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ycom › windowshome-pro-s. Windows 10 in S mode isn’t another version of Windows Instead, it’s a special mode that substantially limits Windows 10 in a variety of ways.


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Along with the Surface Laptop , Microsoft this week debuted Windows 10 S , a new edition of Windows 10 that’s locked to the Windows Store for all your apps and games. Most reviewers decided to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro almost immediately, as I’m sure many consumers will do too.

Unfortunately, because of this, many reviewers noted that they didn’t see any performance differences between Windows 10 S and Windows 10 Pro, even though Microsoft said Windows 10 S has better performance. That’s because Windows 10 S doesn’t have better performance, at least not when compared to an identical, clean install of Windows 10 Pro. Keep in mind; Windows 10 S is just another edition of Windows Microsoft’s case for calling Windows 10 S faster isn’t to do with raw optimizations to the OS; it’s to do with how the user is able to use the OS over time.

I think a lot of people have missed that point. With Windows 10 S, the user is locked to the Windows Store. That means if the user wants to download any particular app or game, it must come from the Windows Store otherwise it simply won’t install.

This, in theory, is more secure, and over time keeps your machine running smoothly, as chances of installing malware or rogue programs are zero to none. What’s more, Windows Store apps don’t add themselves to your startup folder when you install them, which also means that over time your login time won’t slow down as you install more apps on your PC.

This is explained on Microsoft’s Windows 10 S website. The idea is Windows 10 S won’t slow down after months of use. You could make the argument that a Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro machine does, in fact, slow down over time, due to installing and uninstalling lots of apps and games.

Some of those programs may add themselves to your startup folder, slowing down login times. You may also find that some programs change up the registry quite a bit, which can also slow down your PC over time too.

A lot of “tech experts” will recommend a clean install every now and then to keep everything running smoothly, but normal people don’t have such a luxury, likely because they don’t know how to clean install Windows to begin with. Windows 10 S essentially solves this issue. With Windows 10 S, you shouldn’t need to clean install Windows every so often as so many tech experts recommend should be done.

That’s what Microsoft means by better performance over time. It’s a version of Windows that continues to run just like new, forever. Of course, if you’re sensible on a Windows 10 Pro install, you too can likely get the same performance mileage as if you were on a Windows 10 S install, but most normal people don’t care what they’re installing on their devices, as long as the thing they’re installing gives them what they want.

On a Windows 10 Pro machine, your average Joe is far more likely to install something that also installs additional toolbars, search engine optimizers, trialware and more. That “Express Install” button we all know and love can, more often than not, include additional things that the user might not even be aware is installing in addition to the program they’ve downloaded. This is one of the biggest reasons why a Windows machine slows down over time.

On Windows 10 S, this isn’t possible. It remains fast and smooth, no matter what you install, as it all comes from the Windows Store. Windows actually has a reputation for slowing down over time. It was, for a while, one of the main reasons why people started switching to Mac. In reality, it isn’t “Windows” that slows down over time; it’s the programs you install on Windows that slows it down over time.

The more rubbish you install, the slower your Windows machine will be. If you’re smart about the apps you install, Windows doesn’t slow down over time. Of course, the average Joe doesn’t see it like that. If there’s a problem with their device, it’s Windows’ fault. To them, it’s simply Windows that eventually gets slower over time. For the more techy users who are aware of the things they’re installing and uninstalling, the performance gains Microsoft is touting with Windows 10 S might not be a thing to you because you’re probably already pretty sensible with how you treat your Windows 10 Home or Pro machine.

But most people don’t even know that a “startup” folder exists, let alone the fact that programs can slow down your machine over time. So that’s what Microsoft means when it says Windows 10 S has better performance over time. It has better performance because the user can’t just install randomapp. Windows 10 S should stay running fast and smooth for as long as it is in use because apps won’t slow down boot times, and malware is far less likely to find its way installed on your system.

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Windows Central Windows Central. Zac Bowden opens in new tab opens in new tab opens in new tab. Topics Windows 10 S. Microsoft Surface Laptop. See all comments I like this idea of preventing the bloatware from slowing down machines.

I hope S gets more popularity so that more apps will come in for those who want to use the platform after the free upgrade is over : Also, this is a very nice article :. The idea is good. It, however, depends on how advanced users like us tell other users. Since the Pro will be for us and S will be for them. Well I’m ab IT director and computer science grad and I for one hope S catches on with developers and becomes main steam. S would be very hard for developers to use unless you do everything on a remote machine.

Its not targeted at developers. Last I checked, programmers and developers are the same; they write programs using code and code languages so the target is developers x86, win32, etc. I think you guys are confusing each other with what you mean by ‘developers’. Developers won’t use Windows 10 S, but developers whill hopefully develop more UWP apps that can run on it or put more Win32 apps in the Windows Store.

Well, this would be a good idea if the Windows Store wasn’t a convoluted mess. Completely disagree. I’m an advanced user and I’d instantly switch to W10S if all the software I required was available in the store. It just isn’t. I’d love it if it was easier to keep W10 cleaner than it is now. If MS was honest they would have said “performance doesn’t degrade over time” like our other editions of W10 potentially do.

Of course I understand why that is a pretty bad marketing message, but I prefer honesty over MS’ deceptive marketing and wish WCentral did too.

Nah, I prefer to have more control over my computer, bit by bit Ms is taking more and more control off us even on windows 10 pro, so no way would i use windows 10s. Most of the software in thew store is total rubbish, i had a look at it now I have to use Windows 10 and I thought there was some junk in the Android store, windows store is worse. Anyway, windows 10s will be for laptop type machines and tablets, not full blown desktoip machines like mine,.

As an advanced user you already know this: if you desire any or even all of the Windows 10 S features real Windows 10 has them all. Do a Fresh Start and only allow Windows Store installs.

There you go. Now you’ve got Windows 10 S, and, if you need to you can simply install whatever apps you want. Eliminate the ability to install most software to keep a computer running faster. This likely will be a difficult thing to sell to most people. But I would be happy to put it on my 75 year old mother’s computer and my teenage kids computers so I don’t need to “fix” their computers.

This sounds like something that people will impose on others but not themselves. Haha, nice points. EDU hashtag was there for a reason. Yep, I can attest to the Grandmother. Every time I go over there “do you know what this program is”, “why is your virus scan disabled”, or “how did this even get on here? When your new friends learn about your IT prowess, their eyes will glow and soon you will be invited to check their PC that have 20 tray icons.

Exactly what I’m planning to do! I winder why are you connecting these. The average person doesn’t use much software. Mostly just web browsing. So, if they can stay off of bad sites and only i stall apps that are guarantee safe, yea its great.

Paul Kinslow: “sounds like something that people will impose on others”. But, there’s no point since real Windows 10 can already do all of that without any of the drawbacks of Windows 10 S. Windows 10 S is a solution looking for a user problem that does not exist. Yes, Microsoft has problems, but, those aren’t up to users to fix. Users don’t use Edge because it’s an incomplete browser built around an inferior rendering engine.

Developers don’t develop for Windows Store because users don’t like the lock-in and the subscription model, and, there’s the self-fulfilling reality that no one develops for the store because no one develops for the store. Real Windows 10 is now pretty much as secure as Windows 10 S could be anyway, without users being forced to get all their software through the Microsoft gouge of the Windows Store.

And, for edu, there’s absolutely no reason the management software Microsoft is rolling out for Wndows 10 S can’t also be applied to real Windows.

All in all Windows 10 S is looking like a flop. It’s solving Microsoft problems without offering users anything in return. In fact, for users things go from bad to worse when you dig deeper.