Installation

How to Switch out of S mode in Windows 10 for Free

Windows 10 in S mode is designed for security and performance, exclusively running apps from the Microsoft Store. If you want to install an app that isn’t available in the Microsoft Store, you’ll need to switch out of S mode. There’s no charge to switch out of S mode.

Switching out of S mode is one-way. If you make the switch, you won’t be able to go back to Windows 10 in S mode.

This tutorial will show you how to switch out of Windows 10 in S mode to the current Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Enterprise, or Windows 10 Education edition for free.

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How to Custom Install Windows 10

When you perform a custom install of Windows 10, a clean install of Windows 10 is performed only on the same partition as the previous installation of Windows to replace it, and the previous installation is moved into the C:\Windows.old folder as a backup. Once the custom install has finished, you will be able to copy any files you want back from the C:\Windows.old folder.

A custom install of Windows 10 can be useful if you are unable to start Windows for whatever reason, need to reinstall Windows, but do not want to lose any files in your current installation by doing a full clean install.

This tutorial will show you step by step on how to do a custom install of Windows 10 with UEFI or Legacy BIOS on your PC.

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How to View Windows Upgrade History in Windows 10

Each time you upgrade Windows 10 (ex: Home to Pro edition) or have a build upgrade of Windows 10 (ex: new build via Windows Update), this upgrade history is stored in the registry.

It can be useful to view the Windows upgrade history to find out about previously installed builds and editions of Windows on your Windows 10 PC.

This tutorial will show you how to view the Windows upgrade history of your Windows 10 PC.

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How to Start Fresh with Clean Install of Windows 10 using Refresh Windows Tool

Microsoft has heard from many of you that are attempting to perform a clean installation of Windows that it can sometimes be hard to get started. To help, Microsoft has announced a new tool that enables an easy and simple way to start fresh with a clean installation of Windows. You can use this tool to install a clean copy of the most recent version of Windows, and remove apps that came pre-installed or that you installed on your PC.

This tool is currently only available to Windows Insiders, and will only work on recent Windows 10 Insider Preview released builds (build 14342 or later).

This tutorial will show you how to download and use the Refresh Windows Tool to start fresh with a clean installation of Windows 10.

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How to Downgrade from Windows 10 Enterprise to Windows 10 Pro

Starting with Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14352, deploying Windows Enterprise edition gets easier.

Prior to Windows 10, the upgrade from the Pro to Enterprise edition required a complete wipe and reinstallation (clean install) of the OS. In Windows 10, Microsoft enabled bit-less edition upgrade from Pro to Enterprise. This means all the features are on the device already and the upgrade to Enterprise edition can be performed by changing the product key rather than having to download and deploy a new image. However, doing this required a reboot to complete. Microsoft heard a lot of feedback about having to reboot to complete the upgrade so starting with build 14352, a reboot is no longer required when upgrading from the Pro to Enterprise edition.

Luckily, it’s just as easy to downgrade from Windows 10 Enterprise back to Windows 10 Pro.

This tutorial will show you how to quickly and directly downgrade from Windows 10 Enterprise to Windows 10 Pro without losing anything, having to clean install, or restart the computer.

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How to Upgrade from Windows 10 Pro to Windows 10 Enterprise

Starting with Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14352, deploying Windows Enterprise edition gets easier.

Prior to Windows 10, the upgrade from the Pro to Enterprise edition required a complete wipe and reinstallation (clean install) of the OS. In Windows 10, Microsoft enabled bit-less edition upgrade from Pro to Enterprise. This means all the features are on the device already and the upgrade to Enterprise edition can be performed by changing the product key rather than having to download and deploy a new image. However, doing this required a reboot to complete. Microsoft heard a lot of feedback about having to reboot to complete the upgrade so starting with this build a reboot is no longer required when upgrading from the Pro to Enterprise edition.

This tutorial will show you how to quickly and directly upgrade from Windows 10 Pro to Windows 10 Enterprise without having to clean install or restart the computer.

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