On Windows Versions

I will not go into details. You can google what the actual differences are between particular Windows versions. Just a quick heads-up that may be worth considering before you set about installing the system:

  • Windows (10) Professional – Is a sweet spot to me. I’m always after a full package of everything but, at the same time, I don’t want to be buried under anything unusable.
  • Windows (10) Enterprise – I don’t think that a common user will make much use of the features coming with the Enterprise version. I’m going to get rid of plenty of stuff anyway so there’s really no reason to be more “equipped” or to just feel more “geeky”.
  • Windows N (KN) Editions – This might seem appealing because it is, among other things, already stripped off Windows Media Player which is something I will further tell you to ditch anyway but don’t get tempted by this option. If you have an Android phone or any other non-Windows device which you will want to connect to your Windows machine you would fail trying to do so. And not even a correct driver would help you. The recognition of external devices, such as Android phones, is directly tied to “Media Features”1 and Microsoft would force you to install “Media Feature Pack for N editions” so you would end up at the same place either way. On top of that, you would need to be extra careful to install the exact right version of that pack depending on which version and build of Windows you’re currently running, for instance “Version 1607 (OS Build 14393.447)”.
  • Windows Insider Program – Again, it may sound tempting but is not worth it. Not recommended.

By the way, if you wonder how to find out precisely which version and build of Windows is currently installed on your PC then just:

Press Windows key + r and type “winver” without quotes. Hit Enter, obviously. A dialog will appear where the version and the build number is stated.

When it comes to getting the system installation you can use Microsoft Media Creation Tool which can be downloaded straight from the Microsoft website. Make sure you have selected 64-bit (x64) architecture if you have an appropriate processor. If unsure, check it out in System Information: Right click on Start button –> and click on System. There, in the System type line, you’ll see whether or not you have “x64-based” processor.

You can use the Media Creation Tool to create an ISO file and then “burn” it onto a USB flash drive (at least 4 GB), for instance via Rufus.

Once you have the flash drive ready you’re good to go with installing Windows.

 


1. [The problem actually only concerns the N editions. You can safely disable Media Features on other Windows versions.]

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