How to switch out of S mode in Windows 10

Microsoft introduced Windows 10 S mode for better security, but it restricted to only using apps from Store. The good news is that there is no charge if you want to leave S mode. So if you want to install Apps from outside Windows 10 Store, you can switch out of S mode, and its very easy. However, once switch out of Windows 10 S mode, you can never go back. This process is irreversible.

Windows 10 S is a lighter version of Windows 10 which runs apps in a sandboxed environment; this means that it is more secure and handles the performance requirements in a much better way. It is designed for superior performance, Microsoft–verified security, Microsoft Store and Microsoft Edge only support. If you wish to switch, here’s is how you can do it.

Leave Windows 10 S Mode

Switch out of S Mode in Windows

  • On your PC running Windows 10 in S mode, open Settings  > Update & Security  > Activation.
  • In the Switch to Windows 10 Home or Switch to Windows 10 Pro section, select Go to the Store.
  • It is possible that you will get to see an option which says “Upgrade your edition of Windows” section. Be very careful, and do not click the “Go to the Store” link that appears there.
  • Get back on the store where you see “Switch out of S mode” page that appears in the Microsoft Store.
  • Select the Get button.
  • After this you should see a confirmation message on the page.
  • Now, you’ll be able to install apps from outside of the Microsoft Store.

That said, you should know that S mode is a special mode of any version of Windows. It could be Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Professional. When you switch out of S mode in Windows 10, you stay on the standard version of Windows that PC came with our one that you have installed.

Upgrade Windows 10 S to Windows 10 Home/Pro

If you are on Windows 10 Home version and want to upgrade to Professional mode, you will have to pay the required amount. Similarly, if you were using Windows 10 Enterprise in S Mode or Windows 10 Education in S Mode, switching out of S mode will leave your PC to standard enterprise or education mode.

ONCE YOU ARE SURE that you want to make the switch, you may click on the following link on your Windows 10 PC, and it will open a Microsoft Store page.

On the Switch out of S mode page that open, press the Get button. Your computer will have made the switch!

Let us know if this helped you to switch out of S mode in Windows 10.

This post will show you how to reinstall Windows 10 Home in S Mode on Surface Go.

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