Windows 10 S is Released for Public Testing

Windows 10 S is the new edition of Windows 10 with the big difference from regular editions being that it does not have support for installing and running Win32 programs: you can only install apps that are available in the Windows Store. Microsoft has now made it possible for anyone to test the new edition of Windows 10.

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For that purpose, the company has released a special easy-to-use installer which supports downgrading of the installed Windows 10 Home/Pro/Enterprise edition to Windows 10 S on the same hardware!

Interested users can download the following installer:


Download Windows 10 S Installer

As announced earlier, Windows 10 S, Microsoft's response to Google's Chromebooks, will only run apps from the Windows Store. Microsoft says this change allows it to greatly improve and enhance the security of the OS. Win32 apps converted using Project Centennial (Desktop app converter tool) may run on Windows 10 S though. But it is not possible to download, install or run programs from outside of the Windows Store.

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Windows 10 S is designed specially for the education market. It is a lightweight version of Windows 10 which takes less than 5 seconds to start up from a hybrid shutdown state.

Keep the mentioned limitations in mind if you decide to try out Windows 10 S. The released installer is intended for testing only. Windows 10 S can have major compatibility issues which can ruin your production setup.

It is worth mentioning that a few days ago, Microsoft released official ISO images of the OS to MSDN subscribers. If you are one of them, check out this article: Windows 10 S ISOs are out for MSDN subscribers.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

2 thoughts on “Windows 10 S is Released for Public Testing”

  1. I doubt Microsoft is *capable* of removing win32-specific code from Windows. I predict they choose the *least* elegant solution to preventing users running normal programs.

    If 10 S really cannot run win32 programs, does that mean it’s much less susceptible to malware I wonder?

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