With the launch of the Surface Laptop last week, Microsoft today has made available new recovery images for Surface Laptop users, that can be used when someones device isn't working as intended, or if a user wants to go back to Windows 10 S. The recovery images come with the RTM build of Windows 10 S, along with all the right Surface Laptop drivers for a smooth and clean recovery experience.
With the Surface Laptop, Microsoft is allowing users a free upgrade to Windows 10 Pro from Windows 10 S until the end of the year. Unfortunately, there's no way back from Windows 10 Pro to Windows 10 S once the upgrade has taken place. The only real way to get Windows 10 S back is to use the Surface Laptop recovery image that Microsoft has now made available, which will restore your Laptop back to factory settings easily and quickly.
To grab the recovery image, head to this link. Make sure you've got your Surface Laptop serial number ready at hand, as you'll need it to prove that you are in fact a Surface Laptop user. Once you've entered all your details, you'll be given a download link for the Surface Laptop recovery image. From there, just follow the instructions on the website. You'll have to transfer the recovery bits to a USB and boot from it on your Laptop, but Microsoft should explain how to do all that on the site.
It's worth noting that using a recovery image is not like downgrading your OS. It's a complete wipe and install of Windows, meaning all your personal data and apps will get removed along the process. Make sure you to a data backup first before proceeding with a recovery install if you don't want to lose any data.
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