Windows 10 in S mode FAQ

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About Windows 10 in S mode

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What is Windows 10 in S mode?

Windows 10 in S mode is a specific mode of Windows 10 that offers a familiar, productive Windows experience that’s streamlined for security and performance. By exclusively using apps from the Microsoft Store and browsing safely with Microsoft Edge, Windows 10 in S mode keeps you running fast and more secure day in and day out.

For more info, see the Windows 10 in S mode page.

Windows 10 in S mode on a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor

What are some of the benefits of a Windows 10 PC running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor?

PCs with a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor have key benefits to help you keep working wherever you are:

  • Always connected to the Internet. These PCs fall into the category of Always Connected PCs because they let you get a cellular data connection, so you can be online wherever you can get a cellular signal—just like with your mobile phone. When you’re at work, home, or by another Wi-Fi network you trust, you can connect to Wi-Fi to save cellular data and keep working.
  • Beyond all-day battery life. A PC running on a Snapdragon processor uses less power than other PCs, so you can go through a typical work or school day without running out of battery and worrying about finding an outlet to plug into. If you want to use the PC for something more fun, you can enjoy up to 20 or more hours of local video playback between battery charges.
  • Turns on instantly. When you’re not using your PC, just press the power button like you do on your mobile phone to turn off the screen. When you take out your PC and turn it back on, it turns on instantly. Whenever you have a few minutes in between classes, meetings, and other things in your life, you can use that time to get things done without waiting for your PC to start up.

Windows 10 in S mode on an Intel or AMD processor

Which apps and hardware work with Windows 10 in S mode?

Windows 10 in S mode works exclusively with compatible apps from the Microsoft Store. The vast majority of apps available in the Microsoft Store work on devices in S mode the same way they work when they’re switched out of the mode. Note that some developer tools won't be supported on Windows 10 in S mode, and a small number of apps with known compatibility issues will have notice of the issue included in the app’s product detail page in the Microsoft Store.

Many hardware accessories and peripherals (such as printers) that work with Windows 10 today will work with Windows 10 in S mode, but might have limited functionality. See Windows 10 in S mode Accessory Compatibility for more info on Microsoft hardware accessories as well as links to third parties who can share compatibility information for using their accessories with Windows 10 in S mode. If you don't find information on a specific model, check with your accessory manufacturer.

About Windows 10 Enterprise in S mode

What is Windows 10 Enterprise in S mode?

Windows 10 Enterprise in S mode is a subscription that adds the following capabilities to a Windows 10 Pro in S mode device:

  • Management of Microsoft Store access
  • Management of consumer experiences
  • Management of Cortana
  • Health analytics
  • Telemetry controls
  • App Guard
  • Credential Guard

About Windows 10 Education in S mode

What is Windows 10 Education in S mode?

Windows 10 Education in S mode is designed to give schools the familiar, robust, and productive features they count on from Windows in an experience that’s been streamlined for security and performance in the classroom and built to work with Microsoft Education. It has many of the same familiar Windows 10 Education features that you know today, but we changed some parts so that we can offer a more secure and performant experience.