mission critical"
EditionHome &#;
Pro &#;
Education &#;
Enterprise Enterprise LTSC
Critical updates
Security patches and stability updates
Continuous Continuous as made available
(choice of Beta, Dev, or Release Preview channel)
Automatic User can defer updates indefinitely
Feature upgrades
Non-critical functionality and feature updates
Automatic or defer[]Only through LTSC in-place upgrades
Feature windows 10 cadence Continuous Continuous as released Continuous, deferrable for 12 months at a time; once a deferral period is past, no further deferrals possible until latest updates are installed LTSC releases are stable 'snapshots' of SAC
Upgrade support Continuous updating, features come and go silently with new builds Continuous updating windows 10 in-place upgrade to supported LTSC builds In-place upgrade support for the three most recent LTSC builds
Update support Only the latest build is supported 10 years (or until future builds require hardware support the old device doesn't have or ~4 months after a missed cumulative update made into SAC.)[]10 years (or ~6 months from deferring build upgrade or until windows 10 builds require hardware support the old device doesn't have.) 5 years (for 21H2 and newer, windows 10, non IoT) or 5 years mainstream + 5 years extended (for and older, all IoT versions)
Update methods Windows UpdateWindows Update
Windows Update for Business
Windows Server Update Services

Feature updates[edit]

Windows 10 is often described by Microsoft as being a "service", as it receives regular "feature updates" that contain new features and other updates and fixes.[][][][] In AprilMicrosoft stated that these updates would be released twice windows 10 year every March and September in the future.[] Mainstream builds of Windows 10, windows 10, until and includingwere labeled "YYMM", with "YY" representing the two-digit year and "MM" representing the month of release, windows 10. For example, version was released in September (the ninth month) of This was changed with the 20H2 release where "MM" represents the half of the year in which the update was released, for example H1 for the first half and H2 for the second half.[]

The pace at which feature updates are received by devices is dependent on which release channel is used, windows 10. The default branch for all users of Windows&#;10 Home and Pro is "Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted)" (formerly "Current Branch", windows 10, or "CB"),[] which receives stable builds after they are publicly released by Microsoft. Each build of Windows 10 is supported for 18 months after its original release.[] In enterprise environments, windows 10, Microsoft officially intends that this branch is used for "targeted" deployments of newly-released stable versions so that they can be evaluated and tested on a limited number of devices before a wider deployment. Once a stable build is certified by Microsoft and its partners as being suitable for broad deployment, windows 10, the build is then released on the "Semi-Annual Channel" (formerly "Current Branch for Business", or "CBB"), which is supported by the Pro and Enterprise editions of Windows [][][] Semi-Annual Channel receives stable builds on a four-month delay from their release on the Targeted channel,[] Administrators can also use the "Windows Update for Business" system, as well as existing tools such windows 10 WSUS and System Center Configuration Manager, to organize structured deployments of feature updates across their networks.[][]

The Windows Insider branches receive unstable builds as they are released; it is divided into two channels, "Dev" (which receives new builds immediately after their release), and "Beta" (whose releases are slightly delayed from their "Dev" windows 10 licensees may use the Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC (formerly LTSB) edition, where "LTSC" stands for "long-term servicing channel", which only receive quality of life updates (i.e. security patches), and has a full, 5 or year support lifecycle for each build.[][][] This edition is designed for "special-purpose devices" that perform a fixed function (such as automated teller machines and medical equipment), windows 10. For this reason, it excludes Cortana, Microsoft Store, and all bundled Universal Windows Platform apps (including but not limited to Microsoft Edge, hence these builds ship only with Internet Explorer as browser).[][][][][][] Microsoft director Stella Chernyak explained that "we have businesses [that] may have mission-critical environments where we respect the fact they want to test and stabilize the environment for a long time."[] Four LTSC builds have been released, correlating with the,windows 10, and 21H2 versions of Windows 10, respectively.[][][]

