Windows 10 Pro/Enterprise in S mode

S mode is an enhanced security mode of Windows 10. Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise in S mode powers affordable, cloud-ready devices that are simple, secure, and efficient. Users can get started quickly, thanks to self-service deployment and a familiar Windows experience. Low-price S mode devices offer tailored solutions for kiosks, digital signs, and task work. If your device is running Windows 10, version 1709, or Windows 10, version 1803, you can switch from Windows 10 in S mode to Windows 10 Pro.

Benefits of Windows 10 Pro in S mode:

  • Microsoft-verified security - It reduces risk of malware and exploitations because only Microsoft-verified apps can be installed including Windows Defender Antivirus.
  • Performance that lasts - Provides all-day battery life to keep workers on task and not tripping over cords. Also, verified apps won’t degrade device performance over time.
  • Streamlined for speed - Offers faster log-in times with Windows Hello. Plus, workers get all the exclusive Windows innovations including Cortana and Windows Ink.
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Start Menu/Hello/Cortana/
Windows Ink/Microsoft Edge
Store apps (including Windows
desktop bridge apps)
Windows Update X X X X
Device Encryption X X X X
BitLocker X X X
Windows Update for Business X X X
Microsoft Store for Education X X X
Mobile Device Management
and Azure AD join
Group Policy management and
Active Directory Domain Services
Desktop (Windows 32) Apps X X X
Change App Defaults
Credential Guard X
Device Guard X

Keep Line of Business apps functioning with Desktop Bridge

Worried about your LOB apps not working in S mode? Using Desktop Bridge will enable you to convert your Line of Business apps to a packaged app with UWP manifest. After testing and validating you can distribute the app through the Windows Store or existing channels.

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While it’s free to switch to Windows 10 Pro, it’s not reversible. The only way to rollback this kind of switch is through a bare metal recover (BMR) reset. This restores a Windows device to the factory state, even if the user needs to replace the hard drive or completely wipe the drive clean. If a device is switched out of S mode via the Microsoft Store, it will remain out of S mode even after the device is reset.

Windows 10 in S mode is safe, secure, and fast.

We recommend staying in S mode. However, in some limited scenarios, you might need to switch to Windows 10 Pro. You can switch devices running Windows 10, version 1709 or later. Use the following information to switch to Windows 10 Pro through the Microsoft Store.

How to switch

If you’re running Windows 10, version 1709 or version 1803, you can switch to Windows 10 Pro through the Microsoft Store. Devices running version 1803 will only be able to switch through the Store one device at a time.

  1. Sign into the Microsoft Store using your Microsoft account.
  2. Search for "S mode"
  3. In the offer, click Buy, Get, OR Learn more. You'll be prompted to save your files before the switch starts. Follow the prompts to switch to Windows 10 Pro.

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