How to Easily Switch Out of S Mode on Windows 10 Home Edition

Windows 10 Home Edition in S Mode is a more restricted version of Windows 10 Home designed for security and performance. In S Mode, you can only install apps from the Microsoft Store which have been verified as safe by Microsoft. This prevents potentially malicious apps from being installed. However, it also limits your choice of apps.

Fortunately, switching out of S Mode on Windows 10 Home is easy and free. Here is a step-by-step guide:

What You Need to Know Before Switching Out of S Mode

  • Switching out of S mode is one-way. Once you switch out, you cannot switch back.
  • You’ll need an admin account on your Windows 10 PC to switch out of S Mode.
  • Switching out of S Mode does not affect your files, settings or apps already installed.

Step 1: Open Settings

Click on the Start menu and select the gear icon to open the Settings app. Alternatively, press Windows key + I on your keyboard.

Open Settings

Step 2: Go to Activation

In Settings, click on “Update & Security”. On the left sidebar, click on “Activation”.

Go to Activation

Step 3: Click “Go to Store”

Under the “Switch to Windows 10 Home” section, click on the “Go to Store” link.

Click Go to Store

Step 4: Click “Get” in the Microsoft Store

In the Microsoft Store, under the “Switch out of S Mode” section, click the blue “Get” button.

Click Get

Step 5: Wait for Confirmation

After clicking “Get”, you’ll see a confirmation message letting you know that you have successfully switched out of S Mode.

That’s it! You can now install apps from outside the Microsoft Store.

What Changes After Disabling S Mode?

Once you switch out of S Mode, here are some of the key changes you will notice:

  • You can install desktop apps from the internet or other sources, not just the Microsoft Store
  • You can change the default browser from Microsoft Edge
  • Access to registry editor and command prompt
  • More customization options for privacy and updates

So in summary, disabling S Mode gives you more control over your Windows 10 experience, at the cost of slightly reduced security.

For most people, the benefits outweigh the risks. But if you prefer simplicity and security, sticking with S Mode is also perfectly fine.

Should You Switch Back to S Mode?

As mentioned before, once you disable S Mode you cannot re-enable it. The only way is to completely reset your PC to factory conditions.

Given that, here are some things to consider before switching out of S mode:

  • If you need specific desktop apps not available on Microsoft Store
  • If you want to reduce software restrictions on your PC
  • If you are an advanced user and need access to registry, command prompt etc.

Reasons to stick with S Mode:

  • If you don’t install many desktop apps and are happy with Store apps
  • If you share your PC with kids or less tech-savvy users
  • If you prioritize security and performance over customization

So in summary, assess your needs and preferences first before making the switch.

Troubleshooting Problems Disabling S Mode

Here are some common issues faced when trying to switch out of S mode and how to fix them:

Can’t find “Go to Store” link

  • Make sure you are logged into an Administrator account
  • Check that you are on the Activation page under Update & Security

Don’t have a Microsoft account

  • You can switch out of S Mode without a Microsoft account
  • On the Microsoft Store sign-in screen, click on “I don’t have a Microsoft account”

Get button grayed out in Store

  • Log out and back into your admin account
  • Restart your PC and try again

No confirmation message after clicking Get

  • Wait a few minutes and check again
  • Restart your PC and the changes will take effect

If none of these help resolve your issue disabling S Mode, you can contact Microsoft Support for further assistance.


Switching out of S Mode in Windows 10 Home Edition is simple and only takes a few minutes. With this guide, you should now understand:

  • The pros and cons of disabling S Mode
  • Step-by-step instructions to switch out of S Mode
  • What changes to expect after making the switch
  • Who should consider sticking with S Mode
  • How to troubleshoot problems with the process

So go ahead and switch out of S Mode if you need more control over apps and customization on your Windows 10 Home PC! Just remember that you can’t go back once you make the change.

Let us know in the comments if you have any other questions about switching out of S Mode!