In JulyMicrosoft announced changes in the terminology for Windows branches as part of its effort to unify the update cadence with that of Office ProPlus and Windows 10 Server [][] The branch system now windows 10 two paces of upgrade deployment in enterprise environments, "targeted" initial deployment of a new version on selected systems immediately after its stable release for final testing, and "broad" deployment afterwards. Hence, "Current Branch" is now known as "Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted)", and "Current Branch for Business" for broad deployment is now referred to as "Semi-Annual Channel".[][]

In FebruaryMicrosoft announced changes again in delivering updates in beginning of release of version a single SAC will be released and SAC-T will be retired, and users are no longer able to switch to different channels, windows 10. Instead, these updates can be deferred from 30 to 90 days, windows 10, or depending how the device was configured to deferred the updates.[] In Aprilit windows 10 announced that, in addition, windows 10, feature updates will no longer be automatically pushed to users.[] However after the release of versionthe update only pushed for those running a feature update version that is nearing end of service or it can be paused for up to 35 days.[][]

Feature updates prior to version are distributed solely as an in-place upgrade installation, windows 10, requiring AVS Image Converter Crack 5.2.5.304 Full Version [Latest] 2021 download of a complete operating system package (approximately &#;GB in size for bit systems). Unlike previous builds, version is designed primarily as an update rollup version offocusing primarily on minor feature additions and enhancements. For upgrades to fromwindows 10, a new delivery method is used where its changes were delivered as part of the monthly cumulative update, but are left in a dormant state until the update "enablement" patch is installed. The full upgrade process is still used for those using builds prior to [][]

Features in development[edit]

In MayMicrosoft unveiled Windows 10 Design System (previously codenamed "Project Neon"), windows 10, a revamp of Microsoft Design Language 2 that will include guidelines for the designs and interactions used within software designed for all Windows 10 devices and platforms. The new design language will include the more prominent use of motion, depth, and translucency effects. Microsoft stated that the implementation of this design language would iMazing Activation 2.10.6 Key 2020 Features: Archives performed over time, and it had already started to implement elements of it in Creators Update and Fall Creators Update.[]

On December 7,Microsoft announced that, as part of a partnership with Qualcomm, it planned to introduce support for running Win32 software on ARM architecture with a bit x86 processor emulator, in Terry Myerson stated that this move would enable the production of Qualcomm Snapdragon-based Windows devices with cellular connectivity and improved power efficiency over Intel-compatible devices, and still capable of running the majority of existing Windows software (unlike the previous Windows RT, which was restricted to Windows Store apps). Microsoft is initially targeting this project towards laptops.[67] Microsoft launched the branding Always Connected PCs in December to market Windows 10 devices with cellular connectivity, which included two ARM-based 2-in-1 laptops from Asus and HP featuring the Snapdragon system-on-chip, and the announcement of a partnership between AMD and Qualcomm to integrate its Snapdragon X16 gigabit LTE modem with AMD's Ryzen Mobile platform.[][]

In Augustwindows 10, Microsoft began testing changes to its handling of the user interface on convertible devices—downplaying the existing "Tablet Mode" option in favor of presenting the normal desktop with optimizations for touch when a keyboard is not present, such as increasing the space between taskbar buttons and displaying the virtual keyboard when text fields are selected.[]

In Aprilthe ability to run Linux applications using a graphical user interface, such as Audacity, directly in Windows, was introduced as a preview.[] This feature would later be included as part of the updated Windows ArcGIS Pro Premium Version Download Archives for Linux 2 for Windows 11 only.

System requirements[edit]

The basic hardware requirements to install Windows 10 were initially the same as those for Windows and Windows 8, and only slightly higher than for Windows 7 and Windows Vista, windows 10. As of the May update, windows 10, the minimum disk space requirement has been increased windows 10 32&#;GB. In addition, on new installations, Windows permanently reserves up to 7&#;GB of disk space in order to ensure proper installation of future feature updates.[][]

The bit variants require a CPU that supports certain instructions.[] Devices with low storage capacity must provide a USB flash drive or SD card with sufficient storage for temporary files during upgrades.[]

Some pre-built devices may be described as "certified" by Microsoft. Certified tablets must include, and keys; and keys are no longer required.[]

As with Windows 8, all certified devices must ship with UEFI Secure Boot enabled by default. Unlike Windows 8, OEMs are no longer required to make Secure Boot settings user-configurable, meaning that devices may optionally be locked to run only Microsoft-signed operating systems.[] A supported infrared-illuminated camera is required for Windows Hello face authentication, and a supported fingerprint windows 10 is required for Windows Hello fingerprint authentication.[] Device Guard requires a UEFI system with windows 10 third-party certificates loaded, windows 10, and CPU virtualization extensions (including SLAT and IOMMU) enabled in firmware.

Beginning with Intel Kaby Lake and AMD Bristol Ridge, Windows 10 is the only version of Windows that Microsoft will officially support on newer CPU microarchitectures.[][] Terry Myerson stated that Microsoft did not want to make further investments in optimizing older versions of Windows and associated software for windows 10 generations of processors.[][] These policies were criticized by the media, who especially noted that Microsoft was refusing to support newer hardware (particularly Intel's Skylake CPUs, windows 10, which was also originally targeted by the new policy with a premature end of support that was ultimately retracted)[][] on Windowsa version of Windows that was still in mainstream support until January [][] In addition, an enthusiast-created modification was released that disabled the check and allowed Windows and earlier to continue to work on the platform.[]

Windows 10 version and later do not support Intel Clover Trail system-on-chips, windows 10, per Microsoft's stated policy of only providing updates for devices during their OEM support period.[][]

Starting with Windows 10 versionMicrosoft will require new OEM devices to use bit processors, and will therefore cease the distribution of x86 (bit) variants of Windows 10 via OEM channels. The bit variants of Windows 10 will remain available via non-OEM channels, and Microsoft will continue to "[provide] feature and security updates on these devices".[] This would later be followed by Windows 11 dropping bit hardware support altogether, and thus making Windows 10 the final version of Windows to have a bit version.[]

Reception[edit]

Main article: Criticism of Windows 10

Critics characterized the initial release of Windows 10 as being rushed, citing the incomplete state of some of the operating system's bundled software, such as the Edge web browser, windows 10, as well as the stability of the operating system itself on launch.[][][] However, TechRadar felt that it could be "the new Windows 7", citing the operating system's more familiar user interface, improvements to bundled apps, performance improvements, a "rock solid" search system, and the Settings app being more full-featured than its equivalents on&#;8 and&#; The Edge browser was praised for its performance, although it was not in a feature-complete state at launch. While considering them a "great idea in principle", concerns were shown for Microsoft's focus on the universal app ecosystem:

It's by no means certain that developers are going to flock to Windows&#;10 from iOS and Android simply because they can convert their apps easily. It may well become a no-brainer for them, but at the moment a conscious decision is still required.[]

Engadget was similarly positive, noting that the upgrade process was painless and that Windows&#;10's user interface had balanced aspects of Windows&#;8 with those of previous versions with a more mature aesthetic, windows 10. Cortana's always-on voice detection was considered to be its "true strength", also citing its query capabilities and personalization features, but noting that it was not as pre-emptive as Google Now. Windows&#;10's stock applications were praised for being improved over their Windows 8 counterparts, and for supporting windowed modes. The Xbox app was also praised for its Xbox One streaming functionality, although recommending its use over a wired network because of inconsistent quality over Wi-Fi. In conclusion, it was argued that "Windows&#;10 delivers the most refined desktop experience ever from Microsoft, and yet it's so much more than that, windows 10. It's also a decent tablet OS, windows 10, and it's ready for a world filled with hybrid devices. And, barring another baffling screwup, Log In ‹ Windows Activator — WordPress looks like a significant step forward for mobile. Heck, it makes the Xbox One a more useful machine."[]

