Windows 10: Key Features for IT Admins


Windows 10 for IT Admins


The release of Windows 10 has provided IT admins with features that have helped with the day-to-day operations of a business IT environment. This article will go through the most important changes in Microsoft’s new operating system that can make your life easier if you happen to be an IT administrator.





One key enhancement in Windows 10 is that the upgrade process does not require reformatting the hard drive. In the past new Microsoft OS deployments typically involved having to perform a “wipe-and-load” or reformat process that removes all traces of the existing OS and adds a fresh version of the new version.

Windows 10 uses a new method to upgrade the OS that retains user settings like desktop resolution or color scheme. The Windows 10 upgrade process also maintains the proper requirements to stay within the management infrastructure for deploying the new release. This method is known as dynamic imaging and, new laptops or other devices will not require IT admins or techs to do a traditional wipe-and-load in order to meet corporate standards.


Other Important Details for Upgrading to Windows 10


  • Windows 10 has the same hardware requirements as both Windows 7 and Windows 8.…/active-directory-aadconnect/



  • There will be improved integration between Active Directory and Azure Active Directory. For example, a user signing in to Windows 10, automatically signs the user in to the Windows Store and to Office 365.


2. Interface Changes



Windows 10 Start Menu



One of the most important changes in Windows 10 is the user interface, which combines the Metro-style tiles with the traditional Windows desktop. Microsoft has included a new Start menu displaying the tiles, similar to the tiles that filled the entire screen in Windows 8. This may help to reduce user training, as most users are familiar with the Start menu from Windows 7.



Windows 10 Continuum


The Start menu provides a good balance between the traditional desktop of Windows 7 and the radical changes in the desktop of Windows 8. The Windows 10 Start menu includes the list of programs users found in the older versions of Windows. Additionally, Continuum, a new Windows 10 feature, seamlessly switches the user to and from the touch-screen mode and desktop mode, further enhancing the usability of the Start menu and Windows 10 in general.



3. Security Features



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Microsoft has done away with separate operating systems for Windows 10, meaning there is just one OS for every type of Microsoft device. This may improve the OS security, as there is less surface area for attackers to exploit, and IT administrators only have to focus on developing security measures to protect one operating system.



WIndows 10 Multifactor Authentication


Windows 10 also includes enhanced security in features such as: tools to prevent and combat malware, multifactor authentication, data loss prevention (DLP), improved access controls, and app whitelisting capabilities.


With many users still using Windows 7 due to the learning curve of Windows 8, it may be a good idea for IT admins to start thinking now about deployment, training and security issues for Windows 10.



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