Windows 10 editions for education customers
Windows 10, version 1607 introduces two editions designed for the unique needs of K-12 institutions: Windows 10 Pro Education and Windows 10 Education. These editions provide education-specific default settings for the evolving landscape in K-12 education IT environments.
Compare each Windows edition
Find out more about the features and functionality we support in each edition of Windows.
Get Windows 10 Education or Windows 10 Pro Education
When you've made your decision, find out how to buy Windows for your school.
- Automate common Windows 10 deployment and configuration tasks
- Deploy a custom Windows 10 Start menu
- Manage Windows 10 updates and upgrades
- Reprovision devices at the end of the school year
- Use MDT to deploy Windows 10
- Use Windows Store for Business
Windows 10 configuration recommendations for education customers
Provides guidance on ways to customize the OS diagnostic data, consumer experiences, Cortana, search, as well as some of the preinstalled apps, so that Windows is ready for your school.
Deployment recommendations for school IT administrators
Learn how to customize the OS privacy settings, Skype, and Xbox for Windows-based devices used in schools so that you can choose what information is shared with Microsoft.
Minecraft Education Edition is built for learning. Learn how to get early access and add it to your Microsoft Store for Business for distribution.
Take tests in Windows 10
Take a Test is a new app that lets you create the right environment for taking tests. Learn how to use and get it set up.
Chromebook migration guide
Find out how you can migrate a Chromebook-based learning environment to a Windows 10-based learning environment.
Set up Windows devices for education
Depending on your school's device management needs, you can use the Set up School PCs app or the Windows Configuration Designer tool to quickly set up student PCs.
Deploy Windows 10 in a school
Get step-by-step guidance to help you deploy Windows 10 in a school environment.
Deploy Windows 10 in a school district
Get step-by-step guidance on how to deploy Windows 10 to PCs and devices across a school district.
Try it out: Windows 10 deployment (for education)
Learn how to upgrade devices running the Windows 7 operating system to Windows 10 Anniversary Update, and how to manage devices, apps, and users in Windows 10 Anniversary Update.
For the best experience, use this guide in tandem with the TechNet Virtual Lab: IT Pro Try-It-Out.
Switch Windows 10 Pro to Pro Education from Microsoft Store for Education
If you have an education tenant and use Windows 10 Pro in your schools now, find out how you can opt-in to a free switch to Windows 10 Pro Education.
Follow these links to find step-by-step guidance on how to deploy Windows 8.1 in an academic environment.
Windows 8.1 deployment planning
Explore key considerations and questions that should be answered when planning for Windows 8.1 deployment.
Windows 8.1 deployment to PCs
Get an overview of Windows 8.1 deployment to PCs in an educational environment.
Explore Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) considerations, including device types, infrastructure, and deployment models.
Deploying Windows RT 8.1
Get step-by-step instructions on how to configure and deploy Windows RT devices (like Surface and other tablets) in educational environments.
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
Learn how to address challenges related to BYOD scenarios using Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI).
Windows Store apps
Explore Windows Store app deployment strategies and considerations for educational institutions running Windows 8.1.
Windows To Go
Learn about the benefits, limitations, and processes involved in deploying Windows To Go.