Citing the initial success of the streamlined and secure Windows 10 S, Microsoft recently said they would rebrand of the OS to “Windows 10 in S mode.” The company explained new PCs would ship with the locked down OS and also an option to switch to regular Windows 10 Home or Pro for free. Well, noted by Richard Hay on Twitter, Windows Insiders with Windows 10 S devices are now getting the first look at the “Switch out of S mode” option in the Microsoft Store.
Here is the "Switch out of S Mode" page in the Microsoft Store on Build 17134. Shows the free switching option that was previously announced. pic.twitter.com/SPT8MS52wB
— Richard Hay (@WinObs) April 23, 2018
The page shows up in the latest Windows Insider build, which just so happens to be the RTM for the Redstone 4 featured update. It also explains the benefits of switching out of S mode, which is mainly getting the flexibility of installing more apps that are not verified by Microsoft. Importantly, the page also points out that the switch is one-way, and you won’t be able to go back to S mode once updated to Pro or Home unless using a restore from a recovery drive.
This is not anything new, and it is exactly as it is right now, since one can already switch out of Windows 10 S from Windows 10 Pro. The only thing new here it the naming which is now “S-mode” instead of Windows 10 S. Anyway, it’s still nice to see that Microsoft isn’t forcing Windows 10 in S Mode into users, though there still might be some security concerns with the OS for the company to deal with.