Join Martin Guidry for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding Windows 10 features requiring specialized hardware, part of Windows 10 Administration.
- In this section, we're going to talk about Windows 10 features that require specialized hardware. First we'll look at Windows Hello, which requires either one of two pieces of hardware. Your first choice is a fingerprint reader. Obviously, if you'd like to use your fingerprint for authentication, you will need a Finger print reader. Your other choice is to use facial recognition for authentication.
This will require an Illuminated Infrared Camera. These camera's have sensors that allow them to determine the depth of what they're looking at, and this is an effort to prevent someone from fraudulently authenticating using a photograph of you. A photograph of you would just be be flat, whereas your actual face has some depth to it. Microsoft makes use of the Illuminated Infrared Camera to determine that depth and determine that the camera is actually looking at a face and not just a photograph.
To use some of the Secure boot features we talked about earlier, you'll need hardware that is compatible with UEFI version 2.3.1. U-E-F-I stands for Unified Extensible Firmware Interface. And this is an industry standard on how an operating system communicates with Firmware. To use the BitLocker Drive encryption we need to store the encryption key somewhere other than on the Drive.
We have two options on that. The first is to use hardware that supports the Trusted Platform Module. This hardware provides a specialized chip for storing the encryption keys. Your other option is to simply put the encryption keys on a USB flash drive. To get the most out of the speech recognition features of Windows 10, Microsoft recommends using hardware that supports Microphone Array Geometry.
This takes input from multiple microphones and tries to distinguish between your voice versus reverberations or background noise. This is recommended, but not required. We can use speech recognition with almost any microphone. However, we will get better results if we use hardware that supports Microphone Array Geometry. And finally, Client Hyper-V. So, if we would like to install the Hyper-V hypervisor software onto Windows 10, we will need a processor that supports Second Level Address Translation.
This is a fairly common feature on the most current generation of processors. Most but not all of Intel's i3, i5 and i7 CPU's do support second level address translation as well as the third generation of AMD Opteron Processors.
Martin first reviews the various editions of both the desktop and mobile versions of Windows 10. This section covers the special features included with the Enterprise edition, and the hardware requirements for some of the new Windows 10 features. Martin also explains installing and updating drivers and configuring and optimizing the OS, including system properties and power options. Then it's a deep dive into Group Policy, including working with local groups, configuring preferences, and troubleshooting Group Policy. Martin also looks at Windows security—authentication and encryption—as well as the boot process, and concludes the course with a brief look at virtualization, networking, and backup and recovery.
- Understanding the different versions of Windows 10
- Installing and updating drivers
- Administering multitasking
- Working with Windows Group Policy
- Adding domain users and accounts to a Windows 10 PC
- Administering BitLocker and EFS
- Understanding the boot process
- Installing Client Hyper-V for Windows virtualization
- Managing Windows Firewall
- Backing up and restoring Windows 10
- Troubleshooting Windows 10