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Set Up Windows 10

Okay, it’s time get your new temporary Windows 10 install set up to your liking. Windows 10 will start off by making sure you have the immediate opportunity to connect to the Net.

Assuming that you’re using a laptop or other computer that connects to your network via Wi-Fi, a “Let’s get connected screen” pops up so you can join your local network.

Click the name of your local network.

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At the next “Let’s get connected” screen, type the security key for your local network. Then click Next. Windows will then connect you to your network.

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A “Get going fast” screen pops up to help you set up Windows 10. Here you have two options. You can choose the Express Settings to use the default settings for networking and other features, or you can choose the Customize Settings link to tweak individual settings to your liking. For our purposes here, we’ll choose Express Settings, so click the button to “Use Express settings.”

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The next screen asks if you want to join an Azure AD or join a domain. Unless you’re actually using the Enterprise edition in a large organization, neither of those options would apply or probably make much sense. You do have to choose one or the other, however, to get past this screen. So choose the option to join a domain. Then click Continue.

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Windows 10 then prompts you to create a local account. With Windows 10 Home and Pro, you would be given a choice to log in with or create a Microsoft account. But since this is the Enterprise edition, your only option is to create a local account. However, you can add your Microsoft account after Windows 10 is set up. Fill out the necessary fields, then click the Next button.

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Finally, Windows 10 appears for you to explore, to learn, to work, and to play.

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Note: You can now remove your Windows 10 USB drive or DVD from your computer.

You’ve logged in to the Windows Enterprise edition with a local account, but you can change that to your Microsoft account, which you had to set up or use to download the software. A Microsoft account allows you to log on to multiple Windows 10 or Windows 8/8.1 computers and tablets and sync key settings across all of your devices. To switch to a Microsoft account, follow the instructions in screen 2 of our article “Windows 10 Guide: How to Set Up (and Tweak) Your Login Options.”

From now on, each time you boot up your PC, you’ll see the Windows boot menu, asking whether you want to boot into Windows 10 or Windows 7 or 8.1, like so…

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If you do nothing, Windows 10 will launch, since that’s now the default operating system. If you’re just test-driving the Windows 10 Enterprise edition, however, you can easily enough change the default OS to Windows 7 or 8.1. The next time you see the Windows boot menu after you power up your PC, click on the link to “Change defaults or choose other options.”

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In the Options screen, click on the selection to “Choose a default operating system”…

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In the “Choose a default operating system” screen that appears, click on the option for Windows 10 or Windows 7 or 8.1.

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Windows returns you to the options screen. From here, you can also click on the option to “Change the timer” to set how long to wait until the default OS loads.

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At the “Change the timer” screen, click 5 minutes, 30 seconds, or 5 seconds to set the timer.

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Click the left arrow button next to the word Options until you see the Windows boot menu. You can then click on Windows 10 or Windows 7 or 8.1, depending on which OS you want to load.

Let’s go back into Windows 10; click its name on the boot menu.

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