Latest Windows 10 Insider Preview has a secretly hidden retail demo

Secret Windows 10 retail loopy demo hidden in latest Insider Preview

Microsoft has included a ‘retail demo’ experience that will be used to show off the Windows 10 OS in the retail environment. If you are running the Insider Preview of Windows 10, there is a hidden mode in the OS that you have apparently not touched. The feature is hidden inside the OS but has photos and a video of a screen saver that runs within the demo.

However, there are a couple of disadvantages that may make this not worth though. First, if you enable the feature, all your personal content will be erased from your device. Second, if you want to uninstall the retail demo experience, you need a password that won’t be reported to the public, people may end up disabling the retail demos of devices at stores creating havoc for retailers.

You can enable the demo feature by going to Settings -> Windows Update and Recovery -> Activation. Once there, then click the word ‘Windows’ five times, this will allow you to enter the retail demo code. Once you reach the screen, it will ask for a retail code, leave it blank and then click finish. Your system will reboot and you are good to go.

For the major part, it’s Windows 10 that you know well with but there are some settings cooked in such as the homepage for Edge is set to Microsoft’s store webpage. The latest Build of Windows 10 and retail demo mode is not that different from each other. Some of the settings are preselected and it has also has a locked control panel.

There is also an app that describes the benefits of Windows 10 and Office 365. The intention of this app is for you to see it play with a Windows 10 PC at a retail store, wherein you are shown a simple tutorial about what is new with the OS.

In addition, there is also a new screen saver that Microsoft calls the ‘attract loop’, which will play when a Windows 10 PC on the retail demo is not in use. Once again, if you enable this, you would not be able to remove your device out of “retail mode”. As a word of caution, one can proceed at his or her own risk and be ready to lose all of the data and re-install the Windows all over again.

Well, we will have to wait and watch if Microsoft would be adding more features to the app before the release of Windows 10. The instructions for accessing this mode does show a few more additions to the demo experience, but it looks like they have not been included in this build yet.

Kindly remember, if you enable this, you won’t be able to get your machine back out of “retail mode”, so proceed at your own risk and be ready to lose all of your data and then have to re-install Windows.

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Kavita Iyer
Kavita Iyer
An individual, optimist, homemaker, foodie, a die hard cricket fan and most importantly one who believes in Being Human!!!



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