This lightweight version of Windows was meant to run on low end hardware and limited users to only installing apps from the Windows Store. All the users who bought a PC with Windows 10 S installed will be able to switch to the full Windows 10 version for free instead of paying $49 like before. The Verge speculates that Microsoft might simply make the unlock process of the new "S Mode" more obvious so that customers will know immediately what version of the operating system they're running.
Some Windows 10 users will now see this screen.
This update will be downloaded and installed if you go to the Windows Settings Update & Security Windows Update page, and click Check online for updates from Microsoft Update.
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Do you remember Windows 10 S? Windows 10 S also pushed users towards Microsoft's first-party apps and services as there is a lack of 3rd party alternatives available on its store. "We expect to see new Windows 10 devices ship with S mode, available from our partners in the coming months, so check back here for updates".
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This is quite a different stance than Microsoft took with its Surface Laptop when it launched with Windows 10 S last summer. Next year 10 S will be a "mode" of existing versions, not a distinct version. SO. Users can now upgrade such devices to the full version of Windows 10 for a $50 fee.