When it comes to Windows versions things have been pretty straightforward. We had either Home or Professional dedicated for home users and business environments, respectively. Since March 2017 we also have Windows 10 S. Getting it is not a one-click action, but it is possible to download Windows 10 S ISO.
Windows 10 S is a bit different compared to other Windows versions. It can only run Windows Store apps, it allows you to use only Edge as a web browser, and cannot join domains. However, it does feature BitLocker encryption which is available in Professional but not Home editions.
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How to download Windows 10 S ISO
Downloading the Windows 10 ISO file in Pro or Home editions from Microsoft is a simple process. Things are a bit different for Windows 10 S ISO and it’s not available on the same page as the other two.
To download Windows 10 S ISO visit this Microsoft web page.
In the product drop down menu, select Surface Laptop. You will be asked to enter a serial number. If you don’t own a Surface laptop you can type in the serial number below:
This is a publicly available serial number so it may not work. In that case, you will need to either find a photo of a Surface Laptop’s serial number online and try it instead or change the last three digits of the serial number above until you find one that works.
Click on Continue. After the serial number is verified (assuming it’s a valid one), you will be able to download Windows 10 S ISO. Keep in mind the file is about 5GB in size so it may take a while depending on your bandwidth.
Once the download is complete you can create a bootable USB with the ISO file and install it on your computer.
You might be wondering if it’s legal to download the Windows 10 S ISO. Your Windows 10 S copy won’t be pre-activated. If you install it on a Surface tablet or laptop, the device’s product key should be automatically detected. For any other laptop, you will be prompted for a product key.
Whichever the case, you should find your product key before attempting to install it, just to be on the safe side.