Upgrade Windows 10 editions or switch out of S mode on devices using Microsoft Intune

As part of your mobile device management (MDM) solution, you may want to upgrade your Windows 10 devices. For example, you want to upgrade your Windows 10 Professional devices to Windows 10 Enterprise. Or, you want the device to switch out of S mode.

Windows 10 S mode (opens another Microsoft web site) is designed for security and performance. You can use Intune to switch out of S mode. Switching out of S mode is one way. And once you switch out of S mode, you can't go back to Windows 10 S mode.

See some commonly-asked questions about S mode.

This feature applies to:

  • Windows 10 and later
  • Windows 10 1809 or later for S mode
  • Windows Holographic for Business

These features are available in Intune, and are configurable by the administrator. Intune uses "configuration profiles" to create and customize these settings for your organization's needs. After you add these features in a profile, you can then push or deploy the profile to Windows 10 devices in your organization. When you deploy the profile, Intune automatically upgrades the devices or switches out of S mode.

This article lists the supported upgrade paths, and shows you how to create the device configuration profile. You can also see all the available upgrade and S mode settings for Windows 10.

Note

If you remove the policy assignment later, the version of Windows on the device isn't reverted. The device continues to run normally.

Prerequisites

Before you upgrade devices, be sure you have the following prerequisites:

  • A valid product key to install the updated Windows version on all devices that you target with the policy (for Windows 10 Desktop editions). You can use either Multiple Activation Keys (MAK) or Key Management Server (KMS) keys.
  • For Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10 Holographic editions, you can use a Microsoft license file. The license file includes the licensing information to install the updated edition on all devices that you target with the policy.
  • The Windows 10 devices you assign the policy are enrolled in Microsoft Intune. You can't use the edition upgrade policy with PCs that run the Intune PC client software.

Supported upgrade paths

The following table lists the supported upgrade paths for the Windows 10 edition upgrade profile.

Upgrade from Upgrade to
Windows 10 Pro Windows 10 Education
Windows 10 Enterprise
Windows 10 Pro Education
Windows 10 Pro N edition Windows 10 Education N edition
Windows 10 Enterprise N edition
Windows 10 Pro Education N edition
Windows 10 Pro Education Windows 10 Education
Windows 10 Pro Education N edition Windows 10 Education N edition
Windows 10 Cloud Windows 10 Education
Windows 10 Enterprise
Windows 10 Pro
Windows 10 Pro Education
Windows 10 Cloud N edition Windows 10 Education N edition
Windows 10 Enterprise N edition
Windows 10 Pro N edition
Windows 10 Pro Education N edition
Windows 10 Enterprise Windows 10 Education
Windows 10 Enterprise N edition Windows 10 Education N edition
Windows 10 Core Windows 10 Education
Windows 10 Enterprise
Windows 10 Pro Education
Windows 10 Core N edition Windows 10 Education N edition
Windows 10 Enterprise N edition
Windows 10 Pro Education N edition
Windows 10 Holographic Windows 10 Holographic for Business
Windows 10 Mobile Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise

Create the profile

  1. Sign in to Intune.

  2. Select Device configuration > Profiles > Create Profile.

  3. Enter the following properties:

    • Name: Enter a descriptive name for the new profile. For example, enter something like Windows 10 edition upgrade profile or Windows 10 switch off S mode.

    • Description: Enter a description for the profile. This setting is optional, but recommended.

    • Platform: Select the platform:

      • Windows 10 and later
    • Profile type: Select Edition upgrade.

    • Settings: Enter the settings you want to configure. For a list of all settings, and what they do, see:

  4. Select OK > Create to save your changes.

The profile is created and shown in the list. Be sure to assign the profile and monitor its status.

Next steps

After the profile is created, it's ready to be assigned. Next, assign the profile and monitor its status.

View the upgrade and S mode settings for Windows 10 and Windows Holographic for Business devices.