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Windows 10 is here | Let’s Celebrate

I’ve been playing with computers since first grade. I started with MS-DOS and used all Windows Operating systems to-date and today marks “a day of Celebration” for all those geeks like me around the world. The newest operating system from Microsoft, Windows 10 is now generally available starting from yesterday.

Guess what! If you have a legitimate copy of Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 OS (any edition) in any of your devices, you are eligible for a free upgrade to the same edition of Windows 10 till 29th July 2016. Let’s see some deployment options for Windows 10 as more information will arrive as the OS hits retail stores.

Fresh Installation

For those who have access to a MSDN subscription can now download all editions of Windows 10 as an ISO and install from scratch with an activation key. News is the OS will hit the Volume Licensing Portal on 1st of August.

No MSDN? Use the ISO Media Download tool

You can use the all new ISO Media creation tool to download the ISO version and installation bits of Windows 10. This tool lets you to download Windows 10 bits and create a bookable USB or an ISO file to use in another computer.

Win 10 ISO Media Tool 1

Not all editions are eligible for this deployment method. You’ll have to use Volume Licensing Portal or MSDN downloads if you need to get an Enterprise edition ISO.

Win 10 ISO Media Tool 2

Win 10 ISO Media Tool 3

Force Update for users reserved their upgrade

Some of you may have already reserved your upgrade to Windows 10 using the upgrade app released last month. But tired of endless waiting although it says “notify you when ready”. This is because Windows 10 release is planned to roll out via couple of waves starting from July 29th. Don’t worry there is a work around.

Windows 10 Update App 1

  1. Go to C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download > Select all the files and press SHIFT + DELETE. Now your Windows Update cache is clear.Windows 10 Update App 2
  2. Open command prompt as admin and type wuauclt.exe /updatenow to force Check updates in your system.
  3. Now if you check Windows Updates it should start checking for updates, again type wuauclt.exe /detectnow to get your free upgrade detected.
  4. For users who get’s their updates through WSUS (only if you can check updates from Internet as well) can use wuauclt.exe /resetauthorization /detectnow to expire the WSUS cookie, initiate detection, and have WSUS update computer group membership. This cookie contains information about your WSUS environment which you need to temporary reset.
  5. Sit back and relax until updates are downloaded and your PC is upgraded. Do keep in mind the golden rule of upgrade. BACKUP EVERYTHING YOU WANT FIRST.

I had to activate Windows 10 with an activation key as I’ve upgraded from Windows 8.1 x64 Professional to Windows 10 x64 Enterprise. If you are upgrading to the same edition (i.e 7 Pro> 10 Pro) you don’t have to worry about entering an activation key EVER. YES IT TOTALLY FREE.

Let’s welcome to the OS of the century, Windows 10.

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Connect Windows 10 Devices to Azure AD | Part 2

In my last post I explained how to join a Windows 10 device to Azure AD. Now it’s time to check how we can enforce organizational policies to same. Before that let me logoff from my standard user account and come back to log on prompt.

Win10 Join Azure AD 12You can see that my organizational account is displayed in the log on screen. After I have logged in it will take some time to setup the Apps and will test your patience (lol kidding). Notice that in-between this time you will be prompted to accept security policies enforced by your Azure AD tenant. Click Enforce these policies button to accept.Win10 Join Azure AD 10Now to test the functionality once logged in I’m going to launch the default Mail application. Voilà! my Office 365 e-mail account is already configured there.Win10 Join Azure AD 13Since my Office 365 Azure AD tenant has been on-boarded to my Azure account I can actually inspect the the devices that I have enrolled. For that I’m going to view the properties of that particular user.Win10 Join Azure AD 11Okay well where are those security polices I talked about. By default when you enroll a Windows 10 device policies such as password expiration will be provided by Azure AD. But if you need more granular control like device sweep, selective wipe, full wipe you’ll have to integrate Microsoft Intune with it. My office 365 E3 tenant already has MDM capability enabled with Intune. Therefore I can modify policies as I want from Office 365 Admin center.Win10 Join Azure AD 14Although it may seem a long shot Microsoft’s ultimate goal is to enable mobility for all users. I think this will be a huge leap assisting that vision.

Connect Windows 10 Devices to Azure AD | Part 1

Windows 10 is getting launched within next two weeks. Did you know that SMEs can get rid of their on-premise AD if they are just using it for authentication and compliance (Well Azure AD cannot replace group policies still)? Today I’m going to explore the Azure AD join feature that we have with Windows 10. I’m using a Windows 10 Insider Preview 10622 build for this.


  • Azure AD Tenant – If you are using Office 365 or has an Azure subscription you already have an Azure AD tenant or can create one.
  • Windows 10 Insider Preview installed PC – The latest release would do.
  • Check wither your Azure AD tenant is allowed to enroll devices. You can check this from Azure Portal as below. Note that this feature is still in preview.Win10 Join Azure AD 09

Now let’s take a look at how we can achieve this.

  1. In your Windows 10 device, go to Settings section. There you see and option Join or Leave Azure AD. Remember to check the device is activated or not first.Win10 Join Azure AD 01
  2. It will redirect to System properties window. You can see my device is in workgroup. Now I’m  going to select Join Azure AD.Win10 Join Azure AD 02
  3. Click Continue in the authorization page.Win10 Join Azure AD 03
  4. I’m going to use my Office 365 Azure AD tenant for this task. Notice that if you have AAD premium enabled you can see your custom logo as well.Win10 Join Azure AD 04
  5. Click Join when it prompts for verification.Win10 Join Azure AD 05
  6. Now it will take about 10 minutes for the device enrollment to complete.Win10 Join Azure AD 06
  7. If all is set you can click Finish.Win10 Join Azure AD 07
  8. When I check the System properties I can see that my device is joined to my Office 365 Azure AD tenant.Win10 Join Azure AD 08Now that you have successfully joined the PC to Azure AD in the next post let’s see how we can enforce your existing security policies to this device.