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  1. Joined : Oct 2013
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       10 Jul 2015 #1

    Windows 10 has a secret retail demo mode with a new app and video loop


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    If you are running the Insider Preview of Windows 10, there is a hidden mode in the OS that you have likely not explored. Microsoft has included a 'retail demo' experience that will be used to show off the OS in the retail environment.

    Before you go down the path of trying to enable this feature, there are two things you need to know. First, if you do enable the feature, it will erase all of the personal content on your machine. Second, if you want to uninstall the retail demo experience, you will need a password to remove the content that I cannot provide because if it becomes public, would cause a bit of havoc for retailers....


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  2. Joined : Oct 2013
    Canada
    Posts : 800
    Windows 10 Home/10 Pro x 3/Windows 10 Insider Preview ?
       10 Jul 2015 #2

    The only reference I've seen to Retail Demo is in Disk Cleanup and I just left it there when performing a Disk Cleanup in the hopes of finding it's hidden treasure another day.

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  3. Joined : Dec 2013
    Portsmouth Hampshire
    Posts : 1,197
    Windows 10 x86 14383 Insider Pro and Core 10240
       13 Jul 2015 #3

    Demos can be found under optional features:

    Optional Features - Manage in Windows 10


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  4.    13 Jul 2015 #4

    Fafhrd said: View Post
    Demos can be found under optional features:
    Correct. Not such a secret. But, have you tried it from that source? I have never bothered, but wonder if, when run from there, if it still erases all the private data. Can't really fathom that, as it is just a desktop demo.
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  5. Joined : Dec 2013
    Portsmouth Hampshire
    Posts : 1,197
    Windows 10 x86 14383 Insider Pro and Core 10240
       13 Jul 2015 #5

    I'll leave the running of it to folk with VMs.

    I'm just experimenting with the Insider upgrade path, which so far is very satisfactory in migration of apps etc. PIN sign in hasn't worked since 10130 though, and have reverted to autologon.
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  6. Joined : Apr 2014
    Posts : 599
    Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview (14971)
       17 Jul 2015 #6

    Fafhrd said: View Post
    I'll leave the running of it to folk with VMs.

    I'm just experimenting with the Insider upgrade path, which so far is very satisfactory in migration of apps etc. PIN sign in hasn't worked since 10130 though, and have reverted to autologon.
    PIN sign in still working fine for me in 10240.
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  7. Joined : Oct 2013
    A Finnish ex-pat in Germany
    Posts : 9,592
    Windows 10 Pro
       17 Jul 2015 #7

    PIN works fine on all clean installs. Those upgrading from build 10130 or earlier to a build 10158 or later need to use the Settings > Accounts > Sign-in Options > Change PIN to get it working after the upgrade. Notice that nothing prevents you using your old PIN as a new PIN, if the old not working PIN is not working after the upgrade.
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  8. Joined : Dec 2013
    Portsmouth Hampshire
    Posts : 1,197
    Windows 10 x86 14383 Insider Pro and Core 10240
       17 Jul 2015 #8

    Settings > Accounts > Sign-in Options > Change PIN just gives the wonderfully informative "Something went wrong" error.
    Perhaps it is now because I enabled autologon, which I am not going to change back.

    Installed 10166 clean, then U/G to 10240 (neither activated) preserved the PIN sign in OK, but there's still the username issue - the first five characters of my Microsoft account email are used as my username, which is just stupid.

    The demo mode signs in with the locked down user of Owen May, and allows some things like web browsing, but try to do anything system-wise, and the RetailAdmin account needs a password. Has a flashy rolling screensaver.
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  9. Joined : Oct 2013
    A Finnish ex-pat in Germany
    Posts : 9,592
    Windows 10 Pro
       17 Jul 2015 #9

    Fafhrd said: View Post
    Settings > Accounts > Sign-in Options > Change PIN just gives the wonderfully informative "Something went wrong" error.
    Perhaps it is now because I enabled autologon, which I am not going to change back.

    Installed 10166 clean, then U/G to 10240 (neither activated) preserved the PIN sign in OK, but there's still the username issue - the first five characters of my Microsoft account email are used as my username, which is just stupid.
    An easy workaround, one I always use, is to create a local account when installing with your preferred user profile name, then first boot to desktop directly switch the local account to MS account. This way you have the profile name you want to.
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  10.    17 Jul 2015 #10

    Hi there

    Build 10240 works fine (if you can actually get it activated), apart from the inevitable problems with Windows Networking -- Windows Networking has been a problem ever since Early Windows 3.11 for workgroups many years ago when Windows first started being used for Office Lans.

    Seems to run slicker and apart from the Networking issues I don't have any complaints with it so far.

    Note though if you logon with a LOCAL account and enable a volume as SHARED it remains SHARED (or accessible) from an Ms account even tough in this case the volume is marked as NOT SHARED !!!!. There's other Network glitches too between Ms and Local accounts --this does need to get FIXED before RTM.

    (Running PRO x-64 10240 builds).

    Cheers
    jimbo
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