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    Preparation for Last-Minute Windows 10 Migration – Edition and Language

    Choosing an Edition and Setting Your Language


    Windows 10 has several editions such as “Home”, “Pro”, and “Enterprise”. For Enterprise, there also two additional sub-options, “Enterprise E3” and “Enterprise E5”. Each have different security features. Some people may buy “Home” without much thought because it is less expensive than the other editions. “Home” is fine for personal use but may not perfectly satisfy your business needs. One of the main reasons is that, with “Home”, you can’t connect to a domain. You must have “Pro” or higher in order to join a company domain. If you already have “Home” and this is a problem for you, you will have to upgrade to “Pro”.


    Additionally, Windows 10 offers two architectures, 32-bit and 64-bit. The 32-bit version can only utilize a maximum of 4 GB of memory. If you often use multiple applications simultaneously, or use graphically intensive applications, such as for video-editing or CGI, it would be better to choose 64-bit because that would allow you to use more than 4 GB of memory, which is necessary for such activities.


    Another consideration is software compatibility. A 64-bit OS can typically run 32-bit software applications, but a 32-bit OS cannot run 64-bit applications. Therefore, it is worth reviewing the applications you intend to use before making your decision.


    Regarding language settings, there was some frustration with Windows 7 because you could not change the OS display language once you initially select it (available in Ultimate / Enterprise editions only). However, with Windows 10, you can.


    If you want to add new language, you can install it on your PC from “Settings”. This is my language setting below. English is set as the default display language. However, the Japanese language pack is also installed. You can always change the default language in the list by dragging it to the top or clicking a language and then using the arrow buttons that appear.



    If you want to add another language, click “add a language” and choose the language that you want to install.



    If you want to keep your storage as free as possible, you can uncheck the “Speech” “and Handwriting” boxes to skip installing those features. Then just click “Install”, and you are done.  Newly installed language will be available after your next sign in. If don’t want the new language to be set as your display language, you should leave “install language pack and set as my Windows display language” unchecked.


    Beware that even if you install a new language pack, the keyboard layout may not automatically match it. For example, the Japanese keyboard (JIS) layout is a common sight, but not so many people are actually using kana (Japanese character) input. Instead, more people use romaji (English alphabet input) to write in Japanese.


    However, on an American keyboard (US keyboard, ANSI), typing special characters, such as @ [ ; : ] . / , etc., can be confusing because the layout is different. Also, besides the widespread QWETRY layout, there are others such as QWERTS and ACERY, so you need to be aware of those in international work environment. Keyboard layout can also be modified from Settings screen.


    Having said all of the above, if you have an overseas headquarters, be sure to check with them to see whether or not your local office has to follow their global policy and guidelines regarding this. Also, if you want to make a project schedule as short as possible, it is always best to create a uniform image to use on all your PCs. That will help ensure standardization without giving end users the burden to manually set it so themselves.


    In our next article, we will discuss things such as how to increase cooperation and user engagement in order to drive the project forward.


    In our next article, we will discuss things such as how to increase cooperation and user engagement in order to drive the project forward.


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