Switch out of S mode in Windows 11 to install apps outside of Microsoft Store or upgrade to Windows Pro, Enterprise, or Education editions.
- S mode is only available in the Windows 11 Home edition.
- No turning back on once you switch out of S mode.
This post will explain what S mode is and show you how to switch out of S mode in Windows 11.
What is S mode in Windows 11?
Windows 11 in S mode is a restricted edition that only allows you to install applications from Microsoft Store. If you try to install apps outside of Microsoft Store, you will get a notification saying the app isn’t an option.
S mode is used to increase the security and protection of your computer. It also can help you from viruses or malware that sometimes are hidden in apps you download on unknown sites. Moreover, Windows 11 in S mode only allows you to use Microsoft Edge to browse the internet.
All of the features of S mode are available in the Windows 11 Home edition. It is necessary to permanently switch out of S mode if you have the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, or Education editions installed.
How to Switch Out of S mode in Windows 11
1. Open Start > Settings > System > Activation.
2. Go to the Switch to Windows 11 Pro section and click the Go to the Store link.
Note: Don’t choose the link under Upgrade your edition of Windows. Unless you want to stay in S mode.
3. Select Get in the Switch out of S mode or similar page that appears on your screen. Confirm your selection.
Now, you can install apps that are not available on Microsoft Store.
FAQ about S mode in Windows 11
Can I switch back to S mode?
Once you switch out of S mode in Windows 11, you won’t be able to go back. Starting from now, you will always use the standard version of Windows 11.
The good thing is that you can install applications that are not listed in Microsoft Store.