Installation and Upgrade Switch out of S mode in Windows 11

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Windows 11 in S mode is only available in the Windows 11 Home edition.

Some devices come preinstalled with Windows 11 Home in S mode by the original equipment manufacturer.

Windows 11 in S mode is a version of Windows 11 that's streamlined for security and performance, while providing a familiar Windows experience. To increase security, it allows only apps from Microsoft Store, and requires Microsoft Edge for safe browsing.

If you have a Windows 11 in S mode edition installed, you will only be able to install apps from The Microsoft Store only. If you want to install an app that isn't available in the Microsoft Store, you'll need to switch out of S mode.

⚠️ Switching out of S mode is one-way. If you make the switch, you won't be able to go back to Windows 11 in S mode. There's no charge to switch out of S mode.


This tutorial will show you how to switch out of S mode in Windows 11.

You must be signed in as an administrator to switch out of S mode in Windows 11.

Here's How:

1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on System on the left side, and click/tap on Activation on the right side. (see screenshot below)


3 Click/tap on S mode to expand it open. (see screenshot below step 4)

4 Click/tap on Open Store. (see screenshot below)


5 Click/tap on the Get button on the Microsoft Store Switch out of S mode page. (see screenshot below)


6 Click/tap on Close when you have successfully finished switching out of S mode. (see screenshot below)


That's it,
Shawn Brink


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