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Switch out of S mode in BULK (100+ computers)

My current task at my job is to set up a large shipment of laptops that all arrived in Windows S mode (which is annoying because we didn’t order them that way but its too late now). Currently, and according to Microsoft support as well, the ONLY way to switch out of S mode is to log into your Microsoft account and switch out from the store. There are a few issues with this for my case.

These laptops are to be distributed to many people. I don’t want our account logged into or associated with all of them. Getting everything unlinked is unnecessarily annoying.

You are only allowed to have 10 devices linked to your account. I have to go in and delete them right after I add them, a slow process due to the slow website.

I have Enterprise keys, but that doesn’t matter. It will just be enterprise in S mode if you enter the key.

Sometimes, and I assume this is due to removing the device from my account afterwards, upon restarting, the computers are BACK IN S MODE! What!?!?

This process takes a while and like I said there are a ton of these computers… I just want a more efficient way!!

Is there ANY easier way, workarounds or anything? Do I just have to deal with it? Or reinstall windows every time (which would admittedly take much longer so not really worth it)? I absolutely hate S mode. Spare me.


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Looks like Microsoft is trying to be like Apple. No promises but but could try these. Microsoft is not too bright so maybe one of the below will work.

  • Here’s the possible easiest way :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OX-LwZZV...

but maybe this is not a choice now - video from 2018.

  • Have you tried factory resetting with no Internet connection so a local account is set up?
  • You can try it from “Settings” while on Desktop.
  • Or from shutting down three times to force Windows Startup Repair mode then select “Troubleshoot” and then “Reset this PC”
  • Or booting from an install disk and select Repair, etc. as above
  • Or some computers will go here by pressing <F11> key. Check manual.

Most of this process is unattended so just set them up in a big row and away you go.

Or if they are identical just reset one and clone it on to the rest of them but that might take longer.

Microsoft’s way is:

Switching out of S mode in Windows 10

  1. On your PC running Windows 10 in S mode, open Settings > Update & Security > Activation.
  2. In the Switch to Windows 10 Home or Switch to Windows 10 Pro section, select Go to the Store. ...
  3. On the Switch out of S mode (or similar) page that appears in the Microsoft Store, select the Get button.

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This is what I have been doing, but its not very useful. Check the notes in my original post, thats the issue ive been having with microsofts method. The computers are set up with local accounts already.

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Hi Crum,

I'm not getting something here.

You say:

"I don’t want our account logged into or associated with all of them. Getting everything unlinked is unnecessarily annoying.'" Are you talking about the "Store"? or what?

I've worked with W10 since it came out and confess that I am not familiar with your problem. If I understood more I might be able to help.

Why would your account be linked if you reset Windows?

@aactech I think the concern is more to do with de-linking it, or a possible license account tie.

10 S shouldn't exist, but here we are with Microsoft trying to appeal to Apple type users and parents afraid of not having software restrictions that make ZERO sense.

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I’m not familiar with S Mode because I don’t mess with machines that seem to come with this BS (always seems to be “Microsoft Cloudbooks”), but would it be possible to erase the primary partition (while keeping the recovery partition) and remove S Mode that way, or is it a bit that’s active in the UEFI license the Store download disabled in firmware? After all, it’s a software bug(erm…switch) which should in theory be easily removed with vanilla Windows 10.

If these are all the same model, you just need to do it one of the laptops, sysprep it and then copy it on the remaining computers (hopefully they have ethernet and you have something like an HP or Cisco network switch you can do 25 or so at a time on) and deploy them all at once.

Of course clone the tester machine first just in case, but it’s an idea. The problem is S Mode was designed with Joe average who fell into this trap in mind, not enterprise customers buying laptops for kids in a school.

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