Switching Out of S-Mode in Windows 10

If your device is running the S-mode version of Windows 10, chances are you’ve been wanting to upgrade. S-mode prevents you from downloading any programs or apps that aren’t in their store, among some other unique features. While the idea sounds hopeful, it can be more problematic for users than you might think. Follow these simple steps to upgrade out of S-mode!

1. Most users know if their device is operating in S-mode. If not, it can be easy to tell. If you’ve ever seen the screen shown above stating your device only runs verified apps, that’s a telltale sign you’re in S-mode. Otherwise, your version can be identified within Settings on your device. To put it simply: if you have third-party apps on your device that aren’t from the App Store, you’re not in S-mode.

2. Once you’ve identified your version of Windows 10, go ahead and open the “Settings” app. This can be identified as the gear icon right above the power icon on your start button.

3. Click “Update and Security.” This is usually the last option of the first column on your screen.

4. On the left-hand side of your screen, towards the bottom of the list, click on “Activation

5. Go to the section labeled “Switch to Windows 10 Home” and click the blue text that says “Go to the store.”

6. Once you’re in the store, click the “Get” button.

You’re done! It’ll install and from there, you’ll be out of S-mode.