Watch how easy it is to switch from Windows 10 S to Pro on the Surface Laptop

Surface Laptop display
Surface Laptop display

The Surface Laptop is just over a month old, so we're revisiting some topics including the controversial decision to ship it with Windows 10 S. While that OS has some high points, I recently documented some early issues with it too when using it daily.

The solution to Windows 10 S is obvious: just switch to Windows 10 Pro. We've had people ask what it's like to do the switch and many wonder if it's a long process e.g. does it need to download a huge file to upgrade?

In this new short video, Mark Guim will demonstrate how to make that switch in real time.

I've noted in the review that switching to Windows 10 Pro is about as fast as brewing a cup of coffee, but now you can see the whole thing happen for real. You be the judge if it's a hassle or not.

Unfortunately, what is a bother is going from Pro back to Windows 10 S, but we imagine few will want to do that. Just in case though, we did make a tutorial explaining how to reinstall that version of the OS for the Surface Laptop.

Luckily, switching to Windows 10 Pro is free through 2017 for Surface Laptop owners. In 2018, Microsoft will reportedly charge $50 for the Pro license, which is $50 cheaper than going from Home to Pro ($99). License fees are fixed into the product price meaning whether you pay now or later for a Pro license, you are going to get that $50 fee somewhere.

For more on Windows 10 S make sure you read our mini-review, check out our full Surface Laptop review or see our other Surface Laptop articles that deep dive in the nitty gritty.

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central. He is also the head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007, when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and watches. He has been reviewing laptops since 2015 and is particularly fond of 2-in-1 convertibles, ARM processors, new form factors, and thin-and-light PCs. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.