1. ttsoldier's Avatar
    Lets say you get your surface laptop and upgrade to pro, but then you want to go back to s for whatever reason... how do you do that?

    Is there a 10s ISO somewhere?
    05-21-2017 07:39 AM
  2. Timbre70's Avatar
    Buy another laptop ๐Ÿ’ป with W10S ๐Ÿ˜„
    Don't think you can.
    05-21-2017 07:50 AM
  3. k1s23's Avatar
    hey there, i was just thinking this. assuming the one application i need for work starts being offered in the windows store, i wouldnt need the pro version and could switch to windows 10 s.
    05-21-2017 08:08 AM
  4. Timbre70's Avatar
    You can continue to use Pro, but just stick strictly to apps from the Windows Store.๐Ÿ˜Š takes a bit of self discipline though.
    05-21-2017 10:40 AM
  5. MARTY1774's Avatar
    No once you update to pro your product key will be locked to pro
    05-21-2017 11:21 AM
  6. saintrobyn's Avatar
    Not being flippant, but I am curious... what are some reasons to go back to Windows 10S after upgrading to Pro?
    05-21-2017 11:37 AM
  7. Jeffery Holderness's Avatar
    Interesting question. There have been a few times that I go back to trying my surface RT for like half a second and then I quickly realize that I don't like it but that's because the hardware is outdated not the OS.
    ttsoldier likes this.
    05-21-2017 01:04 PM
  8. Ezhik's Avatar
    I imagine that using the recovery USB would reinstall 10S and not 10 Pro.
    xandros9 likes this.
    05-21-2017 05:52 PM
  9. ttsoldier's Avatar
    Not being flippant, but I am curious... what are some reasons to go back to Windows 10S after upgrading to Pro?
    Maybe it's been two years and I am upgrading to the next best thing... Thus, I am passing my surface laptop to my younger sister who is still in high school. I wouldn't want her to risk getting infected and her use would be store apps and the browser.

    Windows 10 s would be perfect for her.
    xandros9 likes this.
    05-21-2017 05:55 PM
  10. ttsoldier's Avatar
    I imagine that using the recovery USB would reinstall 10S and not 10 Pro.
    I'm actually hoping that Microsoft releases Windows 10 S as a free software that you can download and install on any device.

    This will be great and also achieve more performance out of older devices we have at home.
    xandros9 likes this.
    05-21-2017 05:56 PM
  11. k1s23's Avatar
    I'm actually hoping that Microsoft releases Windows 10 S as a free software that you can download and install on any device.

    This will be great and also achieve more performance out of older devices we have at home.
    hey there. this would be really nice! i agree with this strategy, but am curious if it will happen when windows 10 s comes out.
    ttsoldier likes this.
    05-22-2017 10:37 AM
  12. ajcletus500's Avatar
    I'm actually hoping that Microsoft releases Windows 10 S as a free software that you can download and install on any device.

    This will be great and also achieve more performance out of older devices we have at home.
    it would be nice to get to try it for sure
    ttsoldier likes this.
    05-22-2017 11:02 AM
  13. raqball's Avatar
    I am interested in the ability to do the same..

    Mainly because I want to grab the Pro license while it's free and then roll back to 10S.. This would give the the 10 Pro license down the road if I later decide full functionality is needed...
    Photonsym likes this.
    05-23-2017 09:46 AM
  14. kaktus1389's Avatar
    They didn't say anything about that @ their event, perhaps we will find out more in the future. I wouldn't mind that feature too.

    Checked out insider builds ISOs a few days ago and there were no "S" files, maybe those are coming in future or aren't coming at all.
    05-23-2017 12:00 PM
  15. Photonsym's Avatar
    Possibly a factory reset option will send you back to S idk just guessing here
    05-23-2017 12:02 PM
  16. kaktus1389's Avatar
    Possibly a factory reset option will send you back to S idk just guessing here
    Now I don't know exactly how that would work but when I enrolled on insider and then made a factory reset on the PC system was still on the same insider build. To my knowledge that doesn't degrade the OS itself, it only clears all (or most) of the data you have.
    05-23-2017 03:23 PM
  17. ttsoldier's Avatar
    Now I don't know exactly how that would work but when I enrolled on insider and then made a factory reset on the PC system was still on the same insider build. To my knowledge that doesn't degrade the OS itself, it only clears all (or most) of the data you have.
    The recovery drive will probably take it back to Windows 10 s though.
    05-23-2017 10:13 PM
  18. chinkwanhow's Avatar
    According to the source, once upgraded can't go back. Unless you reformat the OS.
    05-23-2017 11:50 PM
  19. k1s23's Avatar
    According to the source, once upgraded can't go back. Unless you reformat the OS.
    chinkwanhow what source mentioned this? if truly so then thats too bad, although it makes sense not to downgrade something.
    05-24-2017 01:27 AM
  20. Drael646464's Avatar
    I wonder what would happen if you backed up your machine, in its factory state, using a usb boot of macrium reflect, and then rolled the machine back.
    05-24-2017 06:01 AM
  21. Rodgers Momanyi's Avatar
    Yah....down the line windows 10 s isos will start to thrikle in to insider rings and made available through media creation tool
    05-24-2017 08:04 AM
  22. Ayrton01CZ's Avatar
    It would depend on what's going to happen with your product key when you upgrade to Pro. But hopefully Microsoft will give us a choice. I mean I have big hopes for Win 10 S but it might take a few months before it's a fully functional system, it's all down to apps.
    05-24-2017 01:48 PM
  23. RomansTen13's Avatar
    ://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4020089/windows-10-s-faq
    Says here that the switch is one way.
    k1s23 likes this.
    05-24-2017 02:39 PM
  24. k1s23's Avatar
    ://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4020089/windows-10-s-faq
    Says here that the switch is one way.
    hey thanks for posting this faq. it makes sense that a downgrade is not allowed, but its kind of a bummer! i would want a more secure os in my computer when the app quality/quantity increases.
    05-24-2017 05:58 PM
  25. raqball's Avatar
    Just to update this thread in case some stumbles across it in the future.

    You can indeed go back to 10S after doing the Pro upgrade. I tested this a few days ago and it works flawlessly..

    My machine came with 10S but I wanted to get the Pro upgrade license in case I want to use it in the future. I took advantage of the free Pro upgrade and it took about 2 minutes and a reboot.

    To roll back to 10S from 10 Pro:

    1. Go here --> http://forums.windowscentral.com/e?l...token=pe4hcl8M
    2. Download 10S and follow the instructions to make a USB recovery stick
    3. Boot to USB (press F6 / Volume Up) at boot to access the BIOS OR reboot to USB from inside of Windows settings
    4. Restore 10S from the previously created 10S USB restore stick you created

    The restore went fairly quick and took about 15 minutes total to be back on 10S. After downgrading I went back into the store to see if the upgrade to 10 Pro was still showing up for me as either free, or better yet listed as install.. The 10 Pro upgrade app in the store was now listed as install which means the license was saved to my account and I can now go back to Pro at any time I choose in the future for free..
    07-11-2017 07:27 AM

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