How to switch out of S mode in Windows 10/11

Emre Çitak
Aug 1, 2023
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Windows in S Mode is designed to provide enhanced security and performance by allowing only app installations from the Microsoft Store. While this feature is beneficial in preventing malware and ensuring a secure computing environment, it might limit users who want to install applications from sources other than the Microsoft Store.

If you find yourself in this situation and constantly ask yourself how to switch out of S Mode in Windows 10/11, you've come to the right place because we'll walk you through the step on how to switch out of S Mode in Windows 10/11 using two different methods, ensuring you can enjoy the freedom of installing apps from anywhere you choose.

How to switch out of S mode in Windows
Knowing how to switch out of S Mode in Windows will let you install the apps outside of the Microsoft Store to your PC

How to switch out of S Mode

By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can easily switch out of S Mode in Windows 10/11, regardless of whether you have a Microsoft Account or not. Remember that the switch is permanent, and once you've made the change, you won't be able to turn S Mode back on.

Switch Out of S Mode using your Microsoft account

To begin the process, click on the Windows menu and select the Settings icon, resembling a gear. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut Windows key + I to quickly access the Settings panel.

Once you're in the Settings panel follow these steps:

  1. Locate and select the "Activation" option
  2. Confirm that you see the "Windows 10/11 Home in S Mode" message, that means your PC is currently in S Mode and eligible for switching
  3. Select ''Switch to Windows 10/11 Pro'' and choose the ''Go to the Store" link
  4. Select "Upgrade your edition of Windows"
  5. Click the "Get" button under the "Switch out of S Mode" banner

After confirming your action, your PC will no longer be in S Mode, and you'll be able to install apps from outside the Microsoft Store.

How to switch out of S mode in Windows
You can switch out of S Mode by disabling Secure Boot and loading Windows without specific features

Switch Out of S Mode using BIOS

If you don't have a Microsoft Account and want to disable S Mode, you'll need to turn off Secure Boot in the UEFI (BIOS).

Start by booting your PC into Advanced Startup following these steps:

  1. Click on the Start menu, then select "Settings"
  2. Go to "System" and click on "Recovery"
  3. Choose "Restart Now" next to "Advanced Startup"
  4. Confirm the restart, and your PC will boot to a blue screen with various options

In the Advanced Startup options, click on "Troubleshoot," then select "Advanced Options" followed by "UEFI Firmware Settings". Your PC will now reboot into the UEFI.

The location of the Secure Boot option varies by PC model. For Dell PCs, it may be available in the "Secure Boot" method. For other manufacturers, check the "Boot" or "Boot Options" menu in the UEFI.

Read also: How to Turn Tablet Mode on and off in Windows.

Once you find the Secure Boot option, disable it. This action will also disable features like Windows Hello and Bitlocker, but you can reenable Secure Boot later.

After disabling Secure Boot, save your changes and exit the UEFI. Your PC will boot into the standard version of Windows 10/11 without S Mode.

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  1. Dan Donx said on January 15, 2023 at 10:29 am
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    What mental age of reader are you targeting with the first sentence? 10?

    Why not write an article on how to *avoid* upgrading from W10 to W11. Analogous to those like me who avoided upgrading from 7 to 10 for as long as possible.

    If your paymaster Microsoft permits it, of course.

  2. Dexter said on January 15, 2023 at 11:14 am
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    5. Rufus
    6. Ventoy

    PS. I hate reading these “SEO optimized” articles.

    1. cdr said on January 15, 2023 at 3:32 pm
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      I used Rufus to create an installer for a 6th gen intel i5 that had MBR. It upgraded using Setup. No issues except for Win 11 always prompting me to replace my local account. Still using Win 10 Pro on all my other PCs to avoid the bullying.

  3. sv said on January 15, 2023 at 6:40 pm
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    bit pointless to upgrade for the sake of upgrading as you never know when you’ll get locked out because ms might suddenly not provide updates to unsupported systems.

    ps…. time travelling?
    written. Jan 15, 2023
    Updated • Jan 13, 2023

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on January 16, 2023 at 5:49 am
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      This happens when you schedule a post in WordPress and update it before setting the publication date.

  4. Anonymous said on January 16, 2023 at 8:24 am
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    Anyone willing to downgrade to this awful OS must like inflicting themselves with harm.

