In What is Windows 10 S? we outlined the differences that make Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 edition a separate operating system. One of the primary factors is the inability to run applications from sources other than the Windows Store. For many organizations, Windows Store versions of apps critical to computing aren’t available. To run non-Windows Store apps, the PC can be upgraded to Windows 10 Pro. For schools, the upgrade is free for now, for everyone else there’s a nominal fee. That fee right now is $50, and both the payment handling and the upgrade/installation is managed through the Windows Store.
Microsoft seems to indicate that the free upgrade for schools could change in the future and that the current $50 upgrade fee for everyone else could also change.
The switch to Windows 10 Pro is a one-way operation, meaning you will not be able to revert to Windows 10 S once you have made the change.
To initiate the upgrade from Windows 10 S to Windows 10 Pro:
- Select the Start button and then go to Settings > Update & security > Activation.
- Under Upgrade your edition of Windows, select Go to Store.
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