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Surface Go: How to turn Windows 10 S into Windows 10 Home or Pro

I recently purchased a Surface Go device to check it out and write a full review later. I wouldn’t have done it if the device had come with a locked Windows 10 S operating system and no upgrade option.

Because? Because Windows 10 S limits you to what is installed by default, the Microsoft Store and web applications. All legacy Win32 programs don’t run on Windows 10 S. While some users don’t mind, if you only use Office and the Internet you may not care that you can’t install Win32 apps, I do and this affects my purchasing decision.

Microsoft’s Surface Go is a 10″ 2-in-1 tablet that comes pre-installed with Windows 10 S. I purchased the 128 Gigabyte SSD version with 8 Gigabytes of RAM, an additional Surface Go Type cover, and a USB-C to USB 3 adapter. x and 2.x.

Anyway, the first thing I did after completing the initial setup was figure out how to turn the Surface Go into a full Windows operating system.

Note : Although you can convert an edition from S mode to Home or Pro, you can’t go back to S mode once you’ve made the switch, unless you wipe the device and start from scratch.

Windows 10 S to Windows 10 Home/Pro

The first thing you need to do is check the operating system version. One option to do this is to use the built-in tool hook.

Open the Start menu, type winver, and select the result ( Tip : see a list of Windows tools like winver here). Windows displays the version below the copyright line in the program window that opens.

The system in the screenshot above has returned Windows 10 Home in S mode .

Microsoft’s operating system did not show tips or suggestions for converting the S version to a full version.

Here’s how to do it in detail:

The process is simple once you know what to do. No reboot is required and the entire operation takes less than ten minutes to complete.

Step 1: Open Activation in the Settings app

Open the Settings app with the Windows-I shortcut. If you prefer to use the menu, select Start > Settings instead.

Select Windows Update > Activation to display the activation status of the operating system. It should highlight the version of Windows at the top (again Windows 10 Home in S mode in the case of the device I used), and the Activation status (usually activated with a digital license).

Below are the options to switch to full versions of Windows. The version offered depends on the current edition of Windows.

If you have Windows 10 Home in S mode, you can upgrade to Windows 10 Home for free. Similarly, if you have Windows 10 Pro in S mode, you can upgrade to Windows 10 Pro for free. You can upgrade the Home editions to Pro. Microsoft asked 99 euros for the upgrade.

Select “go to the Microsoft Store” from the “Switch to” link on the page.

Step 2: Deactivate S mode

The second and final step of the conversion is done in the Microsoft Store app. The Store app displays the “Switch out of S mode” page that provides information and a button to start the conversion.

The only difference between S mode and Full mode that is highlighted on the page is the ability to install “any application” in full mode.

Select the “get” button at the top to start the process; This takes just a moment and turns the “get” button into an “install” button.


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