Windows 10 is designed for today’s business world. It helps protect your company against modern security threats with Enterprise data protection, secure remote connections, and Device Guard to help protect against malware. Windows 10 offers universal apps that adapt to the end user and to the tasks at-hand, and run on any Windows device. In Microsoft Edge, Windows 10 goes beyond browsing to provide a more personal and productive web experience. The return of the Start menu offer users a consistent, powerful, yet familiar working environment. End users get proactive and personalized help from Cortana, which you can integrate with your company’s LOB applications.
For IT Pros, we have simplified management and deployment to help you perform “in-place upgrades” instead of “wipe and replace” deployments. Dynamic updates then leverage the continuous innovation driven by Windows to keep your company up to date with the latest features and technology. With provisioning packages capability, IT Pros can now provision Windows 10 devices at runtime, reconfigure devices, or bring users’ existing devices into organization, with automated configuration of network and security settings.
Provisioning Package, Firmware and Drivers now available for Surface
We have released a specific provisioning package for Surface Pro 3 on the download center that you can use to speed your deployment, update, and configuration of Windows 10 on Surface Pro 3 devices. In coming weeks, we will provide packages for other Surface devices.
Many of you have already adopted Surface in your company. Now you can install Windows 10 on those Surface devices. Windows 10 specific Surface firmware and driver packs for Surface 3, Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 2, and Surface Pro 1 devices are ready and available for you to download and install.
Here’s what you can do to get your end users up and running on Windows 10. You will need the latest firmware and driver pack for Surface devices, and Windows 10. For Surface Pro 3 devices you can download the sample Windows 10 provisioning package, which includes the necessary drivers.
Scenario 1: Using the standard image for Surface devices
Choose this option if you want the simplest, fastest way for end users to move to Windows 10. If your end users use a standard image that came with their Surface devices, Windows can do the update, configuration, and restore work for you!
Using Windows Update
A notification on the taskbar will alert users when their upgrade to Windows 10 is ready to be installed. They can choose to upgrade now, or postpone until later.
Creating your own installation media
If you prefer to use your own update process instead of Windows Update, you can download the Surface firmware and drivers files and the Windows 10 image.
1. Install Windows 10 drivers for Surface devices by downloading and running the Surface driver .zip or .msi file for the end user’s specific device. (On the Download Center page, click More under Details to see a complete list of available packages).
2. Upgrade to Windows 10.
a. Download Windows 10 and create your own installation media for the standard Windows 10 image.
b. Instruct users to select the Dynamic Update option during the setup process to automatically download and install latest updates.
Scenario 2: Using a custom image for Surface devices
Choose this option for greater flexibility in providing end users with a custom Windows 10 installation. You will need to create a custom image that combines Windows 10 and the latest Surface device-specific drivers. You can use either your existing deployment infrastructure or new tools such as Windows Imaging and Configuration Designer (ICD) for offline Windows image customization to speed up the imaging process. You can build a customized provisioning package, or for Surface Pro 3 you can use the sample package that we provide. For more information on creating a custom image, visit the Windows Techcenter.
Follow these steps to install and configure your custom image:
1. Download Windows 10 specific Surface firmware and drivers pack for Surface 3, Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 2, and Surface Pro 1 devices from the Download Center.
a. Or for Surface Pro 3 devices you can download the sample provisioning package for Surface Pro 3, which incorporates the appropriate drivers.
2. Get Windows 10 for your business
3. Create a custom deployment image incorporating Windows 10 and the Surface firmware and driver pack for your specific Surface device (or use the sample provisioning package for Surface Pro 3.)
4. Follow the Windows 10 deployment guidance provided on the deployment page of the Windows Techcenter.
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Surface IT Pro Marketing team
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