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#1 Earthlark

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Posted 13 July 2018 - 02:31 PM

Looking for ideas:

 

Backround: I work for a non-profit with a tiny budget. We have 25 computers all running Windows 10 Home (5 teacher computers and 20 computers in a COW). Students use computers for English and digital literacy practice.

 

Problem to be solved: Looking for a way to push updates, settings, and programs to the computers. What is the best solution that would allow me to do this? First, is there any way to do this (for free or very inexpensively) without upgrading to Windows Pro. If the only/best solution is to upgrade to Windows Pro, I may be able to upgrade to windows pro (through Tech Soup for $8 per computer). In that case, can I set up group policy for the computers for free or do I also need to buy and install windows server?

 

Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!



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#2 mightywiz

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Posted 13 July 2018 - 05:31 PM

windows 10 home is very limited what you can do.  you could look into remotely logging in and starting updates. and if you have a shared folder between all computers you can put your install programs in there and launch them remotely.  but that requires the time to log into each machine and manually start the process on each computer.



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Posted 14 July 2018 - 06:02 AM

Hi,

 

For centrally administrate Group Policies you need a Windows server to create a Domain, Windows Home can't be a member of the Domain so you need Windows Pro on the machines to do that.

 

With the Domain you get more tools to do the administration job but in some situations it helps to have some tools to install software, etc. like:

- PDQ Deploy https://www.pdq.com/pdq-deploy/ - the free version have limited functions available but doesn't have a limit in terms of number of machines.

- ManageEngine Desktop Central https://www.manageengine.com/products/desktop-central/edition-comparison-matrix.html - the free version is limited to 25 machines and have some limitations

 

I found this two recently when looking for free solutions to deploy software...


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Posted 14 July 2018 - 09:51 AM

You can install gpedit.msc for windows home, see here!


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#5 mightywiz

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Posted 25 July 2018 - 11:06 AM

You can install gpedit.msc for windows home, see here!

i couldn't get it to work correctly and didn't have access to a lot of things.



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Posted 01 August 2018 - 07:48 AM

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Posted 01 August 2018 - 06:45 PM

I would offer you a bunch of options, but I'm afraid they've all already been described. so I propose to buy you a new router.





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