What is the difference between Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 S?
Answer: Windows 10 S was a slimmed-down version of Windows 10 that Microsoft released in 2017. The main difference between Windows 10 and Windows 10 S was that the "S" version could only install applications from the Microsoft Store (formerly the Windows Store). The goal of Windows 10 S was to provide a basic, extra-safe version of Microsoft Windows, similar to ChromeOS.
In 2018, Microsoft discontinued Windows 10 S and replaced it with Windows 10 in S mode, a specific mode within Windows 10. Windows-based PCs are no longer sold with Windows 10 S installed.
Advantages of Windows 10 in S mode include:
Disadvantages of Windows 10 in S mode include:
If your Windows PC is running Windows 10 in S Mode and you need to run additional software programs not available on the Microsoft Store, you can switch to the standard version of Windows 10 for free.
▶ Switching out of S Mode to the regular version of Windows 10 is a one-way trip. Once you switch to Windows 10 Home or Pro, you cannot switch back.
To switch from Windows 10 in S Mode to Windows 10 Home, follow these steps:
Entered: October 5, 2020 – by Per Christensson