Microsoft has done weird things with Windows over the years. Windows running in S mode is one of those things.
Increasingly, we find laptops that have Windows 10 in S mode, but there is no explanation about S mode. There is also nothing in the laptop ads that lets us know that we can remove Windows from S mode and have a version normal Windows 10.
What is Windows 10 in S mode?
As its name suggests, it is a mode of Windows 10 instead of being your own operating system (OS).
It’s not yet public what S means, but depending on your marketing, it could be for safety, speed, small or even schools. Maybe all of them. Windows operating system names have been cryptic.
Security in Windows 10 S mode.
Windows 10 S mode is marketed as more secure than full Windows 10. It only allows it install Microsoft verified applications from the Microsoft Store. This does limit the number of applications available, but it should not limit us to what we can do.
As of the end of September 2019, there were over 669,000 apps in the Microsoft Store. We should be able to find what we need. All of our daily apps, such as Spotify, Slack, and NetFlix Microsoft Office Suite they are there.
S mode also uses the Microsoft Edge browser as the default web browser and cannot be changed. Microsoft clings to the NSS Labs 2017 web browser security report stating that Edge is more secure than Chrome or Firefox. This report is 3 years old, so it can be debated.
Working in PowerShell, CMD, and modify the Windows registry is also removed from Windows 10 in S mode for added security. Basically, if it’s an administrator-level tool, it’s not in S mode, which makes it much harder to hack.
Speed in Windows 10 S mode.
Microsoft also says that Windows 10 S mode has a higher speed. Well, at least in the beginning. It is a reasonable statement that if you do not have to load the full Windows 10, it will start faster than the full Windows 10.
The Edge web browser is the default browser for S mode and Microsoft claims that it is faster than Chrome or Firefox for browsing. Again, this is debatable, as there are too many factors involved in web browsing to make a definitive and objective statement like this.
Windows 10 S size and mode.
In a large size game, Windows running in S mode has an installed size of about 5 GB on the hard drive. A full installation of Windows 10 can range from about 20 GB to 40 GB, depending on the edition and features chosen. S mode saves us at least 15GB of space on the drive.
As we will see below, S mode is likely to work well with the absolute minimum requirements of the Windows 10 system.
Windows 10 Mode S for schools
The education market is a key to OS mastery. Whatever operating system young people use for the first time is probably the operating system they will prefer later in life. All OS schools use to teach job skills is probably the operating system employers will use to make young employees productive and faster. This is an important part of how Microsoft became what it is today.
Google knows this and it’s been small, fast, Affordable Chromebooks in Schools en masse. S mode is the opposite of Microsoft.
The speed, security, and uniform size of Windows 10 S Mode adapt to the school market. In addition, S mode includes specific support for education with administrator tools such as Set up school computers application There is also the Microsoft Educator Center, where teachers can learn more about Microsoft products and how best to use them in the classroom.
The lighter operating system should also use less power longer battery. The idea was that a student could use it all day without recharging it.
Why sell more laptops like Windows in S mode?
We suspect that a laptop with low-end hardware can be sold if Windows is installed in S mode. That’s not bad! If people need a Windows computer but can’t afford a full-featured laptop, this will help reduce the entry barrier. Makes a Windows device work against Chrome devices.
Full Windows 10 and Windows running in S mode have the same minimum system requirements to install.
- The device requires at least a 1 GHz processor (GHz) or a system on a chip (SoC).
- There must be a minimum of 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of hard disk space.
- Must have a DirectX 9 or later compatible graphics card and a screen resolution of at least 800 × 600 pixels.
- The only additional requirement that Windows 10 S Mode requires is that the device be able to connect to the Internet during the initial setup.
We know that if we had a laptop with these minimum specifications and tried to use Windows 10 Home, Pro or Enterprise, we would pull our hair out very quickly. It would be virtually useless. Therefore, we get equipment with much larger specifications at a much higher cost.
Windows 10 in S mode is likely to work well with these minimum specifications. A device built to or close to these minimum specifications will be much more affordable than full-featured laptops that cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
How to switch from S mode to full Windows mode
Now that we know what Windows 10 S Mode is, we need not fear that we will not get the full Windows experience. If we want to use the full version of our Windows operating system, we can remove it from S mode and enter more at any time we want. There is also no additional cost. Make sure your device can handle it.
The most important warning is that once we switch to full Windows mode, we can’t easily go back to S mode.. If we created restore media with the device when we got it, we can restore the computer to S mode.
There have been talks on the Internet about Microsoft that eventually included a way to easily switch back and forth, but there is still no official announcement about that.
- Press the button Windows i X keys at the same time. In the menu that opens, click Configuration.
- A la Configuration window, click Update and security.
- A la Update window, click Activation on the left.
- Look for the section Switch to Windows 10 Home or Switch to Windows 10 Pro, click Go to the store.
- He Microsoft Store will open at Exits S mode. page. Click the button Achieve button. After a few seconds, a confirmation message will appear indicating that the process is complete. Your computer will now use Windows 10 Home or full Windows 10 Pro. Programs other than Windows Store applications may also be installed.
Can we go back to Windows in S mode?
No, in case it wasn’t lost before, you can’t go back to Windows 10 in S mode. At best, your computer could be completely reset if we have the restore media from when it was in Windows S mode.