Windows InTune continues to evolve as Microsoft’s leading cloud-based solution for managing and securing your PC infrastructure. In today’s small and medium sized business environment, InTune offers compelling features in its latest release, such as integration with Iron Cove Solutions supports our clients with InTune, to help our clients keep their PCs up to date, standardized, and secure from malware. Microsoft offers an easy 30 –day trial so that you can evaluate InTune.
One thing to keep in mind when you are installing InTune, is the operating system requirements. Often business owners buy PCs with Windows installed, and sometimes this means that your new PCs have Windows Home Premium installed. In order to install InTune, the PC must have (for Windows 7 or Vista) Professional, Ultimate, or Enterprise versions. If the PC has Windows XP, the version must be Professional with Service Pack 3.
If you install Windows InTune on a Home Premium machine, you will see this error message in the Windows InTune Administration Console:
The highlighted error reads “One or more of your client computers are running an edition of Windows that is not supported by Windows InTune. Home or personal editions are not supported.”
Now, what do you do with your unsupported version of Windows? Of course, one of the major advantages of InTune is that the purchased service comes with Windows 7 Enterprise licenses, but if you want to run the trial on a machine on a machine that has a Home or Personal version of Windows, you must upgrade the OS to a business version of Windows. (Professional, Ultimate, or Enterprise). One solution is to install the 90-day trial of Windows Enterprise, but this will necessitate a “Clean Install.” We recognize that there are a number of issues with this approach; you will have to install a new copy of Windows, so you should back up your data and user profile before using this approach. Now let us show you how to tell what your version of Windows might be:
An easy way to tell which version of Windows you are running is to go to the Start menu, , in the lower left hand corner of your screen by default, and type ‘winver’ in the Search box, and then press Enter. (On Windows XP, click Start, click Run, type ‘winver’ and then press Enter. Microsoft documents this at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/help/which-version-of-the-windows-operating-system-am-i-running .
This is winver appearing on a Windows 7 machine:
Of course, you can also use the method of right-clicking on “Computer” (in Windows 7) or “My Computer” (in Windows XP) and choosing “Properties”. This method also allows you to find out whether you are running a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows. Microsoft documents this at link! . Windows InTune runs on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. You can find out more about the requirements for Windows InTune at the Microsoft Windows InTune “Frequently asked questions” list at here!
As long as you follow Microsoft’s guidelines, installing Windows InTune is smooth, and enables easy management of your computers, no matter where they are—all you have to do is install the InTune client, and soon your PCs will be reporting to the InTune service portal for your company, where you apply security updates, and see what state your PCs are in.