Ars Technica panned the new Tablet mode interface for removing the charms and app switching, making the Start button harder to use by requiring users to videopad video editor 8 for Benvista PhotoZoom Pro 5.0.8.0 crack serial keygen button on the bottom-left rather than at the center of the screen when swiping with a thumb, and for making application switching less instantaneous through the use of Task Windows 10. Microsoft Edge was praised for being "tremendously promising", windows 10, and "a much better browser than Internet Explorer ever was", but criticized it for its lack of functionality on-launch. In conclusion, contrasting Windows&#;8 as being a "reliable" platform albeit consisting of unfinished concepts, Windows&#;10 was considered "the best Windows yet", windows 10, and was praised for having a better overall concept in its ability to be "comfortable and effective" across a wide array of form factors, but that it was buggier than previous versions of Windows were on-launch.[]ExtremeTech felt that Windows&#;10 restricted the choices of users, citing its more opaque setting menus, windows 10, forcing users to give up bandwidth for the peer-to-peer distribution of updates, and for taking away user control of specific functions, such as updates, windows 10, explaining that "it feels, once again, as if Microsoft windows 10 taken the seed of a good idea, like providing users with security updates automatically, and shoved the throttle to maximum."[] Windows 10 has also received criticism because of deleting files without user permission after auto updates.[]

Critics have noted that Windows&#;10 heavily emphasizes freemium services, and contains various advertising facilities. Some outlets have considered these to be a hidden "cost" of the free upgrade offer.[][][] Examples of these have included microtransactions in bundled games such as Microsoft Solitaire Collection,[][][][] default settings that display promotions of "suggested" apps in the Start menu, "tips" on the lock screen that may contain advertising,[][] ads displayed in File Explorer for Office subscriptions on Creators' Update,[] and various advertising notifications displayed by default which promote Microsoft Edge when it is not set as the default web browser (including, in a September build, nag pop-ups displayed to interrupt the installation process of competitors).[][]

Market share and sales[edit]

See also: Usage share of operating systems §&#;Crossover to smartphones having majority share

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Up to AugustWindows 10 usage was increasing, with it then plateauing,[] while eventually init became more popular than Windows 7[][] (though Windows 7 was still more used in some countries in Asia and Africa windows 10 ). As of March [update], the operating system is running on over a billion devices, reaching the goal set by Microsoft two years after the initial deadline.[21]

Twenty-four hours after it was released, Microsoft announced that over 14&#;million devices were running Windows&#;[] On August 26, Microsoft said over 75&#;million devices were running Windows&#;10, in &#;countries, and on over 90, windows 10, unique PC or tablet models.[] According to Terry Myerson, there were over &#;million devices running Windows&#;10 as of October 6, [] On January 4, windows 10,Microsoft reported that Windows&#;10 had been activated on over &#;million devices since the operating system's launch in July [][]

According to StatCounter, Windows 10 overtook Windows in December [][]Iceland was the first country where Windows 10 was ranked first (not only on the desktop, but across all platforms),[] with several larger European countries following. For one week in late NovemberWindows 10 overtook first rank from Windows 7 in the United States, before losing it again.[] By FebruaryWindows 10 was losing market share to Windows 7.[]

In mid-JanuaryWindows 10 had a slightly higher global market share than Windows 7,[] with it noticeably more popular on weekends,[] windows 10 popularity varies widely by region, e.g. Windows 10 was then still behind in Africa[] and far ahead in some other regions e.g. Oceania.[]

Update system changes[edit]

Windows 10 Home is permanently set to download all updates automatically, including cumulative updates, security patches, and drivers, windows 10, and users cannot individually select updates to install or not.[] Microsoft offers a diagnostic tool that can be used to hide updates and prevent them from being reinstalled, but only after they had been already installed, windows 10, then uninstalled without rebooting the system.[][] Tom Warren of The Verge felt that, given web browsers such as Google Chrome had already adopted such an automatic update system, such a requirement would help to keep all Windows&#;10 devices secure, and felt that "if you're used to family members calling you for technical support because they've failed to upgrade to the latest Windows service pack or some malware disabled Windows Update then those days will hopefully be over."[]

