5 Easy Steps to Switch out of Windows 11 S Mode

What is Windows 11 S Mode? How to check whether you have enabled it? How to switch out of Windows 11 S Mode? In this article, all the questions will be answered to help you know more about Windows S Mode

Some computers are built to have Windows 11 S mode enabled and only apps from Microsoft store can be installed to the computers. This is more secured for users to avoid malicious attacks from third-party programs, but it may also bring some inconvenience for users to get more necessary programs. Therefore, whether to switch out of Windows 11 S Mode comes as a questions. First we need to know what’s Windows 11 S Mode.

What is Windows 11 S Mode?

Windows 11 S mode is a version of Windows 11 that is built for security reasons. All the operations and experience are similar to those on Windows 11.But it only allows the apps in Microsoft Store to be installed and only Edge browser could be used to for surfing.

Windows 11 S Mode

System requirements of Windows 11 S Mode:

Only Windows 11 Home version can support the S mode. If your PC is with Windows 11 Home and meet the minimum system requirements, you will get a free upgrade to Windows 11 Home in S mode.

  • Processors/CPUs: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with two or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or system on a chip (SoC)
  • RAM: 4 gigabytes (GB) or greater
  • Storage: 64 GB or larger storage device
  • TPM: 2.0
  • Graphic Card: Compatible with DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver
  • Display: High definition (720p) display that is greater than 9” diagonally, 8 bits per color channel

How to Switch out of Windows 11 S Mode?

Follow the steps to check whether you have the Win 11 S mode installed: Settings > System > About. On the About page, Windows Specifications will show the system information in details. If Windows 11 S mode is preinstalled, and you don’t want it. Don’t worry. It is optional for Windows 11 Home version users. Before you start the steps below, please be noted that: You can never get back the Windows 11 S mode, once you switch out of it.

Only 5 steps are needed:

  • Open Settings;
  • Select Privacy & security;
  • Choose Activation on the left
  • At Switch to Windows 11 Pro section, select the Go to the Store link. (*Note: Don’t select the link under Upgrade your edition of Windows.)
  • On the Microsoft Store page, click Get to finish the steps.


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