Moving to Windows 10? Things for the Back Pocket…


Josh Condie - Last week, Microsoft updated it's support policy for Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 on Skylake systems.  In Windows Marketing GM, Jeremy Korst's post (here), he provided the following:

  1. To help provide greater flexibility for customers who have longer deployment timeframes to Windows 10, the support period for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 devices on Skylake systems will be extended by one year: from July 17, 2017 to July 17, 2018.
  2. Also, after July 2018, all critical Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 security updates will be addressed for Skylake systems until extended support ends for Windows 7, January 14, 2020 and Windows 8.1 on January 10, 2023.

This extension gives small businesses the time that some of them need to plan for Windows 10.  I'm posting this update to help you help them accelerate this plan.

Below is a condensed collection of great Windows 10 deployment resources that can help you enable Windows 10 (even on Skylake systems), and a far better user experience.  Including "up to 30x better graphics and 3x the battery life - with the unmatched security of Credential Guard utilizing silicon supported virtualization."


*from James Burrage's Technet post earlier this month (here):

Windows 10 Deployment Links


Windows 10 General Information

Windows 10 release info:

Windows 10 Update history:


Windows 10 Servicing or updating

Windows 10 Servicing options:

Windows 10 servicing options for updates and upgrades:


Windows 10 Privacy and Telemetry

Windows 10 privacy:

Configure Windows 10 Telemetry settings:


Windows 10 Deployment

Windows 10 unattend.xml reference:

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2013 Update 2:

Window 10 Group policy settings reference:

Windows 10 deployment using Configuration Manager:

Removing Windows 10 inbox applications in MDT task sequence:

Remove apps such as Candy Crush, twitter, etc..:

.Net Framework 3.5 deployment considerations:

.NET Framework 3.5 deployment considerations with MDT:

Microsoft Edge customization and configuration:


Windows 10 Activation

Windows 10 volume activation tips:

Windows 10 KMS Host Update for Windows 10:


Customizing the Start Menu or TaskBar in Windows 10

Windows 10 Start Layout Customization Deployment Guys Blog:

Manage Windows 10 start layout options:

Customize Start Menu using group policy:

Customize Start Menu using export/import:

Customizing ICD or provisioning packages:

Changes to group policy settings for start menu in Windows 10:

Customizing TaskBarLinks:


Windows 10 Other

Locking down Windows 10:

Managing Cortana in Enterprise:

Intro to Configuration Service Providers(CSP):

Windows 10 Display Scaling


Windows Store for Business

Windows Store for Business:

Using Windows Store for Business with MDT 2013:


Windows Update for Business

Windows Update for Business:



Windows 10: Deploying and Staying Up To Date [WIN326]:

Using the Windows Store for Business: New Capabilities for Managing Apps in the Enterprise [WIN335]:

Upgrading to Windows 10: In Depth:

Preparing Your Enterprise for Windows 10 as a Service:

Windows 10 for Mobile Devices: Provisioning Is Not Imaging:

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