If you’ve recently purchased a new Windows 10 device, you may have noticed that it’s running in S Mode. S Mode is a streamlined and more secure version of Windows 10, but it comes with a drawback – it only allows you to install apps from the Microsoft Store, which can limit your options for software and customization. In this blog post, we’ll show you how to get out of S Mode in Windows 10, so you can unlock the full potential of your device and install the apps you need.
What is S Mode?
Windows 10 in S Mode is a version of Windows 10 that’s streamlined for security and performance. It’s available on many new Windows devices and is designed to provide a safer, faster, and more consistent user experience. In S Mode, you can only install apps from the Microsoft Store, and you can only use Microsoft Edge as your web browser. While this can help protect your device from malware and improve performance, it can be restrictive for some users who need to install software from other sources or use alternative web browsers.
How to Switch Out of S Mode
Getting out of S Mode is a straightforward process, and it’s free of charge. Just follow these simple steps:
- Click the Start button and open the Settings app (you can also press Win + I on your keyboard).
- In the Settings app, click on Update & Security.
- Select Activation from the left-hand menu.
- Under the Switch to Windows 10 Home or Switch to Windows 10 Pro section (depending on your edition), click on Go to the Store.
- On the Microsoft Store page that opens, click the Get button (it should say that the upgrade is free).
- Wait for the process to complete, and then restart your device.
That’s it! Your device will now be running a standard, non-S Mode version of Windows 10, and you’ll be able to install apps from other sources and use alternative web browsers.
Considerations Before Switching Out of S Mode
While switching out of S Mode can provide more freedom and flexibility, there are a few things to consider before making the change:
- Security: S Mode provides a more secure environment by only allowing apps from the Microsoft Store. Switching out of S Mode may expose your device to additional security risks.
- Performance: The streamlined nature of S Mode can result in better performance on some devices. You may notice a slight decrease in performance after switching out of S Mode.
- One-Way Switch: Once you switch out of S Mode, you cannot go back. Make sure you’re comfortable with the change before proceeding.
Windows 10 in S Mode provides an excellent balance of security and performance for many users, but it can be restrictive for those who need to install software from other sources or use alternative web browsers. Switching out of S Mode is a simple process, and it’s worth considering if you find the limitations of S Mode to be too restrictive. Just be aware of the potential security risks and performance changes that may come with the switch, and remember that it’s a one-way change.