Windows 10 is a personal computer operatingsystem developed by Microsoft as part of the Windows NT family ofoperating systems. Officially unveiled in September 2014 followinga brief demo at Build 2014, the operating system reached generalavailability beginning on July 29, 2015.
The main goal of Windows 10 is to unify the Windows operatingsystem across multiple Microsoft product families—including PCs,tablets, smartphones, embedded systems, and Xbox One, as well asnew products such as Surface Hub and HoloLens—allowing theseproducts to share what Microsoft described as a “universal”application architecture and Windows Store ecosystem. Expandingupon the Windows Runtime platform introduced by Windows 8, thisarchitecture allows applications to be adapted for use betweenthese platforms while sharing common code.
Windows 10 introduced revisions to the operating system’s userinterface, including the addition of a Start menu similar toWindows 7 but incorporating Windows 8’s live tiles, a virtualdesktop system, a notifications sidebar (replacing the charms baron Windows 8/8.1), and the ability to adjust user interfacebehaviors based on available input devices—particularly on laplets.Windows 10 provides integration with additional Microsoft services,including the intelligent personal assistant Cortana, and XboxLive. Windows 10 also introduced a new default web browser,Microsoft Edge, as well as integrated support for fingerprint andface recognition login, and new versions of DirectX and WDDM toimprove the operating system’s graphics capabilities for games.
Unlike previous versions of Windows, Windows 10 adopted a tieredapproach to updates that Microsoft has described as a “service”,and receive new features at no charge for the “supported lifetime”of the device it is installed on. The Home and Pro editionsautomatically receive all non-critical updates as they are releasedwithout the possibility of declining them, in addition to automaticdriver updates. Unlike Home, Pro is able to defer updates for alimited time, but not ignore them completely. Enterprise editionsare capable of using periodic, long-term support milestones toensure stability, while the Windows Insider program enables betatesting of future updates. To encourage its adoption, Microsoftannounced that during its first year of availability, Windows 10would be made available free of charge to users of genuine copiesof eligible editions of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.
Installer Size: 4250 + 5704 MB