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How to install the November Update on Windows 10 Enterprise edition

Windows 10 updateMicrosoft provides several editions of Windows 10. When you buy a new PC, you will likely get Windows 10 Home preinstalled, or if you’re running a consumer version such as Windows 7 Home Premium, Starter, Home Basic, or Windows 8.1 Core, your PC will get Windows 10 Home as a free upgrade through Windows Update. In addition to Home, there is Pro, which is also on new PCs, retail purchase, or free upgrade for corresponding editions such as Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate.

There is another edition that you do not typically see in home environments or small businesses; that’s the Enterprise edition (which is available for a free 90-day evaluation). This version is usually available to large enterprise customers who purchase Windows in bulk then deploy it to hundreds or thousands of PC’s. Windows Enterprise was first introduced with the release of Windows Vista in 2006 and has been a part of Microsoft’s volume license programs ever since. If you work in such an environment, you might have it deployed on your work computer. College students also have access to this version that is called Education which typically targets, you guessed it, academia.

Unlike Enterprise, Education edition can easily upgrade to the November Update Version 1511 Build 10586 without issue.

Education Upgrade

Upgrading Windows 10 Education Edition to November Update Version 1511 Build 10586

Updating Windows 10 Enterprise to November Update

As for Enterprise, it’s a bit trickier, and there is a reason. If you are working in a managed environment where you authenticate on a Windows Server Domain; based on your Administrator’s discretion you might not get the 1511 Update for Enterprise until your IT department does appropriate testing and validation to ensure it does not break anything. With the move to a more rapid update cycle, Microsoft has introduced significant changes to how IT departments worldwide deploy updates and new revisions of Windows. With the recent mishap regarding privacy settings for build 10586, it is a perfect example why upgrades are not pushed automatically to the Enterprise edition through Windows Update.

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That being said, Microsoft did also release an updated Windows 10 Enterprise 1511 ISO to its various software portals such as the Volume License Service Center, MSDN, and Dreamspark. Depending on your support system within your organization and the relationship that exist between you and your IT department, you could negotiate being part of a pilot to get the upgrade early. It is also possible for you to access your company’s Volume License Service Center then download the update and perform the upgrade yourself.


Enterprise customers can download Windows 10 Enterprise 1511 from VLSC

It requires that you update to Enterprise 1511 through a repair upgrade that replaces build 10240 operating system files with build 10586 files. Some caveats to keep in mind, the upgrade might be blocked under a domain account, if you have access to a local account on the machine, log into it and perform the upgrade there.

Should I just wait?

It probably is best you hold on since Admins deploy it in work environments and you are provided with a particular set of applications to accomplish your job. If the upgrade to 10586 breaks any of those applications, you have no choice but to revert and wait until your company fixes whatever problems you might encounter. For college students, your options are more flexible, and if you are running Enterprise, you can request the upgrade through some channels as part of your Microsoft Campus Agreement. Some students might need to consult their local Department, Lab, or Center Software Liaisons for access to the upgrade. In most cases, it’s best to wait to push it out until you determine that it’s ready to roll for the company’s software and services first.

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9 Responses to How to install the November Update on Windows 10 Enterprise edition

  1. jx December 2, 2015 at 3:35 pm #

    I’m running enterprise edition and it’s never been connected to a domain. I’m not seeing an option to upgrade to 1511. I’ve tried the upgrade utility, downloading the KB directly, etc and I always get a not compatible error. Such a failure on Microsoft’s part… Windows 10 is a complete mess.

    • Abhi December 3, 2015 at 1:25 am #

      I’ve been facing exactly the same problem. No 1511 update as yet…

    • Andre Da Costa December 3, 2015 at 8:29 am #

      If you got it through MSDN or DreamSpark, then you can simply download the ISO from there then perform a repair upgrade. MSDN Windows 10 Enterprise licenses use MAK licenses.

  2. Pick Axe December 3, 2015 at 3:02 pm #

    I have Windows 10 Ent installed on my computer, I am not part of the domain either, I used MS live ID to login. Still I do not get the update. I read one web site that says the repair method does a clean install and another said it does not work.

  3. TexasBob December 6, 2015 at 5:47 pm #

    Windows Update 1511, 10586, has been installing itself on my computer for the past 5 hours. I contacted Microsoft via chat and was sent to site that charged money. What is going on and is anyone else experiencing this problem?

    • Sirwriter December 7, 2015 at 7:29 am #

      Same old Microsoft. You seem a likely target to them: a consumer who is in a tight spot and may not be able to resolve it yourself. It therefore seems logical to them to charge you in their fashion, enough to pay the salary and benefits of the person talking to you, net profit for Microsoft, money to go into R & D, and a basic rate for the conversation. Know that you may or may not be able to resolve your problem with their “help”. That is of little consequence. It is similar to dealing with our government. They’ll make promises that sound too good to be true, and when problems arise, tell you anything to keep you busy swallowing it until Windows 15 comes along and the matter is moot.

  4. CR7 December 30, 2015 at 9:30 am #

    can i update windows 10 education to new build

  5. Keith Furrow June 29, 2016 at 10:41 am #

    As of June 29, 2016 I’m still not getting build upgrades on Win10 Enterprise. Some machines use WSUS which does have the update(s) enabled but clients ignore them.

  6. bb July 12, 2016 at 2:10 am #

    can you use the TH2 trial iso to upgrade a legit TH1 enterprise installation?

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