What is Windows 10 in S mode?
Let understand what is Windows 10 in S mode- Windows 10 S is a streamlined version of Windows 10 introduced by Microsoft for students. It is designed for low-cost computers and to compete with Chromebooks. Microsoft says Windows 10 S is streamlined for Simplicity, security, and speed.
Best Features for Windows 10 S
Windows 10 S: Made especially for Education
Good news for all the students and teachers- Windows 10 S is the best Windows in the classroom, this window allows only Microsoft verified apps from Microsoft Store, it ensures safe browsing with Microsoft edge and keeps your device fast and secure. Every day at school your device will be productive, efficient and secure.
Windows 10 S will boot in few seconds, with limited apps and lightweight OS this OS will run efficiently on the computer with lesser hardware configuration, people with low budgets can easily afford these low-cost computers with the maximum performance so bye-bye to slow performance.
Windows 10 S is considered to be a very secure OS as apps are selected and verified from the Microsoft store. The default browser will always be Microsoft Edge which is secure than Google Chrome and Firefox. As users are only allowed to use apps from Microsoft Store so there is no fear of Viruses and malware getting into your device.
Microsoft assures that it will provide better battery life, with limited apps and features and fewer background services it is quite obvious to deliver long battery life to your device. Chrome OS delivers long-lasting battery life and I hope Windows 10 S will definitely do the same.
Windows 10 S operates efficiently on the system with less hardware configuration. We have seen systems with 32 GB eMMC hard drive and 64 GB hard drive which comes under $200. So people can easily afford Windows 10 S which is known for security and best performance.
Windows 10 S FAQ
How to get Windows 10 S?
Windows 10 S is pre-installed with the new device while buying new device make sure you select Windows 10 S as OS.
How to switch out of Windows 10 S?
Yes, we can switch out from Windows 10 S mode to Windows 10 from Microsoft Store. Switching into Windows 10 Home is free but If you want to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro then you have to pay for it. In order to switch out of S mode, you have to go to Microsoft store and search for “switch out of S mode” and switch into Windows 10 easily without any cost. This is a one-way switch, you cannot come back to Windows 10 S. In order to come back to Windows 10 S you have to reinstall the OS provided by your device manufacturer, in Dell system you have to download the Windows 10 S media from Dell support website and burn it to USB flash drive and reinstall Windows 10 S , by doing that you will wipe out your personal data.
What all Apps are available to download in Windows 10 S?
Apps that are available in Microsoft Store can be downloaded and installed. Microsoft Store Icon is pinned to the taskbar or you can find it in the Start menu.
Can I use the App which I bought on another Windows 10 system?
Apps which you bought from Microsoft Store on another PC can be downloaded and installed on Windows 10 S PC, you have to login to Microsoft Store using the same Microsoft account. Any third-party software cannot be used on Windows 10 S PC.
Can I change the default web browser in Windows 10 S PC?
No, Microsoft Edge is the default web browser in Windows 10 S, you can download and install another browser from Microsoft Store if available but you cannot make them a default browser. The default search engine is Bing in Microsoft Edge. If you want to download and use another browser that is not available in Microsoft Store then you can switch out of S mode and make your default browser search engine as per your choice.
Is Antivirus necessary for Windows 10 S?
Windows 10 S has inbuilt security provided by Microsoft known as Windows Defender. That should be enough to protect your device.
If you want to install Antivirus of your choice then you have to be sure if that product is compatible with Windows 10 S.
You are allowed to use apps that are only available in the Microsoft store. You cannot download and install any third-party software which is not from Microsoft store.
Default Web Browser
Microsoft Edge is the default browser, you cannot change it to Chrome or Firefox, you can download other browsers only from Microsoft Store if available but you cannot make it a default web browser. Bing is the default search engine. In order to download another browser not available in Microsoft Store, you have to switch out of S mode.
Switching out of Windows 10 S mode is only one-way Switch.
In order to switch out of S mode, you have to go to Microsoft store and search for “switch out of S mode” and switch into Windows 10 easily without any cost. On your Windows 10 S PC, open Settings > Update & Security > Activation. Look for Switch to Windows 10 Home section, then choose the Go to the Store link.
On the Microsoft Store page, you would see an option Switch out of S mode or a similar page, select the Get option.
This is a one-way switch, you cannot come back to Windows 10 S. In order to come back to Windows 10 S you have to reinstall the OS provided by your device manufacturer, in Dell system you have to download the Windows 10 S media from Dell support website and burn it to USB flash drive and reinstall Windows 10 S, by doing that you will wipe out your personal data.
Many Components are blocked in Windows 10 S
Command Prompt, PowerShell and many similar components are blocked in Windows 10 S mode, below is the list of components blocked in Windows 10 S
Windows 10 in S mode accessory compatibility issue
The user may face an issue with many peripherals like printers and scanners and other peripherals. Please visit the below link to go through the compatibility list provided by different accessory manufacturers.
As mentioned earlier Windows 10 S is intended for students which keeps your device fast and secure. Even with a few limitations, it’s a perfect OS for your kids. I hope this post will help you to decide which OS you want to go for as per your usage. If you like this post please share it to help others.