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Topic # 240172 24-Aug-2018 12:00
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A certain retailer is selling laptops "Education"  with Windows 10 Pro "national academic" , selling them for general home use


What limitations does the windows 10 "national academic" lic have . Is it OK for general NON Edu use
The laptop has already bneen bought, I just want to check before I open the box

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  Reply # 2078465 24-Aug-2018 12:39
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As far as I know, the likes of o365 educational etc tend to be tied to a recognised educational partner login... 


10 Appears to be well cut down. And essentially a VLK. 


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  Reply # 2078469 24-Aug-2018 12:48
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When buying "education" deals, I believe you are meant to provide student ID or similar to show you are a "student" of the education system. If the retailer isnt asking for this, then I think you'll find they're in breach of the conditions of these "education" deals.


Otherwise, no, I think they are full versions of Win 10 with no limitations.



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  Reply # 2078475 24-Aug-2018 12:59
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I can see one issue being if I need to reload , or install 1803 update via CD


I guess the  lic wont work with the std 10 ISO download , will need the edu VL ISO ?

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  Reply # 2078489 24-Aug-2018 13:08
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The media creation tool download should activate Home, Professional and Education.



It's basically Professional with some of the consumer features (those which impact on privacy like Cortana assistant etc.) disabled by default (which could be a positive) there may be other caveats. I'm guessing the Education edition license fee for the OEM on these laptops is closer to Home edition than Professional.



I don't see a problem for home use at all. Basically you get Professional edition without needing to pay the extra as long as you can put up with it system properties displaying Education edition. Things like Cortana not turned on by default compared to Home edition so you will need to enable manually if you wish.



As for business use not all that different from Office 2003 Student and Teacher edition being used for example as was common in the past, not illegal but I guess following your end of the Microsoft software license agreement when you accept.

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