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- Windows 10 delivers comprehensive protection – including antivirus, firewall, internet protections, and more
- 3D in Windows 10 gives everyone the ability to produce 3D objects with speed and ease
- Windows mixed reality provides the thrill of VR plus phenomenal sense of presence
- PC gaming is better and more social than ever on Windows 10, with games in 4K, game mode, and Mixer game broadcasting
- Windows Hello is the password-free sign-in that gives you the fastest, most secure way to unlock your Windows devices
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Do things confidently.
Windows 10 was developed using feedback from millions of people, so you can feel confident that Windows 10 works the way you want it to. Additionally, Windows 10 helps you stay current for a worry-free experience with the greatest features and our latest protection against viruses, phishing and malware.
A web that works the way you do.
The all-new browser is great for getting things done online. Write or type directly on webpages and easily share the mark-ups; you'll also like reading online articles free of distractions. The address bar gives you personalized recommendations to get you quickly to your online destination.
Take your gaming further.
Great Xbox titles, the best of Xbox Live, and your Xbox community, achievements, and game collection via the Xbox app. You can even use your Xbox controller and stream Xbox One games on your home Windows 10 PC, laptop, or tablet. (1)
Do things across your devices.
Take your movies, music, and photos with you across all your devices with OneDrive. Plus, with OneDrive, you get 15GB of free storage space.
Do things magically.
Cortana (2) is your truly personal digital assistant who learns more about you over time. Cortana works across all your devices, from phone to tablet to PC, to help you do more and forget less.
(1) Features only available in supported games in Xbox Live supported countries. See xbox.com/live/countries. Limited number of games available in 2015 support cross-device play; additional games to follow. Stream to one device at a time; streaming with multiplayer from Xbox One requires network connection and Xbox Live Gold membership (sold separately); Gold also required for multiplayer play on Xbox One. DirectX 12 only available with supported games and graphics chips.
(2) Cortana available in select global markets at launch. Cortana experience may vary by region and device.
With Windows 10 Home, you’ll always have the latest features and security. Experience faster start-ups, a familiar yet expanded Start menu, and great new ways to get stuff done.
Windows Mixed Reality requires a compatible Windows 10 PC and headset; PC requirements may vary for available apps and content.
PC hardware requirements may vary for games on Windows 10. Games sold separately. 4K functionality available with supported games, monitors, and graphics chips. DirectX 12 only available with supported games and graphics chips. Check PC to determine graphics chip compatibility.
Windows Hello biometrics require specialized hardware, including fingerprint reader, illuminated IR sensor or other biometric sensors and capable devices.
Product detailsPlatform:Download | Edition:Home
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language: : German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Japanese, Turkish
- Item Weight : 4.8 Ounces
- Item model number : KW9-00265
- Date First Available : June 20, 2015
- Manufacturer : Microsoft
- ASIN : B01019BM7O
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WINDOWS 10 HOME VS PRO:
This product is Widows 10 home. There is another version - Windows 10 pro that includes additional features such as domain join, Group policy management, bitlocker, remote desktop etc. If you are using Windows 10 for casual use then you can use the Windows 10 home. You can install same applications, software and the end user experience is same on both version of Windows.
WHAT IS DOWNLOAD VERSION
There are other version available which have the Windows packaged on either CD/DVD or USB drive. The license/product key for the Windows is on the box containing the media. However, this version provides you with the license/product key and expects you to download the windows from Microsoft's website.
HOW TO INSTALL THIS VERSION
After you buy the Windows 10 you would receive an email containing the license/product key. Product key is a combination of 25 digits and characters. The email contains link to a page on instruction to redeem the purchased item. The page specifies the link on Microsoft's web-site where you can download Windows. Form that site you can download Windows Media creation Tool or Widows ISO. The media creation tool lets you create a bootable USB of Windows for installation. Whatever way you choose, the installation media will have files for installing both Home and Pro version.
