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  1. thatcoolyo's Avatar
    Just curious - has anyone tried putting Windows S (S mode) on a Surface 3?
    If so, has it help with performance and speed on the device?

    I have a Surface 3 but on Windows 10 Home and in order to put it in S mode, I need Pro edition to switch (which is $130 for upgrade).

    If someone has tried and it does help, maybe I can consider the upgrade.

    Thanks!
    07-10-2018 01:51 PM
  2. Timbre70's Avatar
    Sell it and get the new Surface Go.
    07-10-2018 06:50 PM
  3. fatclue_98's Avatar
    I had a Surface 3 LTE and let me tell you, do as @Timbre70 suggests and get a new device. I went for the Acer Spin 1 from the Microsoft Store. It's $250 and runs beautifully in S-Mode. Very good battery life (10X better than the Surface 3), upgrading to 10 Pro is free and it comes with a stylus.
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    07-11-2018 06:57 PM
  4. xandros9's Avatar
    Windows S won’t be tangibly faster. Just a bit more foolproof, as in, there will be less access allowed, so less to go wrong.
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    07-11-2018 07:01 PM
  5. fatclue_98's Avatar
    Windows S won’t be tangibly faster. Just a bit more foolproof, as in, there will be less access allowed, so less to go wrong.
    It's noticeably faster and battery life is a lot better than x86 or x64. I ad 10 Pro when I first got the Spin and it was ok. The first update that it gave me the choice to go with S-Mode so I gave it a shot. I have no intention to go back to Pro anytime soon. Yes, if you must install .exe progs then I don't recommend it. Like, at all. Edge has come a ways and you won't miss Firefox one bit.
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    07-11-2018 07:38 PM
  6. xandros9's Avatar
    It's noticeably faster and battery life is a lot better than x86 or x64. I ad 10 Pro when I first got the Spin and it was ok. The first update that it gave me the choice to go with S-Mode so I gave it a shot. I have no intention to go back to Pro anytime soon. Yes, if you must install .exe progs then I don't recommend it. Like, at all. Edge has come a ways and you won't miss Firefox one bit.
    That blows me away, looks like I have some homework to do!
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    07-11-2018 09:05 PM
  7. fatclue_98's Avatar
    That blows me away, looks like I have some homework to do!
    My biggest irritant with Intel-based Windows laptops, tablets, whatever, is the hibernate after sleep if it's been a while. For $250 it's more than worth it to try S-Mode before committing to a Snapdragon-equipped and its "instant on" goodness.
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    07-11-2018 09:16 PM
  8. ven07's Avatar
    Acer Spin 1
    Thanks xd
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    07-12-2018 10:56 AM
  9. Richard Wansch's Avatar
    See here: https://forums.windowscentral.com/wi...tallation.html

    I tried it with my Surface 3 and it works fine.
    Last edited by Richard Wansch; 01-21-2019 at 11:55 PM.
    01-21-2019 01:00 AM
  10. Drael646464's Avatar
    That blows me away, looks like I have some homework to do!
    It makes some sense. Everything from the store is containerized, so less background services, and OS intergration.

    Additionally, win s itself runs a few less windows services. You get this sort of 'services' build up in windows, where eventually every app is running some useless thing in the background, and windows includes a lot of services for security and networking than regular home users don't need.

    Basically, it should be more trim in the background department. Something one could achieve oneself with some management and trimming.
    06-05-2019 06:08 AM

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