Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 7th Feb 2018 01:02 UTC

Windows 10 S, the Microsoft Store-only version of Windows, is going away, but not really.

Currently, Windows 10 S is a unique edition of Windows 10. It's based on Windows 10 Pro; Windows 10 Pro has various facilities that enable system administrators to restrict which software can be run, and Windows 10 S is essentially a preconfigured version of those facilities. In addition to locking out arbitrary downloaded programs, it also prevents the use of certain built-in Windows features such as the command-line, PowerShell, and Windows Subsystem for Linux.

For those who can't abide by the constraints that S imposes, you can upgrade 10 S to the full 10 Pro. This upgrade is a one-shot deal: there's no way of re-enabling the S limitations after upgrading to Pro. It's also a paid upgrade: while Microsoft offered it as a free upgrade for a limited time for its Surface Laptop, the regular price is $49.

Nothing much actually seems to be changing; it just turns Windows 10 S from a version into a mode. Pretty much a distinction without a difference. My biggest issue here is that you can't go from regular Windows 10 back to Windows 10 S if you ever had a reason to do so (e.g. if Windows were ever to be usable with just Metro apps in the future and you want the additional security Windows 10 S provides). Seems like an odd restriction.

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Still 'Lipstick on a Pig'
by shotsman on Wed 7th Feb 2018 06:54 UTC
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and the pig is still there.

I can't help but think that MS is playing the part of Nero while Rome (i.e. the PC Marketplace) burns around him.

Proudly windows free for 18months!

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RE: Still 'Lipstick on a Pig'
by The123king on Wed 7th Feb 2018 11:13 in reply to "Still 'Lipstick on a Pig'"
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Proudly windows free for 18months!

Come back in a few years and we may be marginally impressed

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"Proudly windows free for 18months!

Come back in a few years and we may be marginally impressed
I won't be impressed at all. Not counting booting newly bought laptops into Windows shortly before replacing Windows with Linux, I think I have been Windows free for >2 years now. And the sole reason it is not much longer is due to the fact that I used to use Windows at my work.

Linux works fine for me. Downgrading and upgrading is completely free for me and there are no forced policy restrictions. It is nice to actually own my own computer.

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shotsman Member since:

I've been a fan of Linux since I got Slackware 1.1 on Floppy Disc free with a computer mag a long time ago. I've also been a Unix user since around 1986.
I'm Windows free because I'm exactly that. I've ditched Windows for good and TBH, good riddance to it although writing software for it provided a pretty decent living for me for the last 20 years.
Windows 10 was the final straw that broke the camels back for me. I'll never go back to it.

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