Windows 10

You Can Still Upgrade to Windows 10 for Free

Windows 7 reached end of support this month, but those with licensed and activated copies of Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 Home or Pro can still upgrade to Windows 10 for free. Here’s how… 1. On the PC you want to upgrade, go to the Download Windows 10 website ( 2. Under Create Windows 10 installation media, click Download tool now and then Run. 3. Choose Upgrade this PC now. 4. Follow the prompts.  

Resources for Extended Security Updates for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008

All Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008/R2 customers will get an update on January 14, 2020 as the operating system is in support until then. Updates for these operating systems after January 14, 2020 will be for ESU customers only. For those that need to understand ESU better, or want help in preparing for it, use the following links. How to get ESU for Windows devices IT Pro FAQ about the end of support for Windows 7 Windows 7 and Office 365 ProPlus support Extended Security Updates and System Center Configuration Manager Lifecycle FAQ overview for all ESU offerings Windows 7 SP1 test for ESU customers KB article Windows Server 2008 SP2 test for ESU customers KB article Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 test for ESU customers KB article

New Dell Command Update 3.1.0 comes with Command Line Support

If you were waiting for #Dell Command | Update 3.1, the wait is over. Command Line capability, granular scheduling, and Bitlocker awareness are included. Get it here — Warren Byle (@WarrenByle) November 20, 2019 This version of Dell Command Update (DCU) now includes a Command Line Interface. DCU 2.X is upgradeable to this version. Dell Command Update requires Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6.1 (or later) to be installed on the system. Download: Dell Command Update

Now Available: Administrative Templates (.admx) for Windows 10 November 2019 Update (1909)

Now that Windows 10 1909 is finally available publicly, Microsoft has now made the updated Group Policy settings available for download. Group Policy tools use Administrative template files to populate policy settings in the user interface. This allows administrators to manage registry-based policy settings. Download: Administrative Templates (.admx) for Windows 10 November 2019 Update (1909)

Fix Incompatible Apps in Windows 10 at No Cost & get Windows Upgrade help from Engineers

With the impending end of support for Windows 7, if you still need help with your Windows 10 migration, Aleks Lopez, who leads the Desktop App Assure team from FastTrack and Microsoft will walk through services for app remediation and upgrade automation using FastTrack to help get your environment to Windows 10, whether you’re fully on-premises or using the Cloud. For more details on Desktop App Assure: For more details on FastTrack:

No C and D Optional Windows 10 Releases for the Remainder of 2019

Along with delivering Windows 10 1909 this week, Microsoft has also given patching administrators a bit of good news. In a statement on the Windows Message Center: Timing of Windows 10 optional update releases (November/December 2019) There will be no more optional “C” or “D” releases for the balance of this calendar year. Note There will be a December Security Update Tuesday release, as usual. So, patching admins can rest easy for the rest of the year – except for the normal delivery of December’s Patch Tuesday.

Looking for the Windows ADK for Windows 10 1909?

After a long wait, Microsoft finally delivered Windows 10 1909 on Patch Tuesday for November 2019. Generally, when the company delivers a new Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) to help organizations customize Windows images for large-scale deployment. This time, however, that’s not the case. Per a note on the previous Windows ADK page: A Windows ADK for Windows 10, version 1909 will not be released. You can use the Windows ADK for Windows 10, version 1903 to deploy Windows 10, version 1909. Here’s the link to download the previous version: Download and install the Windows ADK

Microsoft Delivers Windows 10 1909 and Windows Server Semi-annual Channel

Customers have been waiting for Windows 10 1909 to be officially released. Today, Microsoft has flipped the switch and the official upgrade is now available. This month’s update comes on the Patch Tuesday, but the upgrade to 1909 is a smaller, easier update – handled much like just any other monthly update. Details here: What’s new for IT pros in Windows 10, version 1909 Additionally, Microsoft will be hosting a Windows 10 AMA on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 from 9:00-10:00 AM Pacific Time. To participate visit at 9:00 AM on November 19th.

Windows and Office deployment intro

Join Microsoft CVP Brad Anderson to discover the benefits of Windows 10 and Office 365, major changes and considerations versus previous deployments and best practices to ensure a smooth transition to Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus. In this introduction we’ll outline what has changed and go on a tour of the Desktop Deployment Wheel. This will guide you through the recommended steps for your shift to Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus, detailing how to leverage your existing tools and processes while adopting modern management technology and approaches along the way.

Microsoft Officially Releases Windows Virtual Desktop

Microsoft today has take the wraps off its Windows 10 virtual desktop product. Windows Virtual Desktop is the only service that delivers simplified management, a multi-session Windows 10 experience, optimizations for Office 365 ProPlus, and support for Windows Server Remote Desktop Services (RDS) desktops and apps. With Windows Virtual Desktop, you can deploy and scale your Windows desktops and apps on Azure in minutes. Details: Windows Virtual Desktop is now generally available worldwide  

Pre-release Builds of Windows 10 Coming to Configuration Manager Once a Month Starting with 1909

Microsoft today has announced a new opportunity for IT administrators to get access to pre-release features of Windows 10 prior to public delivery. Today, in response to your feedback, we will begin making pre-release Windows 10 feature updates available to IT administrators using Windows Server Update Service (WSUS). This is the next step in our efforts to provide your organization with the ability to validate line-of-business (LOB) applications, business-critical functionality, and policies, as well as evaluate new business features, prior to an update’s official release. Beginning with Windows 10, version 1909, we will aim to release pre-release builds to Configuration Manager on a monthly cadence. Beyond that release, we will aim to release these types of builds in line with the ...

KB4515384 Causes Issues with the Start Menu and Search in Windows 10

Microsoft has now notified customers over Twitter that the Windows 10 1903 open issues list has been updated to acknowledge the problem introduced for the Start Menu and Search.   📣 [Windows Release Health Update – New Known Issue: Acknowledged] Some users report issues related to the Start menu and Windows Desktop Search. Read more here: — Windows Update (@WindowsUpdate) September 12, 2019 For the 1903 list of open issues, most have been mitigated or resolved, but some remain open as the company works to fix them all.