Get started with Windows 10 IoT Core

Creating your own device is exciting, but we understand that it can also be intimidating. The resources below will help you on your prototype or commercialization journey.

Have questions along the way? Please work with your Microsoft contact or post questions on our Windows 10 IoT forum.

Not finding what you're looking for? File an issue on GitHub or open a pull request to contribute information.

What is Windows 10 IoT?

To learn more about our two offerings, Windows 10 IoT Enterprise and Windows 10 IoT Core, we've created documentation for you to learn more about what each product has to offer.

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Windows IoT overview

Compare our two Windows 10 IoT products and see which solution is the right fit for you.

Windows 10 IoT Enterprise overview

Learn more about how to get started with Windows 10 IoT Enterprise.

Windows 10 IoT Core overview

Learn more about how to get started with Windows 10 IoT Core.

Build your first Windows 10 IoT device prototype

New to Windows 10 IoT? Get started quickly and easily with our Windows 10 IoT Core Quickstarter.

Windows 10 IoT pricing

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Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) for commercialization

Small fee per device with access to 10 years of support, update control and Device Health Attestation (DHA). Learn more here.

Semi-Annual Channel (SAC) for commercialization

Free, but you will not get access to 10 years of support, update control, or DHA. You will also need to sign our commercialization agreement. Request it here.

Learn more about detailed lifecycle information here.

Bring a device to market

Commercialization, or bringing a device to market, is a much more advanced process that involves more moving parts and people than just prototyping a device on your own time. Commercialization requires a number of steps to ensure that your devices, wherever they are in the world, can receive updates, are as secure as possible, and are compliant.

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SoCs and Custom Boards

Learn about the different SoCs and SOMs you can work with to build your Windows 10 IoT Core solution.

OEM License Requirements

Sign the OEM license agreement and learn more about other requirements for commercialization.

Commercialization FAQ

Read some of the frequently asked questions regarding commercialization on Windows 10 IoT.

Creating test and retail images

With the Windows 10 IoT Core manufacturing guide, learn how to create test images - great for trying out new ideas and designs - and retail images - for more final device designs.

Windows 10 IoT Core feature list

Learn about the different test and retail features as defined by Microsoft for your Windows 10 IoT Core images.

Installing and servicing apps

Learn how to install and service UWP apps on Windows 10 IoT Core through the Microsoft Store.