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Windows 10 Enterprise 2015 LTSB, What’s That?

If you pondered on what is “LTSB”. Here is some “shared” info for you.

What is the Long Term Servicing Branch?

“Windows 10 uses a new approach to providing updates to users. Traditionally Microsoft would release a version of Windows and then provide updates such as security and bug fixes, but not add any major, new functionality. Every few years Microsoft would release a new version of Windows that contains updates and new features but this meant customers would always have to wait years for new functionality. With Windows 10, Microsoft is giving users greater choice in how they receive new features with the introduction of a long-term servicing branch (LTSB) and a current branch (CB) version.

The LTSB is similar to how versions are delivered today with a new one delivered every couple of years and in between each new version Microsoft will provide security updates, bug fixes and so on. Alternatively, customers can choose to use the CB method which provides security updates, bug fixes, and new features every few months.

When each LTSB is released it will converge with the currently existing CB, allowing customers to transition from CB to LTSB, in the event they decide they no longer want to receive updates so frequently. Customers using LTSB will be able to upgrade between LTSB builds and likely one additional time prior LTSB (current Windows 8.1 would count as a LTSB).”

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To sum this up in a short way:
The Long Term Servicing Branch versions of Windows 10 act like older versions of Windows in that you will still receive security patches and bug fixes through Windows Update but you will not receive enhancements and new feature upgrades.

16 replies on “Windows 10 Enterprise 2015 LTSB, What’s That?”

I must first ask… Was this a Windows 10 upgrade or clean install.
If you upgraded from Windows 7, 8, 8.1 then you can follow these steps:

Open the Start menu and select Settings.
Click the “Update & security” icon and select “Recovery.”
You should see a “Go back to Windows 7″ or “Go back to Windows 8″ option.
Click the Get started button to get rid of your Windows 10 install and restore your previous Windows install.

Note that LTSB images will not contain most in-box Universal Windows Apps (for example, Microsoft Edge, Cortana, the Windows Store, the Mail and Calendar apps) because the apps or the services that they use will be frequently updated with new functionality and therefore cannot be supported on PCs running the LTSB OS.

The features in the N and KN Editions are the same as their equivalent full versions, but do not include Windows Media Player or other Windows Media-related technologies. This includes Windows Media Center and Windows DVD Maker

N versions were created due to a fine/settlement with the European Union. Ref: http://www.cnet.com/uk/news/windows-7-n-the-n-editions-explained/

As for the LTSB (long term servicing branch) – Long Term Servicing Branch versions of Windows 10 act like older versions of Windows in that you will still receive security patches and bug fixes through Windows Update but you will not receive enhancements and new feature updates.

If your looking for my thoughts and opinion on which is best. I would say go with Enterprise when possible.

Best Regards, Jermal (jermsmit)

Windows Hello requires specialized hardware, including fingerprint reader, illuminated IR sensor or other biometric sensors. Certain features may not be available for customers who choose to take advantage of the Long term Servicing Branch option.

@fathi: windows.old is a folder created automatically after upgrade, repair-reinstall, or recovery. It can be removed using ‘disk cleanup’ tool after one month in Win10 version, in case you decide to revert back. After removal reversion will no longer be available.To remove sooner and free up disk space, open ‘Administrator Tools’, select ‘disk cleanup’ with a r.-click, and ‘run as administrator’. Select from the list of items which can be deleted.

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