If that happens to you, don't bother searching for your original product key. This allows users to pick up where they left off in various activities such as a working on a Word document on their other devices about activity history. Or perhaps you have a shrink-wrapped retail copy of Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate, where the license associated with the product key is no longer in use. This post will provide details on the April 2018 Update rollout plan, including information on our new machine-learning approach. For more information on Enterprise edition, go to the. As with prior rollouts, our goal is to deliver the April 2018 Update as quickly and as broadly possible, while maintaining the best possible update experience for our customers. Enhanced privacy controls We continue to focus on putting our customers in control so in the October Update we are enhancing the privacy choice and controls available to users to manage their privacy.
Improving the update experience We have heard clear feedback that while our users appreciate that updates keep their devices secure, they find the update experience can sometimes be disruptive. If you have Office 2010 or earlier and choose to perform a clean install of Windows 10, you will need to locate your Office product key. Some users may be required to review and choose their privacy settings before they can finish installing the April 2018 Update. You'll see a succession of progress screens and your system will restart. Here's how to get yours. Updated October 2, 2018 4:40 pm Tags. After you upgrade from Windows 10 Home, the Windows 10 Pro digital license is attached to the specific hardware you just upgraded, allowing you to reinstall that edition of Windows on that hardware anytime, without the need for a product key.
With the October 2018 Update, we are expanding our use of machine learning and intelligently selecting devices that our data and feedback predict will have a smooth update experience. In either case, the upgrade takes just a few minutes. Furthermore, during new device setup, we now offer an activity history page that allows users the opportunity to opt in to sending activity history to Microsoft, to help improve cross device experiences. . You can find out more about the new Privacy settings experience in this. This scenario worked during the early Windows 10 upgrade program, and after some testing and multiple reports from independent testers worldwide I can confirm that it still succeeds in mid-2018. With the April 2018 Update, we have also further shortened the amount of time your device is during updates up to 63% compared to the Windows 10 Creators Update.
Because your hardware already has a digital license for the Pro edition, it will activate automatically. As we did with the April 2018 Update, we will be proactively monitoring all available feedback and update experience data, making the appropriate product updates when we detect issues, and adjusting the rate of rollout as needed to assure all devices have the best possible update experience. How to get the Windows 10 April 2018 Update Updated May 9, 2018 7:37 am Tags. This down-market edition maybe we should just call it Windows for Cheapskates doesn't have the features you need for getting real work done: Remote Desktop server access, BitLocker disk encryption, group policy support, and control over when updates get installed, just for starters. Twice during the installation process, I was prompted to enter a product key. The update is now available through , and phased deployment. If you just purchased a new device that includes Office 365, we recommend redeeming installing Office before upgrading to Windows 10.
We are continually working to improve the update experience with each new release of Windows 10. Those keys can be reused to enable an upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro, potentially saving you the upgrade fee. The system was properly activated, because Microsoft's servers recognized the hardware and used the digital license. We will begin the global rollout out via Windows Update on May 8. To further minimize disruption in case your system is updating overnight , Windows also silences audio when it wakes for Windows Updates. As with previous rollouts, we will use real-time quality feedback to smartly update your device when we have data that shows your device is ready and will have a great experience. Microsoft first made this option available in Windows 10 version 1511.
The most recent review and update was published August 1, 2018. The April 2018 Update also includes changes to the set-up experience for privacy settings. Please provide us as we continue our journey to evolve the update experience, so that our great new product and security features and other enhancements arrive without disruption. Smaller downloads: In the October Update we are introducing a that creates a compact update package for easier and faster deployment. We hope you enjoy the April 2018 Update and encourage you to tell us about your experience by providing comments or suggestions via the. We are now enabling each new account on a device to personally tailor the main privacy settings, instead of only the initial user who sets up the device.
Since then, they have simplified the process dramatically. After entering the product key, follow the prompts to perform the upgrade. We use data to guide our phased consumer rollout and encourage commercial customers to do the same through. It's worth rummaging through your garage, storeroom, or email archives to see if you can locate one of those old keys. For more info, go to the. Your copy of Windows 10 will automatically activate later using your digital license.
Check the Activation screen again to confirm that you're now running Windows 10 Pro. That generic product key isn't magical, of course. Semi-Annual Channel Targeted released For our commercial customers, the release of the Windows 10, version 1809 on October 2, 2018 marks the start of the servicing timeline for and beginning with this release, all future feature updates of Windows 10 Enterprise and Education editions that release around September will have a 30 month servicing timeline. We will be further enhancing the performance of our machine learning model by incorporating more device signals such as improved driver telemetry and weighting of key features such as anti-malware software as we broaden the phased rollout. Then continue your deployment to more and more devices based on the results from your initial targeted deployments.
In that scenario, you can inadvertently restore Windows 10 Home. This ability to update at night when plugged in and not on battery power will help hide update activity and minimize user disruption from updates. After the upgrade completes, you should see a Success notification. Both times I chose the option to skip entering the key. Note: Drivers for Surface devices may be found on the page. Skype Earlier today, Yusuf Mehdi announced the , the newest feature update for Windows 10. All Windows 10 editions are available when you select Windows 10, except for Enterprise edition.
Fortunately, in recent feature updates this two-step process isn't necessary. You need to be an administrator to run this tool. If your hardware doesn't already have a Pro license, you'll get an activation error and you'll need to supply a proper product key or pay for an upgrade. The adoption rate of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update was the fastest of any version of Windows 10, making it the most widely used version of Windows 10. We are beginning the global rollout out via Windows Update in the coming weeks.