Windows 11 SE will not be sold separately or reinstalled once removed

Earlier this month, Microsoft officially unveiled Windows 11 SE, a lite version of its new operating system intended for use in budget laptops for high school and college students. It will appear on Surface Laptop SE and third-party notebooks for education. Now it became known that after removing Windows 11 SE, users will not be able to install the same OS on the device again.

According to reports, Microsoft has no plans to distribute Windows 11 SE as a standalone software product. This means that users will not be able to install it on existing laptops in educational institutions. Moreover, if you remove this OS and put in its place, for example, Windows 10, then you will not be able to return to Windows 11 SE back. This means that the only option Microsoft provides for interacting with Windows 11 SE is to buy new devices running this OS.

Note that Microsoft similarly licenses Windows 10 and Windows 11 for ARM-based devices. These OS versions are available on new hardware, but they are not sold separately, so users cannot install ARM versions of Windows on their own on compatible hardware such as the Raspberry Pi.

Windows 11 SE itself is a stripped-down version of Windows 11 that has been optimized to organize the learning space and interact with other Microsoft educational offerings. It has dropped some of the features available in Windows 11 to provide a smoother workflow on less-than-performing laptops.

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Microsoft Windows 11 SE

Microsoft has announced a new version of Windows 11 designed for use by students and schoolchildren. Windows 11 SE will ship exclusively as a preinstalled operating system on affordable notebooks designed for educational institutions. The new OS will compete with Google’s Chrome OS.

We should note right away that the operating system will not block the installation of applications from third-party sources; so it does not repeat the approach of Windows 10S, which only supported installation from the Microsoft Store. While Windows 11 SE naturally works better with Edge, Office; and Microsoft’s cloud services, it won’t restrict users from choosing apps. Paige Johnson, Microsoft’s head of marketing for education; says Win 11 SE will provide full support for third-party software, including Zoom and Chrome; so that users can enjoy the products that work best for them.

Note that most of the changes in Win 11 SE are rather minor in comparison with the base version of the OS. Microsoft has removed multiple layouts in Snap in favor of a single mode, which allows apps to be side-by-side. In addition, by default, applications always run in full-screen mode. The new Widgets section has been removed from Win 11 SE because Microsoft found it distracting students. Microsoft Edge will be able to work with Chrome extensions, which are disabled by default in Windows 11. In addition, Win 11 SE backs up documents to OneDrive by default. The fresh OS will ship with new colorful Bloom wallpapers by default. Additionally, Windows 11 SE will ship with pre-installed Teams, Office, OneNote, Minecraft for Education and Flipgrid apps.

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