Some Users Are Stuck in Windows 10 S Mode

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaks about Windows 10 in Redmond

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaks about Windows 10 in Redmond

There are a few devices on the market that now ship out of the box in Windows 10 S Mode instead of a standard version of Windows 10.

As Windows Latest reports, Windows 10 ships in S mode on a number of devices such as Microsoft's own Surface Go, the Samsung Galaxy Book2, HP Stream 11 G4, or the Acer Aspire One.

Actually, Windows 10 S users switch out of the S mode to install programs which are not permitted with Windows 10 S. But this option was reportedly broken and the "Switch Out of S Mode" screen was not loading. The Insiders, as they're called, just received a fresh new build and it reveals a new feature Microsoft is now working on. Naturally, users have started worrying that Microsoft is silently making S Mode a permanent thing, which is fortunately not the case. Instead, it shows a blank store screen.

"After that, technical assistance and software updates from Windows Update that help protect your PC will no longer be available for the product". Microsoft is aware that some users are unable to upgrade to Pro Edition or switch out of S mode as a result of this blank page. A true fresh install, on anything other than a Surface-branded device, still requires the user to download a disc image - known as an ISO, for the ISO 9660 standard format for optical disc media - from Microsoft's website to create a USB boot drive. In the meantime, Microsoft can celebrate Windows 10's ascension to accounting for half of the PC market, according to the latest data from NetApplications.

Microsoft says it has already released a fix for the Microsoft Store app, so users who update to this latest version should be able to upgrade to full Windows normally. We have completed our investigation and have published an updated version of the Microsoft Store app which includes a fix for this issue. There is no current estimate on when this condition will be resolved.

Unlike Apple's macOS, which only releases a major update each year, Microsoft likes to keep Windows fanboys in the loop.

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