Last week, Microsoft officially announced Windows 11 SE, a lite version of its new operating system specifically designed budget laptops for students and schools. It will run 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 is not ready 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.
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.