How to get out of Windows 10 S Mode

Description: This article will show you how to get out of Windows 10 S Mode and activate the full version. S Mode is a restricted version of Windows 10 that can only install Microsoft verified applications through the Windows Store. The intention behind this mode is to make the operating system more light and also more secure. If your device has Windows 10 S Mode, you are entitled to switch to the full version of Windows 10 if you prefer. This can only be done one time, and once you switch out of Windows 10 S Mode you cannot switch back, so be certain this is what you want to do before beginning.

  1. Open Windows Settings - On the start menu choose Settings, represented by the gear icon.
    Windows Settings
  2. Select Update and Security.
    Windows Settings, Update and Security
  3. Choose Activation from the menu.
    Windows Settings, Activation
  4. Select Go to the Store below where you see Switch to Windows 10 Home or Switch to Windows 10 Pro.
    Go to Store call to action
  5. In the Windows Store, choose the Get button for Switch out of S mode.
    Selecting Switch out of S mode
  6. Choose Install on the next screen.
    Install option
  7. On the final screen choose Yes, let’s go.
    Let's Go option
  8. The upgrade will take place in the background over the next several minutes and then you will no longer be running in Windows 10 S Mode.

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