How to get, download & install Windows 10 S on any PC

News about Windows 10 S has already been around for a while now. And you can expect Surface Laptops with Windows 10 S installed with them anytime soon in the market. Windows 10 S is the latest operating system designed with a focus on security and performance of Windows Store Apps. You cannot run non-store applications and other programs. Enthusiasts all around are very excited about the release of this OS and Microsoft recently made it available for all the devices.

How to get Windows 10 S

install Windows 10 S on any PC

There are a few things you might need to know before installing the new OS. First of all, you can download and install it on your current installation of Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Education, and Windows 10 Enterprise editions. Windows 10 Home is not yet supported, and you cannot install Windows 10 S on top of it.

Secondly, you will not be able to run any other third party non-store applications and custom drivers on the new operating system.

You may also lose some functionality.

We also recommend that you back up your apps and other files as only some of the personal files will be kept during the installation. The rest of the files and apps will be deleted.

So please use Windows 10 S for educational and testing purposes only.

Now before you proceed, make sure that you have the Windows 10 Creators Update v1703 on your device. Once you are ready to install Windows 10 S, you can download the installer from Microsoft.

Install Windows 10 S on your PC

install windows 10 s

The installer itself is explanatory, and you just need to follow the steps displayed along. The installer will automatically check your computer and download the required files from the internet. Once installed, you can completely use and take benefits of the features of the all new Windows 10 S.

To start using the Office applications, you need to use the Setup School PCs app to install Office 365. But you need a valid license to use Office applications.

How to switch back

Switching back to your original OS is also very simple. The steps are easy to follow, and you can switch back to your Windows 10 Pro or Education in no time. You can use the Windows Recovery option from Settings to go back to Pro or Enterprise editions. Remember that this option will only be available for 10 days after you’ve installed Windows 10 S. After that you may need to use other options to get back to your original Windows 10 Pro or Education edition. Also, it is recommended to make a full system recovery drive in case anything goes wrong and you don’t want your computer to be affected.

You should know that this is not a full-fledged release and you may face some issues with it. So, it is advised to use this only for testing purpose. You can try it out to check the current compatibility with your device’s hardware. And do not forget to keep a recovery method handy if anything goes wrong.

Download Windows 10 S installer setup

You can download Windows 10 S here from Microsoft. You may go here to read the complete guide about Windows 10 S installation.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. John J1101

    Can I put it on a USB Thumb drive?

  2. liam “mini pecka” Campling



    Anyone know when Windows 10s will be available as a free download for Windows 10 Home users ?

    Thanks in advance for any help.

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