Go 2 Windows 10S activation and potentiial replacement with W 10


  1. Posts : 47
    W10 pro 1909
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    Go 2 Windows 10S activation and potentiial replacement with W 10


    I hope I'm posting this in the right place.

    I just bought a new Surface Go 2. First question, I don't want to have to sign in to a Microsoft account every time I use the computer. How do I do this? I will use it mainly as a tablet for reading magazine subscriptions that I am converting from paper.

    My prior experience is with W10 Pro. I had my desktop upgraded from W7 by a shop, and it just shows a screen with my name and I press enter to use it. I got a used/wiped Dell laptop and loaded W10 from its saved information and was able to set it up to login with a PIN. I would be o.k. with either of these, just not the whole sign in kit and caboodle.

    Second question, at some point I may want to convert it to Windows 10 Home (so I can use Firefox, notepad ++, etc.). Are there things I should do differently during my initial activation if I might go that route in the future?

    Thank you so much.
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    Posts : 18,617
    10 Home x64 (20H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
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    Judy in Texas said:
    ....at some point I may want to convert it to Windows 10 Home (so I can use Firefox, notepad ++, etc.). Are there things I should do differently during my initial activation if I might go that route in the future?

    No, nothing special required. You should be able to switch out of S Mode at any time. Note that it's a one-way switch, you cannot go back to S Mode.

    Microsoft said:
    2. Surface Go 2 for consumers comes with Windows 10 Home in S mode to bring you the powerful Windows features you use most at exceptional value.... Windows 10 Home in S mode works exclusively with apps from the Microsoft Store within Windows and accessories that are compatible with Windows 10 Home in S mode. A one-way switch out of S mode is available. Learn more at Windows.com/SmodeFAQ
    https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/p/su...t:techspecstab

    Microsoft said:
    How do I switch out of S mode?


    1. On your PC running Windows 10 in S mode, open Settings > Update & Security > Activation.
    2. Find the Switch to Windows 10 Home or Switch to Windows 10 Pro section, then select the Go to the Store link.
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...b-93baebeebc85


    Switch from Windows 10 in S mode to Windows 10 Pro
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  3. Posts : 47
    W10 pro 1909
    Thread Starter
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    Thank you, Bree.

    I'd still appreciate comments on question one, and whether I should establish the login differently if I may later want to switch from 10S to 10 Home.
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  4. Bree's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 (20H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
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    Judy in Texas said:
    I'd still appreciate comments on question one, and whether I should establish the login differently if I may later want to switch from 10S to 10 Home.
    I don't have an S Mode machine to test, others who have may wish to add their comments.

    I can't see any problem, whichever type of account you use initially. Win 10 Home can use either a Microsoft account or a Local account as your sign in, and you are free to switch back and forth.

    Switch to Local Account in Windows 10
    Switch to Microsoft Account in Windows 10

    Not having Home S Mode, I don't know if on initial set up you'll have the option to set it up with a local account. I do know that for Windows 10 Home you need to disconnect from the internet before starting it up for the first time, otherwise the only option offered will be to set up with a Microsoft account.

    If you are installing the Window 10 Home edition of version 20H2 and want to use a local account instead of a Microsoft account, then you will need to temporarily disconnect your computer from the Internet until installation has finished.

    If you do not disconnect from the Internet before starting Windows Setup, you will only have the option to set up Windows 10 with a Microsoft account available.
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  5. Posts : 47
    W10 pro 1909
    Thread Starter
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    Thank you Bree


    Thanks again Bree. Probably the best option for me is to just change on initialization to the regular Home mode. I'll go ahead and mark this "Solved."
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