How to Turn Off S Mode in Windows 10

Windows 10 in S mode will run only apps that you've downloaded from the Microsoft Store, which is a feature designed towards security and performance. If you want to run or install an app not from the Microsoft Store, you'll need to exit this mode. This minHour will teach you how to turn off S Mode in Windows 10 in settings; however, this change is not reversible. If you turn off S Mode, you won't be able to turn it back on.

If you've upgraded to Windows 11, read How to Turn Off S Mode in Windows 11 for more relevant help.


Open Settings.

Press the key combination or click the Windows logo in your Start menu and click the gear icon.

Click Update & Security.

It’s with a refresh icon that looks like 2 arrows that form a circle.

Click Activation.

You’ll find this in the panel on the left side of the window.

Click Go to the Store.

You’ll find this under the “Switch to Windows 10 Home” or “Switch to Windows 10 Pro” headers.

  • Do not click this under “Upgrade your edition of Windows.”
  • If you aren’t in S Mode, you won’t see the previous options.

Click Get next to “Switch out of S Mode.

The wording here may vary slightly, but it will be similar.

  • When your Windows 10 computer switches out of S Mode, you’ll receive an email confirmation that you’ll be able to install and run apps outside of the Microsoft Store.

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