Windows 10 Preview Build Streamlines Pro-to-Enterprise Upgrades
Prior to Windows 10, Microsoft did not support in-place upgrades from the Pro to the Enterprise edition of the operating system. Getting Enterprise's extra security features and expanded set of IT-friendly capabilities meant wiping the system and reinstalling the OS.
Windows 10 solved this by essentially packing all of the features found in Enterprise into Pro and allowing users to enable them by changing the product key. After a reboot, users are greeted with Windows 10 Enterprise.
Now, a new preview build (number 14352) of the OS, released on May 26 to the Fast Ring of the Windows Insider beta testing program, does away with the reboot requirement, allowing users to continue working without missing a step.
"We heard a lot of feedback about having to reboot to complete the upgrade so starting with this build a reboot is no longer required when upgrading from the Pro to Enterprise edition," wrote Gabe Aul, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Engineering Systems group, in a blog post. "You can try this out by going to 'Settings -> Update & Security -> Activation' in the settings app and click the 'Change product key' button and enter a valid Enterprise product key."
Users no longer have to reboot their systems if they want to upgrade their PCs from Windows 10 Pro to Enterprise. Meanwhile, Cortana learns new tricks.
A new security setting, called Limited Periodic Scanning, uses Microsoft's Windows Defender scanning engine to seek out and purge malware, acting as an additional line of defense on systems with real-time antivirus protection. "These periodic scans will utilize Automatic Maintenance—to ensure the system chooses optimal times based on minimal impact to the user, PC performance, and energy efficiency—or customers can schedule these scan," explained Microsoft in an online support document.