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How to Get Started With Windows IoT Enterprise?

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Windows IoT Enterprise is an operating system designed specifically for embedded systems. An embedded system contains microprocessor chips that are designed to perform a fixed task. That is why Windows IoT was formerly called Windows Embedded.

Operating systems made for embedded systems are needed by OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) to develop software using the OS tools for their hardware. Windows IoT Enterprise is a great solution for these OEMs.

This article will elaborate on getting started with the Windows IoT Enterprise.

Why Use Windows IoT Enterprise?

Before getting started with the Windows IoT Enterprise, users must understand why should they choose Windows IoT Enterprise. The following are the reasons to choose Windows IoT Enterprise for an embedded system:

  • Windows IoT protects IoT devices from malware using its advanced security features.
  • Windows IoT has longer/extended manufacturing support for any issues that OEMs may face.
  • Windows IoT is compatible with embedded systems that have limited memory.

How to Get Started With the Windows IoT Enterprise?

To get started with the Windows IoT Enterprise, follow the steps demonstrated below.

Step 1: Selecting the Right Hardware
To run Windows IoT on the hardware, first, select the desired SoC (System-on-Chip) board according to the technical requirements and budget. Following are the few boards that run well with the Windows IoT:

Step 2: Select the Windows Edition
Windows IoT Enterprise has several editions that came with their key improvement and features. Select the appropriate edition for the hardware from the table provided below:

Edition Features
Base Windows Store for Business, Shell Launcher, Windows Defender Antivirus, Device provisioning, etc.
Release 1607 (July 2016) HORM, Hybrid Azure AD join, App-v, etc.
Release 1703 (March 2017) Windows Defender ATP, Hyper-V, Security Center, Line Display POS API, etc.
Release 1709 (Sep 2017) Windows Analytics Update Compliance, Multi-App kiosk mode, System Guard, etc.
Release 1803 (March 2018) Provides Analytics on Threats, Provides Diagnostic Data Viewer, and Kiosk error reporting.
Release 1809 (Sep 2018) Provides Camera Based Barcode Scanning, v2 of Shell Launcher, Provides Desktop Analytics.
Release 1903 (March 2019) Supports Qualcomm Snapdragon 850, Windows Sandbox, and Improved Accessibility.
Release 1909 (Sep 2019) Transport Layer Security(TLS) 3.1, Inking improvements, Provides Desktop Analytics.
Release 2004 (April 2020) Improved Task Manager, Provides Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) v2, Enhanced Accessibility.
Release 20H2 (Oct 2020) Comes with revised Windows Sandbox policies, an updated version of Windows Shell, and an improved Microsoft Edge browser.
Release 21H1 (April 2021) Provides Windows Hello multi-camera for security and privacy, and improved performance for WMI group policy client services.
Release 21H2 (Oct 2021) Provides Compute Support for GPU, Read Only Media mode, and WPA H2E standards support.

Follow this link to the official Windows website to learn comprehensively about the features of different Windows Editions.

Step 3: Installing Windows IoT
Once the right Windows IoT edition has been selected, the user has to install this OS on their board. The SoC board comes with its own deploying instructions. Users must follow those instructions in order to correctly install Windows IoT in their hardware.

After deploying Windows IoT on the SoC board, the user can transfer their already created Windows Application or create a new one in the context of the demand of their hardware product.

That is all about getting started with the Windows IoT Enterprise.


To get started with the Windows IoT Enterprise, select the desired System-on-Chip (SoC) board for the hardware. Next, choose the right Windows IoT edition by comparing the product’s demand with the features of the different editions. Lastly, install Windows IoT Enterprise on the hardware and import the Windows application or develop a new one according to the product’s functionality. This article has provided comprehensive instructions on how to get started with the Windows IoT Enterprise.

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