1.    23 Feb 2017 #1
    Join Date : Jun 2016
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    Windows 10 Education Pro


    Hi sorry if this is the wrong forum, I read an article that states windows 10 pro users in education can upgrade to win10 pro education - Great I thought I registered on the business store applied for the free upgrade - the instructions for the upgrade would require me to reset 22 machines and then during the setup select the school owns them - if I had not spent the previous week running a new image out I would have spent the time to get the update then do a sysprep image with all the software I need installed.

    On another forum I got an official link for the education pro and installed it on a virtual box it looks exactly the same as WIn10 Pro it has the Store app, other bloatware, Xbox etc so I contacted support to see if there was anyway of running the update without going to each machine - No it has to be each machine

    I then asked if all the distracting apps were removed No they are still there so what would the point of upgrading to the education version - if all the crap that distracts students are still available?

    Does anyone on this forum use the Education version?

    Are there any benefits to me wasting another week resetting all the computers and then running a new sysprep image?

    Or should I just stick with Win10 Pro which I removed all the apps from the Wim prior to install

    thanks
    a fustigated IT teacher
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  2.    23 Feb 2017 #2
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    A Finnish expat in Germany
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    Windows 10 Pro

    I've not had an opportunity to test Pro Education edition yet but I am running normal Education on a Hyper-V virtual machine and on dual boot with Pro on a laptop. Basically Education is exactly as Enterprise, meant for domain or Azure AD use. Main differences when compared to Pro are missing Cortana and no possibility to use Microsoft account as initial user account when setting up Windows, although when selecting initial user as local domain user a normal local account will be created which can then be switched to a Microsoft account instead of joining a domain.

    Native Windows apps in Windows 10 Education edition are the same than in Pro edition, Cortana being the only exception.

    If you already have setup Windows 10 Pro on your machines with a customised image I can see no benefits in doing the job again deploying an almost similar OS. This is of course only my personal subjective opinion based on what I know at the moment; I have no knowledge or insight about what additional features (see highlighted part in quote below) Pro Education might be and if they would be reason enough to upgrade to Pro Education.

    Quote from https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/...tion-customers:

    Windows 10 Pro Education

    Windows 10 Pro Education builds on the commercial version of Windows 10 Pro and provides important management controls needed in schools. Windows 10 Pro Education is effectively a variant of Windows 10 Pro that provides education-specific default settings, including the removal of Cortana1. These default settings disable tips, tricks and suggestions & Windows Store suggestions. More detailed information on these default settings is available in Manage Windows 10 and Windows Store tips, tricks and suggestions.

    Windows 10 Pro Education is available on new devices pre-installed with Windows 10, version 1607 that are purchased with discounted K-12 academic licenses through OEM partners (these discounted licenses are sometimes referred to as National Academic or Shape the Future).
    Existing devices running Windows 10 Pro, currently activated with the original OEM digital product key and purchased with discounted K-12 academic licenses through OEM partners (these discounted licenses are sometimes referred to as National Academic or Shape the Future), will upgrade automatically to Windows 10 Pro Education as part of the Windows 10, version 1607 installation.

    Customers with Academic Volume Licensing agreements with rights for Windows can get Windows 10 Pro Education through the Volume Licensing Service Center, available at a later date.

    Customers that deploy Windows 10 Pro are able to configure the product to have similar feature settings to Windows 10 Pro Education using policies. More detailed information on these policies and the configuration steps required is available in Manage Windows 10 and Windows Store tips, tricks and suggestions. We recommend that K-12 customers using commercial Windows 10 Pro read the document and apply desired settings for your environment.
    Kari
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  3.    23 Feb 2017 #3
    Join Date : Dec 2013
    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 IoT

    I haven't been able to get my hands on Pro Education, been wanting to have a look see for a while now. No sign of it on MSDN? I'm running Education at the moment. Nothing to add to what Kari already posted though. I can go from Pro to Education via "change product key". No install media required.
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  4.    23 Feb 2017 #4
    Join Date : Jun 2016
    Thailand
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    I am running it on a VBox and you can also disable the new spotlight rubish in GPO if you need a copy there are some availible on mydigitallife site
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  5.    23 Feb 2017 #5
    Join Date : Dec 2013
    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 IoT

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNomad View Post
    I am running it on a VBox and you can also disable the new spotlight rubish in GPO if you need a copy there are some availible on mydigitallife site
    That would be the site dedicated to pirating Windows? That would be the last place I would ever download an ISO from.
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