You might experience one problem if you are upgrading from a Pro version of older Windows (e.g. Windows pro or Windows 8 pro) to this Home version. After the upgrade you would find that you have Windows 10 Pro installed and the purchased license key would not work. So if you are upgrading from a Pro version you would have to perform a clean install to get Windows 10 home version. This would mean that you have to backup all data because the clean install will delete all the data on the installation drive.
When performing a clean install, you insert the media (DVD or USB drive) which contains the Windows 10 and reboot the device. Since we want the computer to boot from this media, so make sure that in the BIOS the boot-order specifies computer will try to boot from the media before the Hard disk. You would have to consult your computer's/laptop's manual to see how to set that. Usually when you boot the computer the very first screen shows the key to press to enter BiOS configuration (e.g. in my case I had to press F2 to enter BiOS configuration) As part of the installation process the computer will reboot. At this point make sure to remove the DVD/USB otherwise the installation process will begin again.
Things are really straight forward if you are upgrading from a previous Windows Home version. You can simply insert the media and click on executable file name "setup.exe". This will start the installation process.
HOW TO USE THE PRODUCT KEY
The product key received with this purchase would be of 25 characters (combination of numbers and alphabets.) Soon after starting the installation, Windows 10 would show a screen asking for the product activation key. The received product key needs to be entered there. Windows will try to validate the key at this point. If it is not able to validate the key (in case Internet connection is not yet configured or not available), even then Windows will proceed and will get installed but will not be activated.
When Windows 10 installation process asks for product key, you can also select the option "I don't have a product key". In this case also, Windows 10 will get installed as deactivated.
If Windows 10 is deactivated then there are couple of features disabled (such as personalization features e.g. changing wallpaper, accent color) Also there will be watermark on the desktop saying that Windows 10 is not yet activated.
You can still activate the Windows 10 by entering the product key in Settings > Update and Security > Activation screen.
IS THIS COPY OF WINDOWS GENUINE
Seems like so. Other than the fact that it worked for me without any issues, Microsoft's website also sells the download version for the same price. However, with Amazon I can use the points and get points for the purchases, so it was a little cheaper by buying using Amazon's credit card. There are numerous other web-sites that sell the digital key for the Windows 10 for anywhere $15-$40. From different experiences posted online, it seems that getting those keys to work is simply a game of luck. Some of these keys are coming from people who are selling their key for cheap (because they got it for cheap from various discounts.) Some are straight-away scams. At-least this in one is genuine and I can get support if things don't work.
--->You cannot use the serial to activate an unactivated installation of Windows 10 Home.<---
Amazon refunded the purchase for me and for that I am grateful, but they need to fix the description for this product. Or better yet replace it with the actual software download and keys that people are actually trying to purchase.
Do not buy this product. Do not try to install this product. In 20 years, nothing has changed -- Microsoft still has no idea how to make products that work. It is only through the diligence of tens of thousands of sysadmins, contractors, consultants, and other IT professionals that anything they make works at all. Their business model is simply stated: create thousands of careers for other people in the effort to keep their products afloat.
I agree that the written description on the Amazon site is woefully inadequate to insure that non-OS computer literate person will know what this purchase is to be used for. Those who are very comfortable downloading OS software and knowing how to load that clean copy onto a computer - which may entail working with ISO files and creating bootable disks (or thumb drives) will be very happy. This authentication code is a genuine Microsoft product and works perfectly to authenticate the clean copy of Windows 10 on a computer.
I strongly discourage novices from using this method of up dating an obsolete OS or old computer to Win 10. A hardware enthusiast who builds their own homegrown computer may use this purchase to activate a copy of Win 10, but again, you need specialized knowledge to do that successfully and with minimal pain.
This knowledge is freely available on the internet by searching for topics like "Windows 10 downloads" "Windows 10 authentication" "How to load a clean copy of Windows 10" and other such key words. Even if you have never done this before, it is fairly easy to learn how to do so by doing your research on the internet.
Do not think that purchasing an authentication code will result in pushing a button and magic happening - NOT.