Stuck in Windows 10 S Mode? Here’s How to Get Out of It for Good

Ben Stegner 31-07-2018

Windows 10 has several versions Every Single Windows 10 Version You Must Know About Windows 10 comes in over 10 different versions. We compare them all and explain what they're for and who their intended users are. Read More which can be difficult to keep straight. One of the most prominent was Windows 10 S, a limited mode which only let you install software from the Windows Store.


In early 2018, Microsoft dropped Windows 10 S as a dedicated OS flavor and introduced S Mode instead. Now, manufacturers can choose to ship their devices with Windows 10 S Mode enabled.

If you have Windows 10 S Mode on your computer and want to leave it, here’s how.

Before You Leave Windows 10 S Mode

You should know what Windows 10 S Mode does Windows 10 S: Everything You Need to Know Windows 10 S is a new stripped-down version of Windows 10 designed for schools. Let's discuss the good and the bad, and decide if you should buy one of the new machines. Read More and its advantages before you leave it, because doing so is a one-way option.

Essentially, S Mode limits you to only using software from the Windows Store. You can’t install traditional desktop software, including browsers, game clients, and more. It also doesn’t let you change the default search engine in Edge from Bing or use the Command Prompt.

For power users, S Mode is far too limiting. But for those with less experience, S Mode can actually be handy. The restricted environment makes it much harder for malware to attack a computer, and helps keep it running smoothly.


How to Leave Windows 10 S Mode for Good

Leaving S Mode is free, and isn’t difficult. Open the Start Menu and type Store to launch the Microsoft Store app. Click the Search icon in the upper-right and search for Switch Out of S Mode.

You’ll see a banner about S Mode with a Learn more button. Click this, then follow the steps to leave S Mode and get a full version of Windows. Depending on the version of Windows that shipped with your PC, you’ll get either Windows 10 Home or Professional.

If you’re looking for a lightweight computer, check out why Chromebooks beat Windows 10 S Mode 5 Reasons Chrome OS Is Better Than Windows 10 S Microsoft has launched a new operating system – Windows 10 S. But is it good enough to grab a share of Chromebooks' ever-increasing market share and propel it into homes and classrooms around the country? Read More .

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  1. Phil K.
    November 7, 2019 at 12:03 am

    The "Store" requires an account. I don't have one and I don't want one. How do I disable S Mode without using the Store?

  2. Phil K.
    November 7, 2019 at 12:00 am

    The "store" requires an account, I don't have one and don't want one. How do I get rid of S Mode without having an account at the MS store?

  3. Chemy Torres
    September 9, 2019 at 1:12 am

    I'm trying but it's giving an error, I checked, the date, location, language installed and resetting the Windows Store, still having problems with the Windows Store so I cannot get out of the S mode.

  4. dragonmouth
    July 31, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    "How to Leave Windows 10 S Mode for Good"
    Switch to Linux.