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:
- Faster startup time
- Extra security (better protection from malware)
- Requires less RAM and CPU
- Better battery life
Disadvantages of Windows 10 in S mode include:
- Software can only be installed from the Microsoft Store
- Requires Microsoft Edge for web browsing
- Does not include advanced Windows utilities
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:
- Open Settings
- Click Update & Security
- Select Activation from the left sidebar
- Locate the Switch to Windows 10 Home section within Activation
- Click Go to the Store
- The Switch out of S mode page should load in the Microsoft Store
- Click Get to install and switch to Windows 10 Home