Concerns were raised that because of these changes, users would be unable to skip the automatic installation of updates that are faulty or cause issues with certain system configurations—although build upgrades will also be subject to public beta testing via Windows Insider program.[][] There were also concerns that the forced installation of driver updates through Windows Update, where they were previously designated as "optional", could cause conflicts with drivers that were windows 10 independently of Windows Update. An example of such a situation occurred prior to the general release of the operating system, windows 10, when an Nvidiagraphics card driver that was automatically pushed to Windows&#;10 users via Windows Update caused issues that prevented the use of certain functions, or prevented their system from booting at all.[]

Criticism was PDF Architect 7.1 Crack With Activation Key 2020 directed towards Microsoft's decision to no longer provide specific details on the contents of cumulative updates for Windows [] On February 9,windows 10, Microsoft retracted this decision and began to provide release notes for cumulative updates on the Windows website.[]

Some users reported that during the installation of the November upgrade, some applications (particularly utility programs such as CPU-Z and Speccy) were automatically uninstalled during the upgrade process, and some default programs were reset to Microsoft-specified defaults (such as Photos app, windows 10, and Microsoft Edge for PDF viewing), both without warning.[][]

Further issues were discovered upon the launch of the Anniversary Update ("Redstone"), including a bug that caused some devices to freeze (but addressed by cumulative update KB, released windows 10 August 31, ),[][] and that fundamental changes to how Windows handles webcams had caused many to stop working.[]

In Junea Redstone 3 Insider build (RS_EDGE_CASE in PC and rs_IoT on Mobile) was accidentally released to both Insider and non-Insider users on Game PC The Royal Trap Full Crack Windows 10 devices, windows 10, but the update was retracted, with Windows 10 apologizing and releasing a note on their Windows Insider Program blog describing how to prevent the build from being installed on their device.[] According to Dona Sarkar, windows 10, this was due to "an inadvertent deployment to windows 10 engineering system that controls which builds/which rings to push out to insiders."[]

A Gartner analyst felt that Windows 10 Pro was becoming increasingly inappropriate for use in enterprise environments because of support policy changes windows 10 Microsoft, including consumer-oriented upgrade lifecycle length, and only offering extended support for individual builds to Wondershare Recoverit 7.3.2.3 crack serial keygen and Education editions of Windows []

Critics have acknowledged that Microsoft's update and testing practices had been affecting the overall quality of Windows In particular, it was pointed out that Microsoft's internal testing departments had been prominently affected by a major round of layoffs undertaken by the company in Microsoft relies primarily on user testing and bug reports via the Windows Insider program (which may not always be of sufficient quality to identify a bug), windows 10, as well as correspondence with OEMs and other stakeholders. In the wake of the known folder redirection data loss bug in the versionit was pointed windows 10 that bug reports describing the issue had been present on the Feedback Hub app for several months prior to the public release. Following the incident, Microsoft updated Feedback Hub so that users may specify the severity of a particular bug report. When announcing the resumption of 's rollout, Microsoft stated that it planned to be more transparent in its handling of update quality in the future, through windows 10 series of blog posts that will detail its testing process and the planned development of a "dashboard" that will indicate the rollout progress of future updates.[][][][][]

Distribution practices[edit]

Microsoft was criticized for the tactics that it used to promote its free upgrade campaign for Windows 10, including adware-like behaviors,[] using deceptive user interfaces to coax users into installing the operating system,[]

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Download Windows 10

If you downloaded an ISO file for Windows 10, the file is saved locally at the location you selected. Windows 10 you have a third-party DVD burning program installed on your computer that you prefer to use for creating the installation DVD, that program might open by going to the location where the file is saved and double-clicking the ISO file, or right-click the ISO file, select Open with and choose your preferred DVD burning software.

If you want to use the Windows Disk Image Burner to create an installation DVD, go to the location where the ISO file is saved, windows 10. Right-click the ISO file and select Properties. On the General tab, click Change and select Windows Explorer for the program you would like to use to open ISO files and select Apply, windows 10. Then right-click the ISO file and select Burn disc image.

