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    Install Windows 10 in S Mode on a Windows 10 PC

    Install Windows 10 in S Mode on a Windows 10 PC

    How to Install Windows 10 in S Mode on a Windows 10 PC
    Published by Category: Installation & Upgrade
    12 Jan 2020
    Designer Media Ltd


    How to Install Windows 10 in S Mode on a Windows 10 PC

    Windows 10 in S mode is a specific configuration of Windows 10 Pro that offers a familiar, productive Windows experience thatís streamlined for security and performance. By exclusively using apps in the Windows Store and ensuring that you browse safely with Microsoft Edge, Windows 10 in S mode keeps you running fast and secure day in and day out.

    For more information about Windows 10 in S mode, see:


    The Windows 10 in S mode Installer will allow you to test Windows 10 in S mode on a variety of individual Windows 10 devices (except Windows 10 Home) with a genuine, activated license.

    This tutorial will show you how to install Windows 10 in S Mode on any existing activated Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Pro Education, Windows 10 Education, or Windows 10 Enterprise edition PC.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to install Windows 10 in S mode.


    Before you install Windows 10 in S mode

    Before you install Windows 10 in S mode, be aware that non-Windows Store apps will not work, peripherals that require custom drivers may not work, and other errors may occur. In particular, this release of Windows 10 in S mode:

    * Is intended for education customers to test compatibility with existing hardware.
    * May not work with some device drivers, which may not yet be ready for Windows 10 in S mode and may cause some loss in functionality.
    * May not be compatible with all peripherals that require custom drivers and, even if compatible, may cause aspects of the peripheral to not function.
    * Has software and feature limitations compared to other Windows 10 editions, primarily that Windows 10 in S mode is limited to Store apps only.
    * You can install Windows 10 in S mode on devices running other editions of Windows 10. For more information, see Supported devices. However, it is not recommended to install Windows 10 in S mode on Windows 10 Home devices as you won't be able to activate it.
    * Will not run current Win32 software and might result in the loss of any data associated with that software, which might include software already purchased.
    * Only personal files may be kept during installation. Your settings and apps will be deleted.


    After installing Windows 10 in S mode, you will only have up to 10 days to be able to go back to the previous version of Windows 10 if wanted before the Windows.old folder (previous Windows) is automatically deleted.

    It is highly recommended to create a system image backup in case you would like to return to your previously installed version of Windows 10 after trying Windows 10 in S mode.

    * Create System Image in Windows 10 Windows 10 Backup Restore Tutorials
    * Backup and Restore with Macrium Reflect Windows 10 Backup Restore Tutorials



    EXAMPLE: Windows 10 in S Mode
    Install Windows 10 in S Mode on a Windows 10 PC-windows_10_s.jpg



    Here's How:

    1 Download the Windows 10 in S mode installer from Microsoft.
    2 Run the downloaded Windows10SInstaller5932.exe file.

    3 Click/tap on Yes when prompted by UAC. (see screenshot below)

    Install Windows 10 in S Mode on a Windows 10 PC-windows10sinstaller-1.png

    4 Click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

    Install Windows 10 in S Mode on a Windows 10 PC-windows10sinstaller-2.jpg

    5 If Windows 10 S can be installed, click/tap on Next or wait 10 seconds before it automatically continues. (see screenshot below)

    Install Windows 10 in S Mode on a Windows 10 PC-windows10sinstaller-3.jpg

    6 The Windows 10 S Installed will now download, verify, and start installing Windows 10 S. (see screenshots below)

    This may take a while to finish this stage.

    Install Windows 10 in S Mode on a Windows 10 PC-windows10sinstaller-4.jpg Install Windows 10 in S Mode on a Windows 10 PC-windows10sinstaller-5.jpg
    Install Windows 10 in S Mode on a Windows 10 PC-windows10sinstaller-6.jpg

    7 When ready, click/tap on Restart now to restart the computer and complete the installation. (see screenshot below)

    Install Windows 10 in S Mode on a Windows 10 PC-windows10sinstaller-7.jpg

    8 You PC will reboot soon. (see screenshots below)

    This may take a while to finish, and your PC will restart several times.

