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  • Writer's pictureHeather Hall

What is Windows 11 S Mode and should you opt out?

Many new computers are preinstalled with Windows 11 S Mode. Microsoft developed this version of Windows to enhance performance and security, meaning you will only be using software provided by the Microsoft Store. Microsoft has verified everything in their store to be free from malware. The Microsoft Store is open to developers so you will find a large range of apps, games, movies, and TV shows. The store can be found on the taskbar and in the start menu.

S mode is suitable for an entry-level computer user who enjoys the basics such as Internet, email, Microsoft Office, music, streaming and online shopping. Most people may not even notice the computer is in S Mode because it looks just like Windows 11.

If I have piqued your interest, you can discover what OS is installed on your computer by going to Settings and selecting About.

A novice computer user may want to experience the full version of Windows and applications other than those found in the Microsoft Store. For example, S Mode will limit you to Microsoft Edge when browsing the Internet because apps such as Chrome and Mozilla are blocked while in this secure mode.

Switching out of S Mode is a quick and straightforward process.

Follow these steps to convert your system to Windows 11 Home or Pro:

  1. Use the Search or Windows key to locate Settings.

  2. Select System (left pane).

  3. Scroll down to Activation (right pane).

  4. Expand the S Mode selection and click Open Store.

  5. Click the blue Get button.

Now you are officially on your way to customizing your PC with all the third-party applications that you love!


Heather is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer that also has a background in teaching.

She can be reached at 239.825.0011 or by email at


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