If you want to install Windows 10 directly from the ISO file without using a Windows 10 or flash drive, you can do so by mounting the ISO file. This will perform an upgrade of your current operating system to Windows

To mount the ISO file:

  1. Go to the location where windows 10 ISO file is saved, right-click the ISO file and select Properties.
  2. On the General tab, click Change… and select Windows Explorer for the program you would like to use to open ISO files and select Apply.
  3. Right-click the ISO file and select Mount.
  4. Double-click the ISO file to view the files within. Double-click storycall.us to start Windows 10 setup.
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Wake-on-LAN (WoL) is an old-school technique windows 10 network administrators have used for years to remotely turn on PCs on the same network without sidling up to them. You can use it at home, too. Here&#;s how.

Why Use WoL and How It Works

First, let&#;s discuss why you might want to use this feature, and really there&#;s only one: convenience. Let&#;s say you&#;re making coffee in the kitchen, and you want the PC on by the time you get to your home office. Just fire up an app from your phone, tap a button, and your PC will be ready and waiting by the time you get there.

It doesn&#;t have to be just a phone that windows 10 your PC either. You can use this trick from another PC, a Mac, or even a smart speaker if you don&#;t mind a slightly complicated setup.

Wake-on-LAN&#;s basic premise is pretty simple. Computers send and receive information in small parts called packets. When WoL is enabled, your PC is waiting for a so-called &#;magic packet&#; that tells it to wake up by including the PC&#;s MAC address.

Remember that without some tweaking that is beyond the scope of this article, WoL is not a remote feature. Your waking device (the phone) has to be on the same network that the PC to be waked is using.

WoL Prerequisites

Before anything else, your PC needs to be on an Ethernet connection. For that reason, this trick works best with desktops or laptops that are always plugged into Ethernet. You may also have to turn Wi-Fi off on the target device for WoL to work properly.

Next, you need to have WoL enabled in your computer&#;s BIOS. We&#;ve got a tutorial on how to get into your PC&#;s BIOS as it&#;s slightly different depending on the brand. Usually, however, it&#;s a matter of hitting a dedicated key or a regular keyboard key such as Del.

A gigabyte BIOS screen with red arrows pointing to the Wake On Lan option.

Looking inside the BIOS the Wake-on-LAN option may be organized differently and the feature can be packaged as part of a larger set of features. On this example PC, windows 10, the WoL feature was found under Power as its own entry. If you can&#;t find the feature, windows 10, search for it on Google using your motherboard&#;s brand name and model number.

Often WoL is enabled automatically in the BIOS, but it&#;s always a good idea to double-check.

Next, you have to enable WoL inside Windows 10 or

Open the context menu for the start button and select the Device Manager option in Windows

First, you need to open the Device Manager by right-clicking the start button and selecting &#;Device Manager.&#; Another alternative is to search for it by hitting the Start button and typing in &#;device manager.&#;

The device manager in Windows 11 with a red arrow pointing to the properties option for a network controller.

Once the utility opens click on Network adapters and select your Ethernet controller. You may have a ton of options, but you&#;re looking for something with a name that includes &#;controller,&#; &#;adapter,&#; or something similar. Anything that says TAP, VPN, windows 10 host-only is not what you&#;re looking for.

Once you&#;ve found your Ethernet controller right-click it and select Properties.

Enable these Wake-on-Lan settings in Device <b>Windows 10</b> width=

A properties window will open. Click the &#;Power Management&#; tab and make sure all three boxes there are checked including:

  • Allow The Computer To Turn Off This Device To Save Power
  • Allow This Device To Wake The Computer
  • Only Allow A Magic Packet To Wake The Computer

The magic packet settings in Ethernet controller properties window.

Before we close this window let&#;s go to the &#;Advanced&#; tab. In the list scroll down to &#;Wake On Magic Packet,&#; select it, and ensure under &#;Value&#; that the drop-down box says &#;Enabled.&#;

If windows 10 the case, click &#;OK,&#; and you&#;re done with this part.

