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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RE[5]: Mission creep is afoot
by avgalen on Wed 7th Feb 2018 16:22 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Mission creep is afoot"
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Domain, Hyper-V, Web server, RDS — these are all server roles. So you're saying, that in non-server versions of Windows, the only "optional packages" needed are a web browser and a PDF reader? Mkay... Since when is a web browser "optional" on an average computer? Also, why do you need PDF reader these days? I do all my PDF reading on a browser anyway — Chrome is just as good of a PDF reader as Adobe Acrobat Reader for most regular PDFs.

Joining a domain is an extra feature that is not in Home but is available in Pro and Enterprise.
Hyper-V and IIS are also available in Pro and higher and are very useful for developers. They are certainly not only server roles.
RDS...also available in Windows 10 Enterprise so you can "SSH in" to your workstation.
And XPS/PDF are not reader functions but are writer functions so you can "print to PDF"
It seems you don't know much about the optional features that are available in non-server versions of Windows.
Also, they were not an exclusive list, just some examples

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