What is Windows 10 S?
Microsoft created this version of Windows 10 in the idea of giving users a plus of security and stability on computers and laptops. The target of this project was the students, though, though Windows 10 S is a variant derived from Windows 10 Pro, this is very restrictive. In Windows 10 S you can not install third-party applications or software, than those delivered viaWindows Store.
For example, as the default browser for accessing websites, Windows 10 S is setMicrosoft Edge. You will not be able to install it Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera or any other browser on this version of Windows. Even the default Bing search engine can not be changed in Microsoft Edge. If you want to search for something on Google, you first have to go to google.com and then do the searches you want. Directly from the browser search bar, it will be delivered to you from the Bing search engine.
Therefore, all kinds of applications can only be installed if they are present in Microsoft Store and are checked.
Windows Defender Antivirus is included in Windows 10 S, but there are few chances of being able to be hacked into a closed system that can not do much. Than simple browsing and Office.
In the following table / screen shot we have the list of features and differences between Windows 10 S, Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Home.
As I was saying, big differences between Windows 10 S and Windows 10 Pro are not. At least theoretically. We technically have to do with one difference. One and good. Unable to install third-party applications on this version of Windows. Another inconvenience is the inability to run programs Win32, even if they are present in the Store.
The problem with Microsoft is that this system is safe and stable, but the needs of Windows 10 S users far outweigh the resources they offer in the Microsoft Store. Microsoft's Online Application Store. Something similar to the App Store for Mac.
In this regard, the US company decided to allow Windows 10 S devices to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro free of charge. Especially since they started their schools, the academic year is close to the beginning, and the students need more applications than they can offer at the moment Microsoft Store.
Upgrading from Windows 10 S to Windows 10 Pro can be done for free. Initially, the US company announced that this upgrade will be available for free by the end of 2017, but in a recent release, this period has been extended to 31 March 2018.
How to upgrade from Windows 10 S to Windows 10 Pro
Upgrading can be done from Microsoft Store, carefully following the steps required for this operation. There's no need for an IT expert to upgrade the Windows 10 S to Windows 10 Pro as a book.