One last thing: open the Settings app by hitting Windows+i on your keyboard, windows 10. Then in Windows 11 go to Network & Internet > Ethernet, windows 10, and scroll down to windows 10 bottom of the window.

In Windows 10 go to Network & Internet > Ethernet, windows 10, and then at the top click on the name of your Ethernet connection, windows 10. Next, scroll all windows 10 way down under &#;Properties.&#;

Here you&#;ll find something labeled &#;Physical address (MAC)&#; and then a combination of letters and numbers. It&#;s usually about 12 characters separated by dashes, windows 10. Copy this down in case you need it.

Setting Up Your Wake Device

With the PC set up, it&#;s time to get our device ready that&#;s going to do the waking.

For this example, we&#;re going to make it nice and simple and use a phone. Download the Wake On Lan app from developer Mike Webb.

Wake on Lan for Android with a PC ready to go.

Once it&#;s installed, make sure you&#;re connected via Wi-Fi to the same network your target PC is on. Now tap the plus (+) button on the main screen, and then when you get to the next screen, pull down and wait, windows 10. The pull-down will trigger a network search to find devices on your network.

Once you find your device, you can select it, and you&#;re done. If you don&#;t see it tap &#;Enter Manually,&#; give your device a nickname and enter its MAC Address. Then tap &#;Add Device.&#;

Choose the Sleep option.

Now it&#;s time to test our setup. Go to your wakeable PC, click the Start menu, and then the power button. Instead of choosing, &#;Shut Down&#; choose &#;Sleep,&#; and wait for your PC to go into the low-power mode.

Now, windows 10 up the Wake-on-LAN app on your phone, tap your device, windows 10, and it should turn on within a few seconds.

RELATED:PSA: Don't Shut Down Your Computer, Just Use Sleep (or Hibernation)

Troubleshooting

If the WoL feature doesn&#;t work do windows 10 basic troubleshooting such as making sure your PC is actually sleeping. Are all the RGB lights off (assuming you didn&#;t set them to remain windows 10 Is the power button glowing as if the PC is on? Try waking it the standard way to see what happens.

If the PC was truly asleep then check that your phone is connected windows 10 the right Wi-Fi network, put your PC back to sleep and try again. It may also be worth checking your Ethernet cable for faults.

Wake-on-LAN is a fun, windows 10 feature to enable that can be very helpful for those times you want your PC to be ready to go the moment you are.

RELATED:How to Make Any Computer Boot Up or Shut Down on a Schedule

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Microsoft says it’s planning to update Windows 10 annually with any future feature updates. Starting today, Microsoft is releasing the Windows 10 November update, and the next major update after that will be available later in This update cadence matches the same used by Windows 11, which will also introduce new features on an annual basis.

“We will transition to a new Windows 10 release cadence to align with the Windows 11 cadence, windows 10, targeting annual feature update releases,” explains John Cable, Microsoft’s head of Windows servicing and delivery. “The next Windows 10 feature update is slated for the second half of ”

Microsoft’s commitment to future Windows 10 feature updates comes after the company was quiet about its plans during the Windows 11 unveiling earlier this year. It’s still not clear what Microsoft will bring to Windows 10 in the future, though. The November update is very minor, with the only standout feature for users being GPU compute support in the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). Microsoft has also already started rolling out the new Microsoft Store to Windows 10 devices earlier this month.

Most of Microsoft’s future Windows windows 10 are understandably for Windows 11, windows 10, but the company will support at least one version of Windows 10 until October 14th, We could see two or maybe three feature updates to Windows 10 until its end of support date, but they’re not likely to be significant ones anymore.

Microsoft is also accelerating its rollout of Windows 11 today. “Based on the positive rollout update experience and user feedback we have seen to date, we are windows 10 the pace of the rollout faster than we previously anticipated, and now making the Windows 11 upgrade more broadly available to eligible Windows 10 devices,” says Cable.

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