    Install Windows 10 in S Mode on a Windows 10 PC-windows10sinstaller-8.png
    Install Windows 10 in S Mode on a Windows 10 PC-windows10sinstaller-9.jpg

    9 When finished, click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

    Install Windows 10 in S Mode on a Windows 10 PC-windows10sinstaller-10.jpg

    10 Turn on or off the privacy settings you want, and click/tap on Accept when finished. (see screenshots below)
    Install Windows 10 in S Mode on a Windows 10 PC-windows10sinstaller-11.jpg

    11 Click/tap on Now now or Use Cortana for depending on if you want to use Cortana with your account in Windows 10. (see screenshot below)

    You will be able to turn Cortana on or off at anytime in Windows 10.


    Install Windows 10 in S Mode on a Windows 10 PC-windows10sinstaller-12.jpg

    12 Click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

    You will always be able to choose your default apps in Windows at anytime.


    Install Windows 10 in S Mode on a Windows 10 PC-windows10sinstaller-13.jpg

    13 You can now sign in to Windows 10 in S mode. (see screenshots below)

    Install Windows 10 in S Mode on a Windows 10 PC-windows10sinstaller-14.jpg

    14 When each user signs in for the first time, they will see the first sign-in animation below before reaching their desktop.

    Install Windows 10 in S Mode on a Windows 10 PC-windows10sinstaller-15.jpg

    15 Click/tap on Yes or No for what you want to turn on network discovery. (see screenshot below)

    You will be able to turn network discovery on or off at anytime in Windows 10.


    Install Windows 10 in S Mode on a Windows 10 PC-windows10sinstaller-16.jpg


    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. alphanumeric's Avatar
    Posts : 13,497
    Windows 10 IoT
       #1

    After the ten days, although you can't go back to the previous OS (build), you can enter a Windows 10 Pro key to upgrade to Pro. Just do a change product code and enter a Pro key. If that PC has a DL for 10 Pro, just enter the generic 10 Pro key. VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T
    If you were running 10 Home you may have to restore a backup or reinstall Windows. I don't know if it will accept a Windows 10 Home key in 10S via change product code. I had the chance but never thought to try it.
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  2. slicendice's Avatar
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       #2

    Thank you for this great tutorial.
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  3. Fafhrd's Avatar
    Posts : 1,979
    Windows 10 x86 14383 Insider Pro and Core 10240
       #3

    alphanumeric said:
    After the ten days, although you can't go back to the previous OS (build), you can enter a Windows 10 Pro key to upgrade to Pro. Just do a change product code and enter a Pro key. If that PC has a DL for 10 Pro, just enter the generic 10 Pro key. VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T
    If you were running 10 Home you may have to restore a backup or reinstall Windows. I don't know if it will accept a Windows 10 Home key in 10S via change product code. I had the chance but never thought to try it.
    Since as Shawn states:

    This tutorial will show you how to install Windows 10 S on any existing activated Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Pro Education, Windows 10 Education, or Windows 10 Enterprise edition PC.
    If the PC has any of the above licenses, would it be logical to assume that the generic key for your machine's licensed product would allow an upgrade of the Windows 10 S to that product, without undergoing a rollback to your original installation?
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  4. alphanumeric's Avatar
    Posts : 13,497
    Windows 10 IoT
       #4

    Fafhrd said:
    Since as Shawn states:



    If the PC has any of the above licenses, would it be logical to assume that the generic key for your machine's licensed product would allow an upgrade of the Windows 10 S to that product, without undergoing a rollback to your original installation?
    I did a clean install, was prompted for a key, clicked I don't have one, and it activated with a Digital Licence. The PC in question had Digital Licences for Home, Pro, Education, and Enterprise. I have no idea which DL it used. General consensus is it was the Pro DL. This PC does not have an OEM Embedded key. I have access to an actual ISO via MSDN, so I can do a clean install. I don't think that is possible with the link in this tutorial. You have to upgrade if you can actually call it that, from a currently installed and activated Windows 10 (anything but 10 Home).

    My reference to rollback was more along the lines of what you can do after the 10 days expire and the Windows.old gets deleted. When I was done playing around with 10-S, I just entered the generic Pro key and switched to Pro. No having to start all over with a clean install or restoring an image. Entering an Education key will likely work too. Best guess is that a Home key won't work though. 10-S is a custom version of 10 Pro
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  5. Sumit Dhiman's Avatar
    Posts : 341
    Windows 10
       #5

    Shawn,

    I must say you have written great(some bizarre) tutorials like this one!
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  6. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19631
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       #6

    Sumit Dhiman said:
    Shawn,

    I must say you have written great(some bizarre) tutorials like this one!
    Thank you. I do like bizarre.
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