Those of you who are still running Windows 7 or another older version of Windows may be wondering if you should finally make the leap to Windows 10 (which you should). Microsoft introduced the free Windows 10 upgrade for Windows 7 and 8.1 users a long time ago. This means that you now have to pay for a license if you want to upgrade your current PC to the latest version of Windows.
Microsoft is expected to discontinue Windows 7 support in January 2020, and Windows 8.1 will not be far behind. You may want to test Windows 10 extensively to decide if the upgrade is worth your hard-earned money. You can do just that.
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Installation location of Windows 10
First, you will need an installation location for the Enterprise Edition. If you have a replacement PC, you can install the Enterprise Edition cleanly on this computer. If you have enough space on a PC, you can partition the disk to start multiple operating systems on the same PC at the same time.
As a third option, you can use the virtual machine software to install and run Windows 10 Enterprise in a separate environment in your current version of Windows. A free VM program is VirtualBox by Oracle. Another is VMware Player .
Download Enterprise Evaluation Version
To download the 90-day trial version of Windows 10 Enterprise, visit Microsoft's TechNet Evaluation Center . Click the Sign In link above to sign in with your Microsoft account.
Enterprise Vs. LTSC
Microsoft offers two different versions of Windows 10 Enterprise for evaluation: Enterprise and LTSC. Enterprise is the standard enterprise edition of Windows 10. LTSC (Long-Term Servicing Channel) is a special edition that omits more consumer-oriented features and is less frequently updated. Select the regular Enterprise Edition and click Next.
Enter your name and email address in the next screen. Phone number and the other criteria. If you do not want to use Windows 10 Enterprise for an actual company, enter your own name as the company name. Click on Continue.
32-bit or 64-bit?
Select the desired Windows 10 version on the next screen Download: 32-bit or 64-bit. Every computer in recent years should support the 64-bit version. Choose this option. Choose your language. Click Download to install the Windows 10 Enterprise Evaluation ISO.
Decide How to Install Windows 10
After the ISO file is downloaded, your next steps depend on how you want to install Windows 10.
If you want to install it in a virtual machine, you can work directly with the ISO file. If you want to install it on a replacement PC or as part of a dual-boot setup, you can either copy the ISO file to a bootable flash drive or burn it to a DVD.
Start your PC
After If your flash drive or DVD is set up, boot the PC where you want to install Windows 10 from the drive or CD. On the first screen of Windows Setup, review the language and settings, and then click Next. Click the "Install Now" button and accept the terms of the license to continue.
Click the second option on the screen to select the type of installation you want to use: Custom: Install Windows Only (Enhanced).
Setting where Windows 10 should be installed
Now you need to specify where Windows should be installed. Make sure that the correct partition is marked. On a clean PC or in a virtual machine, there should only be one partition with unallocated space. On a dual-boot PC, you should select the second partition with unallocated space that should be created when setting up the dual-boot system.
Click Next, and Windows 10 is installed.
Enter Business or Company Account Details
Follow standard screens to set up and customize Windows 10 with or without the help of Cortana. At some point, a login screen will appear asking you to sign in with an account that you use for Office 365 or other business services.
There is a mystery here. A normal Microsoft user account is not enough. You must use an account created specifically for a company or business. If you have such an account, enter your e-mail address and password. If not, click the domain join link to set up Windows 10 with a local account.
After you specify that you want a local account, you must identify who will use this instance of Windows 10. In the next screen, enter the name you want to use for your account and click Next. You can then create a password for the account and select three security questions.
Next, continue to the standard Windows 10 setup screens To enable Cortana, enable activity history, and your privacy settings to choose.
Take a Jaunt with Windows 10
Windows 10 is loading, and you can try it now by using all its features , customize the various settings and install your favorite software.
Provided you have a local account for setting up Windows 10 Enterprise, you can comply with it. A local account works well and is a good option if you plan to use Windows 10 Enterprise without integrating or syncing with other Microsoft settings and services that you may already be using.
However, if you have a Microsoft account that you want to access If you want to access OneDrive and other Microsoft services, you can simply switch to it from your local account. Open Settings> Accounts . Instead, click the link to sign in with a Microsoft account.
On the next few screens, type the email address and then your Microsoft password. Confirm the change by entering the password for the local account you created.
Next, you can create a PIN to sign up for Windows 10 faster. The next time you sign in to Windows 10 Enterprise, you can enter the password for your account Microsoft account, or simply enter your PIN.
Remember that you now have 90 days to try the Enterprise Edition. And if this free edition is installed on a replacement PC, a dual-boot setup, or a virtual machine, you can play with Windows 10 and still use your current version of Windows.