Microsoft 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.
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.
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.
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.