  5. basingstoke said on January 16, 2023 at 11:18 am
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    I have become convinced now that anybody who has no qualms with using Windows 11/10 must fit into one of the following brackets:

    1) Too young to remember a time before W10 and W11 (doesn’t know better)

    2) Wants to play the latest games on their PC above anything else (or deeply needs some software which already dropped W7 support)

    3) Doesn’t know too much about how computers work, worried that they’d be absolutely lost and in trouble without the “”latest security””

    4) Microsoft apologist that tries to justify that the latest “features” and “changes” are actually a good thing, that improve Windows

    5) Uses their computer to do a bare minimum of like 3 different things, browse web, check emails, etc, so really doesn’t fuss

    Obviously that doesn’t cover everyone, there’s also the category that:

    6) Actually liked W7 more than 10, and held out as long as possible before switching, begrudgingly uses 10 now

    Have I missed any group off this list?

    1. Heinz Strunk said on September 19, 2023 at 3:57 pm
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      You have missed in this group just about any professional user that uses business software like CAD programs or ERP Programs which are 99% of all professional users from this list.

      Linux doesn’t help anyone who is not a linux kid and apple is just a fancy facebook machine.

  6. ilev said on August 24, 2023 at 7:34 pm
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    Microsoft has removed KB5029351 update

    1. EP said on August 24, 2023 at 9:21 pm
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      only from windows update though
      KB5029351 is still available from the ms update catalog site

  7. Anonymous said on August 24, 2023 at 11:05 pm
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    1. This update is labaled as PREVIEW if it causes issues to unintelligent people, then they shouldn’t have allowed Preview updates ot install.

    2. I have installed it in a 11 years old computer, and no problems at all.

    3. Making a big drama over a bluescreen for an updated labeled as preview is ridiculous.

    This is probably another BS internet drama where people ran programs and scripts that modified the registry until they broke Windows, just for removing stuff that they weren’t even using just for the sake of it.
    Maybe people should stop playing geeks and actually either use Windows 10 or Windows 11, but don’t try to modify things just for the sake of it.

    Sometimes removing or stopping things (like defender is a perfect example) only need intelligence, not scripts or 3rd party programs that might mess with windows.

  8. john said on August 24, 2023 at 11:17 pm
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    Windows 11 was a pointless release, it was just created because some of the Windows team wanted to boost sales with some sort of new and improved Windows 10. Instead, Microsoft cannot support one version well let alone two.

    1. John G. said on August 25, 2023 at 12:08 pm
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      Windows 11 is the worst ugly shame by Microsoft ever. They should release with every new W11 version a complete free version of Starallback inside just to make this sh** OS functionally again.

  9. EP said on August 25, 2023 at 3:10 pm
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    motherboard maker MSI has recently released a statement regarding the “unsupported processor” blue screen error for their boards using Intel 600/700 series chipsets & to avoid the KB5029351 Win11 update:
    https://www.msi.com/news/detail/MSI-On–UNSUPPORTED-PROCESSOR–Error-Message-of-Windows-11-Update-KB5029351-Preview-142215

  10. EP said on August 29, 2023 at 7:32 pm
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    check out the following recent articles:

    Neowin – Microsoft puts little blame on its Windows update after UNSUPPORTED PROCESSOR BSOD bug:
    https://www.neowin.net/news/microsoft-puts-little-blame-on-its-windows-update-after-unsupported-processor-bsod-bug/

    BleepingComputer – Microsoft blames ‘unsupported processor’ blue screens on OEM vendors:
    https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/microsoft-blames-unsupported-processor-blue-screens-on-oem-vendors/

  11. Leonard Britvolli said on August 30, 2023 at 10:33 pm
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    While there may be changes or updates to the Windows 10 Store for Business and Education in the future, it is premature to conclude that it will be discontinued based solely on rumors.

  12. sembrador said on September 5, 2023 at 9:32 pm
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    My advice, I left win 15 years ago. Now I’m a happy linux user (linuxmint) but there is Centos, Fedora, Ubuntu depending on your needs.

  13. EP said on September 6, 2023 at 11:55 am
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    motherboard maker MSI has recently released new BIOS/firmware updates for their Intel 600 & 700 series motherboards to fix the “UNSUPPORTED_PROCESSOR” problem (Sept. 6):

    https://www.msi.com/news/detail/Updated-BIOS-fixes-Error-Message–UNSUPPORTED-PROCESSOR–caused-BSOD-on-MSI-s-Intel-700-and-600-Series-Motherboards-142277

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