By now, you’ve probably heard about the latest version of Windows: Windows 10 S. Microsoft launched this S mode with its surface laptop to make things easy for educational institutions and it is specially made for people in education.
Windows 10 S has a faster startup time, taking a mere 15 seconds to boot. It is also more secure and allows smooth operation with a long, extended life.
The good news is that users can now download from the Windows store and test Windows 10 S on your current devices that run Windows 10. There is no risk of viruses or the danger of malware because apps are downloaded from the safe Microsoft store.
So, if you are interested in downloading 10 S to your operating device, here is a guide to download and install Windows 10 S on your PC.
Things to Know before Installation
Installing Windows is fairly straightforward. However, before you begin the download, here are a few things you need to know.
It has similar functionality to Windows 10 but with some restrictions. Furthermore, Windows 10 S allows you to download programs and apps from the Microsoft store only.
The default Internet browser is the Microsoft Edge and the search engine is Bing.
The S mode installer is available for the following versions of Windows 10 for activation:
- Windows 10 Pro
- Windows 10 Education
- Windows 10 Pro Education
- Windows 10 Enterprise
The update does not support the Windows 10 N edition and Windows 10 Home. In fact, you may not be able to play games as Windows 10 S is designed for educational purposes that focus mainly on assignments, projects, and studying.
In addition, some custom drivers might not be compatible with Windows 10 S mode. Win32 will not work and you might lose data, personal settings, and previously installed software.
Prepare Your PC for Installation
- Before installation, make sure you update and install Windows 10 to latest version 1703. To check your current version of Windows 10, go to Settings→ System→ About
- Backup all your data and create a recovery file or drive in case you lose data as apps and settings will be deleted. All drivers should be running properly and installed on your device running the Windows 10 versions compatible with S version
- You should have an administrator account before installation: Local administrator, Azure Active Directory administrator or Microsoft Account administrator (MSA)
Windows 10 S Installation
There are three ways to install windows 10 S to your PC:
- Clean installation (ISO)
Conversion Method, Windows Installer 10 S
The current Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Education, and Enterprise will be converted to 10 S version.
Follow the simple steps below to install windows 10 S.
- For this, you have to have Windows 10 S Installer on your PC first. You can download the installer by clicking on the link ⦁ Windows 10 S installer
- Click on the button that shows “download installer” and Windows10SInstaller5932.exe file will be downloaded to your PC. You can find this file in the download folder. Click on it to begin the installation.
- A Windows Installer 10 S will pop up and click on the next button to proceed. Your system will then confirm if the hardware is compatible and checks the memory, CPU, and disk space requires for installation.
- It then notifies you that Windows 10 S can be installed and a next button will be displayed to proceed. The installation will now begin and you may minimize the windows option.
- Once the installation is complete, the program will ask you to restart your PC. Be patient as your PC might restart several times. The system boot up will begin the installation. Be very sure that your PC connects to the power outlet to avoid any battery issues that can interrupt the installation process.
- When the process is complete, you will see a setup page to configure your windows settings such as WiFi connection and adding accounts. Add your account and you are all set to use Windows 10 S.
Click Windows10SInstaller5932.exe → Next button → Restart after complete installation→ Setup page
Switching to the Previous Windows 10 Version
A good thing about this conversion method installation is that you can switch back to the previously running Windows 10 version on your device. Also, keep in mind that this is only applicable for the first 10 days after installation. This is only possible if you have all data after upgrade in folders: windows.old and $windows.~bt. You also need to remove added user accounts after upgrading.
To perform this rollback, follow the simple step by step procedure below:
Go to settings→ click on update & security → click recovery
If it’s more than 10 days or the two folders are deleted, then you can try this to roll back to your prior Windows 10 version.
Go to the settings → click update & security → click on recovery →PC setting option→ get started. You need to check for restore factory settings. If this does not work, it’s better to perform a clean installation of Windows 10 again on your PC.
Clean Installation of Windows 10 S
In addition, you can perform a clean installation of Windows 10 S, but for that, you need a Windows 10 S ISO image. You can’t get them or download them for free. To have access to 10 S ISO image files, you need to have a Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) account. Yearly subscriptions are $539 and monthly the cost is $45.
You can download the ISO files by clicking the link if you are a subscriber of MSDN account: Windows 10 S ISO files. After downloading the correct file, you have to generate a bootable USB to install windows 10 in S mode.
If you are looking for a trial version of Windows 10 S for free, Virtual Machine will help you. Download the Windows 10 Enterprise ISO for evaluation of three months.
There’s no need to activate the installations. Instead, in the virtual machine, download the Windows 10 and download the Windows 10 S installer tool mentioned above for a trial version.