Windows 10 volume license media

Applies to

  • Windows 10

With each release of Windows 10, volume license media is made available on the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) and other relevant channels such as Windows Update for Business, Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), and Visual Studio Subscriptions. This topic provides a description of volume license media, and describes some of the changes that have been implemented with the current release of Windows 10.

Windows 10 media

To download Windows 10 installation media from the VLSC, use the product search filter to find “Windows 10.”  A list of products will be displayed. The page then allows you to use your search results to download products, view keys, and view product and key descriptions.

When you select a product, for example “Windows 10 Enterprise” or “Windows 10 Education”, you can then choose the specific release by clicking Download and choosing the Download Method, Language, and Operating system Type (bitness).

If you do not see a Windows 10 release available in the list of downloads, verify the release date.

In Windows 10, version 1709 the packaging of volume licensing media and upgrade packages is different than it has been for previous releases. Instead of having separate media and packages for Windows 10 Pro (volume licensing version), Windows 10 Enterprise, and Windows 10 Education, all three are bundled together. The following section explains this change.

Windows 10, version 1709

Windows 10, version 1709 is available starting on 10/17/2017 in all relevant distribution channels. Note: An updated Windows ADK for Windows 10 is also available.

For ISOs that you download from the VLSC or Visual Studio Subscriptions, you can still search for the individual Windows editions. However, each of these editions (Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Enterprise, and Windows 10 Education) will point to the same ISO file, so you only need to download the ISO once. A single Windows image (WIM) file is included in the ISO that contains all the volume licensing images:

Images

When using the contents of these ISOs with tools such as the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit or System Center Configuration Manager, make sure you select the appropriate image index in any task sequences that you create or update.

For packages published to Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), you’ll also notice the change because, instead of having separate packages for each Windows edition, there will be just one package:


Title Classification Description
Feature update to Windows 10, version 1709, <language> Upgrades Package to upgrade Windows 10 Pro (VL), Windows 10 Enterprise, or Windows 10 Education to version 1709
Windows 7 and 8.1 upgrade to Windows 10, version 1709, <language> Upgrades Package to upgrade Windows 7 Professional (VL), Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 8.1 Professional (VL), or Windows 8.1 Enterprise to Windows 10 1709

When you approve one of these packages, it applies to all of the editions.

This Semi-Annual Channel release of Windows 10 continues the Windows as a service methodology.  For more information about implementing Windows as a service in your organization in order to stay up to date with Windows, see Update Windows 10 in the enterprise.

Language packs

  • Windows 10 versions 1507 and 1511: you can select Windows 10 Enterprise Language Pack, click Download and then select English and 64-bit to see these downloads. 
  • Windows 10 1607 and later: you must select Multilanguage from the drop-down list of languages.

See the following example for Windows 10, version 1709:

Windows 10, version 1709 lang pack

Features on demand

Features on demand can be downloaded by searching for "Windows 10 Enterprise Features on Demand" and then following the same download process that is described above.

Features on demand is a method for adding features to your Windows 10 image that aren’t included in the base operating system image.

Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) User Guide
Volume Activation for Windows 10
Plan for volume activation
VLSC downloads FAQ
Download and burn an ISO file on the volume licensing site (VLSC)