Unlock Windows Holographic for Business features

Microsoft HoloLens is available in the Development Edition, which runs Windows Holographic (an edition of Windows 10 designed for HoloLens), and in the Commercial Suite, which provides extra features designed for business.

When you purchase the Commercial Suite, you receive a license that upgrades Windows Holographic to Windows Holographic for Business. This license can be applied to the device either through the organization's mobile device management (MDM) provider or a provisioning package.


In Windows 10, version 1803, you can tell that the HoloLens has been upgraded to the business edition in Settings > System.

Edition upgrade using MDM

The enterprise license can be applied by any MDM provider that supports the WindowsLicensing configuration service provider (CSP). The latest version of the Microsoft MDM API will support WindowsLicensing CSP.

For step-by-step instructions for upgrading HoloLens using Microsoft Intune, see Upgrade devices running Windows Holographic to Windows Holographic for Business.

On other MDM providers, the specific steps for setting up and deploying the policy might vary.

Edition upgrade using a provisioning package

Provisioning packages are files created by the Windows Configuration Designer tool that apply a specified configuration to a device.

Create a provisioning package that upgrades the Windows Holographic edition

  1. Create a provisioning package for HoloLens.

  2. Go to Runtime settings > EditionUpgrade, and select EditionUpgradeWithLicense.

    Upgrade edition with license setting selected

  3. Browse to and select the XML license file that was provided when you purchased the Commercial Suite.

  4. On the File menu, click Save.

  5. Read the warning that project files may contain sensitive information, and click OK.


    When you build a provisioning package, you may include sensitive information in the project files and in the provisioning package (.ppkg) file. Although you have the option to encrypt the .ppkg file, project files are not encrypted. You should store the project files in a secure location and delete the project files when they are no longer needed.

  6. On the Export menu, click Provisioning package.

  7. Change Owner to IT Admin, which will set the precedence of this provisioning package higher than provisioning packages applied to this device from other sources, and then select Next.

  8. Set a value for Package Version.


    You can make changes to existing packages and change the version number to update previously applied packages.

  9. On the Select security details for the provisioning package, click Next.

  10. Click Next to specify the output location where you want the provisioning package to go once it's built. By default, Windows ICD uses the project folder as the output location.

    Optionally, you can click Browse to change the default output location.

  11. Click Next.

  12. Click Build to start building the package. The project information is displayed in the build page and the progress bar indicates the build status.

  13. When the build completes, click Finish.

Apply the provisioning package to HoloLens

  1. Connect the device via USB to a PC and start the device, but do not continue past the fit page of the initial setup experience (the first page with the blue box). HoloLens will show up as a device in File Explorer on the PC.


    If the HoloLens device is running Windows 10, version 1607 or earlier, briefly press and release the Volume Down and Power buttons simultaneously to open File Explorer.

  2. In File Explorer, drag and drop the provisioning package (.ppkg) onto the device storage.

  3. Briefly press and release the Volume Down and Power buttons simultaneously again while on the fit page.

  4. The device will ask you if you trust the package and would like to apply it. Confirm that you trust the package.

  5. You will see whether the package was applied successfully or not. If it failed, you can fix your package and try again. If it succeeded, proceed with device setup.