Earlier this year, we exclusively revealed Microsoft’s plans to replace Windows 10 S with a new S Mode that’s available across all major SKUs of the OS. Following our leak, Microsoft officially confirmed the new S Mode, stating that all customers buying new Windows 10 PCs will be able to get it with S Mode enabled out of the box.
Unlike with Windows 10 S, however, Microsoft made it clear that the company will not charge customers to get out of S Mode and run the full-fledged version of the OS. Redmond previously charged users $50 to upgrade from Windows 10 S to the full version of the OS. But with the S Mode, that will no longer be a thing — and as it turns out, all of this will be possible through the Microsoft Store.
As we are nearing the release of the Windows 10 April 2018 Update (Redstone 4), Microsoft quietly pushed out a new “Switch out of S Mode” listing on the Store that will allow users to upgrade from S Mode to the full version of the OS at no charge. S Mode is expected to be available once Microsoft ships the April 2018 Update, so this certainly isn’t coincident.
Microsoft also confirmed that users will not be able to go back to S Mode once they upgrade to the full-version, stating that the “switch is one way” and users will not be able to “go back to S mode once you have made the switch.” This is particularly absurd on Microsoft’s side as more users running the S Mode is supposed to help its business, so it isn’t quite clear why the company isn’t providing a switch to go back to S Mode for those who may prefer the slimmed down version of the OS. Maybe there is a technical reason involved, but the lack of versatility here remains a mystery.