How to Turn Off S Mode in Windows 11. If you can’t install third-party apps on your computer, it’s probably in S mode (safe mode). Below you can find steps to disable or turn off S Mode in Windows 11.
Turn off S Mode on Windows 11 computers
When you buy a new PC, you can choose to buy a PC with Windows 11 in S mode or a regular Windows 11 PC.
The main difference between the two is that Windows 11 in S mode enhances the security of your device by restricting app downloads to the Microsoft Store, effectively preventing all third-party apps and programs from being installed on your computer.
This also means that you won’t be able to install Google Chrome on your computer, and all your browsing will be limited to the default Microsoft Edge browser.
However, if you prefer to use Google Chrome or want to install third-party apps, Microsoft offers the option to disable S Mode on your computer.
Steps to Disable S Mode in Windows 11
Before continuing with the steps to switch your computer from S mode to regular Windows 11, you need to note that the changes are permanent and you will not be able to go back to S mode again.
Click on Windows Start button > Settings > select the System Tab in left-pane. In the right-pane, scroll down and click on the About option. On the About screen, scroll down and click on the Product key and Activation tab, located under Related Settings.
On the next screen, expand the S Mode entry and click on the Open Store button. If you are not signed in to Microsoft Account, you will be prompted to Sign-in to Windows Store using your Microsoft Account.
On the next screen, click the Get button to switch your computer out of S mode. Once S Mode is turned off, you will see a pop-up confirming that S Mode is turned off and you can now install apps from outside the Microsoft Store on your computer.
Click the close button to close the pop-up and you’re ready to install Chrome, Firefox, and other third-party applications on your computer.
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