Microsoft Windows 10 Home | USB Flash Drive
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- Windows 10 delivers comprehensive protection: Including antivirus, firewall, Internet protection, 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
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Microsoft enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Microsoft set up its India operations in 1990. Microsoft in India offers its global cloud services from local data centers to accelerate digital transformation across Indian start-ups, businesses, and government agencies.
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. Director 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.
Depending on how you got your copy of Windows 10, you'll need either a 25 character product key or a digital license to activate it. A digital license (called a digital entitlement in Windows 10, Version 1511) is a method of activation in Windows 10 that doesn't require you to enter a product key. Without one of these, you won't be able to activate your device.
Product detailsPlatform:USB | Edition:Home
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 0.79 x 5.79 x 4.37 inches; 2.72 Ounces
- Item model number : HAJ-00052
- Date First Available : May 1, 2017
- Manufacturer : Microsoft
- ASIN : B075RM5BHV
- Country of Origin : USA
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Advice: Dont try to intall from boot, that was my instinct and what I tried first, kept locking up in the 'preparing files' section.
Just put USB in, open it in File Explorer, and load 'start up.'
Took me an afternoon to figure that out.
This is a critique of the installation media, ie, the USB thumb drive. In short, a huge improvement over the DVD method of OS installation! The installation went without a hitch and is far faster than installing from a DVD.
The USB stick did not work (immediate blue screen upon file load during boot with 00021a, so installation wizard never even started) and I was treated by Microsoft to the worst customer service experience I've had in a very long time. Instead of help, I was just informed that I was "doing it wrongly" and any time I didn't immediately respond to him because I was reading his walls of useless text and links, spammed me with messages like "are we done and I can mark this issue resolved?". He obviously cared more about his metrics of resolution time than actual resolution. I wish I'd saved that ticket number; I'll be more careful next time.
After wasting most of a day in a defective call queue trying to get to a sensible human who was not following an outdated debugging script (the steps the first guy gave started with something I couldn't even do because the stick was bad and weren't even for Windows 10 or desktops and was incompatible with most modern motherboards, despite informing the chat person multiple times was what it was for), I found someone in their call center who realized the issue and led me to an alternate method of getting Windows onto the machine with my own USB stick that worked and my key proved valid so the computer is working now. Thank you to that person. You're good at your job and deserve a raise.
Since then, I've been bombarded by phone calls and emails from Microsoft asking if my service was satisfactory. No, it was not, and every time I try to leave this horrible experience in the past, they contact me again asking if my issue has been resolved and if I was satisfied with my experience. I filled out their surveys and took their calls, but they won't leave me alone. That's what led to me writing this review.
Windows is great and the key did work, but don't buy Windows in this form. Use your own USB stick you know works and manually install on there unless you believe yourself more fortunate than I.
NOTE: The Windows 10 Home version I received from Amazon in AUGUST 2019 is version 1809 (November 2018), NOT the latest version - which is 1903 (May 2019). You can still use this purchase and get the latest version (using the license key from your package). BUT, to do so, you will need to download Windows 10 from the Microsoft website (Internet search "Windows 10 install") either to a thumb drive or Windows 10 ISO to DVD (read the type of DVD you will need on the Microsoft website). Amazon should provide information on which version you are buying.
Now I'd like to explain a couple of things that Microsoft doesn't tell you - and really doesn't want you to understand during the installation. Traditionally (prior to Windows 10) you installed in a way that Microsoft now calls a "Local Account". Now they want you to use the default install which is using a "Microsoft Account". They say Windows runs better that way. Well, maybe, maybe not. Privacy advocates might suggest using a Local Account is the better option and that Windows 10 is way too intrusive. I tend to agree. You should read online about the two options with a DuckDuckGo search to decide which is best for you.
If you want to set up with a "Local Account", you should really decide before installation. The reason is there is a bug that Microsoft has known about for over three years and has not fixed. This happens when you use the default installation for a Microsoft Account (using your Microsoft email address) and then change to Local Account AFTER the installation. This might be too technical for some, but at that point, it will truncate your user name in the Windows 10 system. So, if your email is Samuel at outlook.com, it will change INSIDE of Windows to samue (first five characters). This shows up under c:\Users. I believe that if you then use Word, or Excel, it will associate those documents with "sameu", not "Samuel". You can do an Internet search to learn more. There is NO fix other than a clean reinstall. (Ok, there is another if you are very technical).
To set up as a Local Account during your initial install, simply disconnect your wired desktop computer - unplug the Ethernet cable from the computer. (With a laptop, you may need to turn your wireless off at your wireless router). Windows install will see you are offline and allow you to set up a Local Account. A Local Account setup will require you to create a password and 3 security questions (all pretty basic). In my opinion, this will give you a smooth, clean traditional install. In the past, you did not have to go through all this to set up a Local Account with Windows 10, they offered both options during the install..
My suggestion after the Windows install is to go Settings > Privacy and change the 25 Privacy setting options (yes 25, 8 of which you can modify during the installation process - which you should review during the install, particularly the Advertising ID). Then continue to Windows Update and update the software. Then install third party security software, if you so desire.
If you are less concerned about Privacy, and want everything preset for being in the Cloud, then the default install is probably your best bet. (That does not mean you cannot use online backup storage with a Local Account).
(During my install with the Windows 10 Home USB purchased from Amazon, I encountered some problems, but they could have been related to the older (5 years plus) Dell hardware I am using (could be BIOS related). The reason I say that is I had the same issue with the ISO version burned to a DVD. If you are a Dell (or other) user with an older PC and after the Windows install it gets to the point when it says "Windows needs to restart to continue "rebooting in 10 seconds" and reboots to the first screen for the Windows install, eject your DVD and Reboot by clicking the Red X at the upper right hand corner of your screen. It should boot from the Windows you just installed on your hard drive. The "rebooting in 10 seconds happens after ... "Copying Windows Files... Getting Files Ready ... Installing features ... Installing updates ... Finishing up")
Finally, Windows 10 set up as a Local Account, is an "ok" operating system. There are bugs that need to be addressed - like setting up additional users on the PC without setting up Microsoft Accounts. In my opinion, Windows 98, Windows XP and Windows 7 were better operating systems. I use "were" with Windows 7 as Microsoft decided not to do an SP2 update like they did for XP. This has turned an otherwise very good operating system into one that is less usable and less safe. IMO, that has been intentional on Microsofts part. Windows 10 with a Microsoft Account is intrusive and I would rate as "poor".