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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by computrius on Wed 7th Feb 2018 14:00 UTC
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Dont worry. It wont be long until you wont need to be able to enable Windows S. When it becomes the normal version and you have to pay an extra subscription to install software outside of the app store and access the command line, etc..

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RE: Time
by dionicio on Wed 7th Feb 2018 16:03 in reply to "Time"
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Well, It is a very good idea, actually -Computers falling back to the free version on caducating the high maintenance, loosely controlled, desktop version.

[Your "Pro" profile going into hibernation].

Still usable junk, give it to poor, or pay renewal -which should go logarithmically lower, as you become senior client, by the way.

A caducated machine have already paid original duty. Should allow UEFI install of Open Software, for poor, for students.

Edited 2018-02-07 16:13 UTC

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