Low-cost 2-in-1 models like the Microsoft Surface Go don’t come with Windows Home or Pro by default. They only come with Windows in S mode.
Windows S Mode is primarily a security feature. It blocks the user from being able to install anything on the device other than what’s in the Windows Store. In this version, you can also only use Edge as a browser and Bing as a search. It prevents you from installing things like Chrome, classroom apps, Zoho Assist, and more.
So, if you want to disable Windows S Mode on your device, here’s what you can do. Let’s go step by step.
How to turn off Windows S Mode
Before you start the process of switching from Windows S Mode, you should know that although the process is free, it’s also irreversible. Once you migrate your system from Windows S, you can’t go back to it.
Well, if you want to disable Windows S Mode on your computer, you have to follow these steps:
- First of all, click on the “Start” button to open the main menu.
- Then, select “Settings” from the list.
- In the “Settings” window, navigate to the “Update & Security” menu.
- After that, find the “Activation” tab on the left menu and click on it.
- Next, you will see “Switch to Windows Home” or “Switch to Windows Pro”. In the “Switch to …” section, click on the “Go to Store” link. If you see the “Go to Store” link below the Upgrade Windows version menu, don’t click that link.
- After clicking on the “Go to Store” link, you will be sent to the “Switch from S Mode” page. Find the “Get” button, click on it and follow the instructions to confirm.
Now, you are officially no longer in S Mode and can now install apps from other Microsoft Store stores.
Who is Windows in S-mode suitable for
Windows S because of its limited functionality will only justify itself if you only do an Internet search or perform office tasks. In addition, you should only use a limited version of Windows on weaker devices that have problems with normal Windows.
In all other cases, the standard version of Windows with a suitable antivirus scanner is a better choice.
What are the features of Windows S
Nevertheless, Windows 10 S has features. Here are some of them:
- Software support:
- While any number of third-party apps can be installed on Windows, Windows S only allows you to download and use apps from the Windows Store. It isn’t possible to install third-party programs that you might otherwise download from the Internet.
- Limited app support may seem strange, but it has a significant advantage. Windows has long been the system most susceptible to attacks from viruses and Trojans. Such malware spreads in particular through software installed from untrusted sources.
- The fact that Windows S Mode can only install pre-tested apps from the official store, the system can be considered more secure. According to Microsoft, Windows S is particularly suitable for schools and universities, which are often subject to certain security restrictions and regulations.
- Another advantage of the Windows S Mode version is considered to be its performance. Especially with weak hardware, Windows in S Mode is much faster than in the “normal” unreduced version. Boot times are also noticeably shorter.
- One consequence of the lack of support for third-party apps is the inability to personalize. In particular, the standard browser and standard search engine in Windows S cannot be changed. So you have to make do with Microsoft Edge and Bing.
- The lack of support for external tools still makes it impossible in some cases to use printers, hard drives and other peripherals. And this is quite understandable because most of the hardware requires the installation of their own drivers, which isn’t possible in this case.
- Although Windows S provides suitable drivers for almost every device, they often allow you to use only standard features. Today, there are already many manufacturers of suitable apps in the Windows Store, which provide “extra delivery” of most of the missing functionality.
Well, disabling Windows S Mode is pretty easy. That’s all you have to know about this feature.