Before I talk about Windows 10 LTSC here's a few things you might wanna know about :-
1.What is windows 10 bloatware?Windows PC's start off slower than they should be, clogged with unnecessary preloaded software known as bloatware. Programs such as candy crush soda saga, groove music, movies & tv etc are preinstalled. These apps run in the background and slow down computers and degrade performance a lot without users knowing it. Even if you have a look at your start menu in Windows 10 you'll notice a lot of apps which are complete crap and don't ever use them. If there's one thing I hate the most is Cortana.
2.Why not just use a debloater on a default windows 10 iso?
Even if you've debloated your windows 10, microsoft will reinstall some or the other crap with a security patch or force install updates in the background or for some reason the windows update breaks your pc and becomes unusable. Nobody wants to give off free performance to microsoft and let them spy, track and collect your data whether you have a low end pc like me or have a good gaming pc right? I mean who doesn't want privacy? You don't want your privacy to be intruded right?
3.What is Windows 10 LTSC?
The Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) is designed for Windows 10 devices and use cases where the key requirement is that functionality and features don’t change over time. In simple words, major features updates won't be updated on this version of windows so basically windows won't break that way. Since all the bloatware has been removed and made much lighter why not give it a try at least once! The worst part is that Microsoft hasn't disclosed much about this version of Windows since they won't people to use it and now they even regret making it lol.
4.A huge fps boost?If you have a high end pc don't expect such a big fps boost. You'll be getting about the same fps. But don't forget about privacy as a high end pc gamers as that matters too. If you are a low end pc gamer it will at least stop the game from crashing before and give much more performance, latency, and be much less privacy intrusive compared to the windows stock iso. At the end of the day, its the hardware which matters the most. If you're not able to buy new hardware this would be the best thing to do.
5.Why use Windows 10 LTSC?
1. No preinstalled apps ( Candy Crush Saga, Onenote for Windows 10, Groove music etc )
2. No forced updates
3. No CORTANA (READ MORE), Windows Store,
4. Extra performance and more stability
5. There won't be weird ads on your start menu and microsoft apps won't auto install.
6. Background apps won't run anymore since all preinstalled apps are removed.
7. The ISO is only 4.5gb compared to the Windows 10 stock ISO which is abt 6GB. ( Its bigger than Windows 10 LTSC 2019 as LTSC is now 21H2 with new stuff)
NOTE: Windows 10 LTSC Enterprise 2021 comes with Microsoft Edge but can be removed easily with:- CLICK HERE
6. FAQ1.Will there be compatibility and hardware issues?
Answer:- Windows 10 LTSC Enterprise 2021 is now based on 21H2 which came a few days ago ( So most of the websites are outdated since they're talking Windows 10 LTSC 1809). Since Windows 10 LTSC Enterprise 2021 is based on 21H2 just like the normal version of Windows there will likely be any compatibility issues with hardware.
2. Is Windows 10 LTSC up-to-date?
Answer:- Feature updates are offered in new LTSC releases every 2–3 years instead of every 6 months. Since Windows 10 is ending support on October 14th 2025, there will atleast one feature update in 2023 or 2024 so it will almost be up-to-date just like regular Windows.
3. When will Windows 10 LTSC be supported till and what are the differences between IoT and non-IoT?
LTSC comes in two versions IoT and non-IoT. Below are the differences written
|Jan 12, 2027||Jan 13, 2032|
|Generic key type||KMS||RTM|
|Generic key embedded in the ISO file||M7XTQ-FN8P6-TTKYV-9D4CC-J462D||QPM6N-7J2WJ-P88HH-P3YRH-YY74H|
|Activation method||KMS||Digital License (HWID)|
|Languages available for ISO files||All native languages available, such like ||Only|
4. Should I go for IoT or non-IoT?
The above differences are pretty useless since non-IoT can be converted to IoT with the help of MAS 1.5 which is used to activate windows. So you'll still get end of life support till 2032 and HWID activation.
4. Do I need microsoft store?
Installing store kinda destroys the point of LTSC I guess? But a lot of gaming laptops need software like Lenovo Vantage, Asus Armoury Crate require UWP. Plus, since NVIDIA has stopped supporting legacy non-uwp drivers which didn't need the microsoft store means no more updates forcing you to use UWP nvidia drivers sadly
To install store, open cmd as admin and type the following code
WSReset -i&&TimeOut 20&&WSReset -i&&exit
6.Downloading Windows 10 LTSC
If you download the iso from the official website of Microsoft, the iso will have a 90 day trial and later will make the pc unusable. Microsoft doesn't provide the iso's to the public without the 90 day trial. Below are direct download links of the latest iso without the 90 day trial.
To avoid confusion I'll only link the non-IoT iso below since it can be convered to IoT with MAS
sha256 of Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2021: c90a6df8997bf49e56b9673982f3e80745058723a707aef8f22998ae6479597d
MULTIPLE MIRRORS (WILL BE ADDING MORE FREQUENTLY!
Mirror 3 (Credits: Bob Pony)
Mirror 4 (Credits to Luzea)
Verify Iso with checksums: https://msdn.rg-adguard.net/
Credits for all the Iso's: https://forums.mydigitallife.net/members/luzea.1254778/
Credits for the checksums of all the iso's: https://forums.mydigitallife.net/members/enthousiast.104688/
7.Activating Windows 10 LTSC
Since buying a legit key of Windows 10 LTSC is really expensive, we'll be using a Windows 10 Activator to activate Windows 10 LTSC for free!
Download the activator from here, extract the file > All-In-One-Version > MAS_1.5_AIO_CRC32_21D20776.cmd
To activate Windows with the activator: