Some PCs, including Microsoft’s Surface Laptop and the Windows on ARM PCs, run “Windows 10 in S Mode.” In S Mode, Windows can only run apps from the Store—but you can leave S Mode in a few clicks.

Warning: This is Irreversible!

You can’t undo this choice. You’re free to leave S Mode at any time, but you can’t put a PC back into S Mode after leaving it. This is a one-time decision for the life of your PC’s hardware. If you decide you want to use S Mode again after leaving it—well, tough, you’re out of luck until you get a new PC in S Mode.

Yes, this is really weird. We don’t know why Microsoft doesn’t offer an undo button, but that’s just how it works.

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We’ve seen some rumors that Microsoft might place a “Switch to S Mode” option in Windows 10’s Redstone 5 update, allowing anyone to put any PC into S Mode. However, we haven’t seen that option appear, and there hasn’t been any official word from Microsoft—so don’t count on it.

For now, you can only get a PC in S Mode if the manufacturer placed it into S Mode at the factory, and if no one has taken it out of S Mode since.

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What You Need to Know About S Mode

There’s no going back, so consider whether you might want S Mode before switching.

S Mode is a more locked down mode for Windows. While in S Mode, your PC can only install apps from the Store. This means you can only browse the web in Microsoft Edge—you can’t install Chrome or Firefox. You can’t even change Edge’s default search engine in S Mode, so you’re stuck with Bing—although you could set Google as your home page, if you wanted. Various developer tools, including command line shells like PowerShell and Bash, are also off limits. If you try running software that isn’t allowed, you’ll see a message explaining you’re only allowed to get software from the Store.

For many Windows users, these limitations are just not acceptable. If you need applications that aren’t available in the Store, you must disable S Mode to run them. However, for people who can get by with just applications from the Store, S Mode may be helpful.

That’s because these restrictions also make it much harder for malware to get on your system. If all you need is a web browser, Microsoft Office, and other basic applications that are available in the Store, S Mode is a good idea. If you’re giving the PC to a less experienced user, student, or employee who just needs these basic applications, S Mode can help keep that PC secure.

But, for now, let’s be honest: Most PC users will want the full version of Windows 10 that isn’t in S Mode. Most Windows desktop apps still aren’t available in the Store, although some big apps like iTunes and Spotify now are. That’s why most PCs don’t come in S Mode.

If you have a Windows 10 on ARM device, leaving S Mode will let you run any 32-bit Windows desktop application—but many applications will be very slow. If you’re using a Windows 10 PC with a standard Intel or AMD chip, you don’t need to worry about this.

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Does Microsoft Charge to Leave S Mode?

Leaving S Mode is free. Before Windows 10 in S Mode, there was Windows 10 S. Microsoft planned to charge $50 to switch from Windows 10 S to a standard desktop edition of Windows 10.

However, Microsoft relented on these plans, and Windows 10 S is gone. With Windows 10 in S Mode, leaving this mode is free.

How to Leave S Mode

It’s easy to leave S Mode. To do so, first launch the “Microsoft Store” app. You’ll find it in pinned to your Start menu and taskbar by default, and it also appears under the full list of installed apps in your Start menu.

In the Store, click the magnifying glass “Search” button on the toolbar. Search for “Switch out of S Mode.”

You’ll see a “Switch Out of S Mode” banner here. Click “Learn More” and the Store will walk you through the process of leaving S Mode. The process will just take a few clicks.

Consult Microsoft’s Windows 10 in S Mode FAQ if you need more information.

Will You Get Windows 10 Home or Professional?

Windows 10 in S Mode is just a special mode of the normal, existing editions of Windows 10. So, for example, your PC either came with Windows 10 Home in S Mode or Windows 10 Professional in S Mode. When you leave S Mode, you’ll be using a standard edition of either Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Professional, depending on which edition your PC came with.

If you have Windows 10 Home and want Windows 10 Professional, you must pay $100 to upgrade. This will give you Professional-only features like the full set of BitLocker disk encryption tools.

For enterprises using Windows 10 Enterprise in S Mode or Windows 10 Education in S Mode, leaving S Mode will give the PC a standard Windows 10 Enterprise or Education operating system.

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Windows 10 now “warns” you not to install Chrome or Firefox when you download them. It’s just one of the many annoying ways Microsoft pushes Edge, which only has 4% market share despite Microsoft’s increasing desperation.

Microsoft will probably start using this “app recommendations” feature to push other apps in the future, too. Imagine Windows warning you not to install LibreOffice because you could pay for Office 365 instead.

Update: We did it, Internet! Microsoft just removed these warnings.

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I’m Sorry, Dave, I Don’t Want to Let You Do That

When you download the Chrome or Firefox installer and launch it, Windows will first show a “warning” telling you that you already have Microsoft Edge installed.

The warning says Edge is “the safer, faster browser” and it encourages you to open Microsoft Edge instead of installing the other browser. You can click “Install anyway” if you want to install the program you downloaded, which you probably do.

This change is part of Windows 10’s October 2018 update, which was looking pretty good until now.

These Are “App Recommendations,” Apparently

If you click the “Don’t want to be warned in the future? Open settings” link, you’ll be taken to the Settings > Apps > Apps & Features page.

It shows you the problem: Microsoft added a new “Show me app recommendations” feature, which is enabled by default.

If you click the box, you can select “Turn off app recommendations,” and Windows 10 will stop bothering you in the future—at least until Microsoft adds another annoying type of message that pushes Edge.

Imagine All the Warnings Microsoft Could Add

While Windows 10 only recommends Edge over other browsers right now, Microsoft could push more of its apps with these “recommendations.” We can see it now:

  • “Don’t install LibreOffice or OpenOffice! Start your free trial of Office 365 instead.”
  • “Dropbox or Google Drive are outdated thanks to the great OneDrive feature in Windows 10.”
  • “Skip Mozilla Thunderbird. Windows 10 comes with a Mail app.”
  • “You don’t need Steam! Get more great games like Candy Crush Saga from the Store.”
  • “Evernote isn’t any good, just use OneNote.”

Imagine a constant storm of warnings telling you not to install the software you want or need. That might be the future of Windows 10.

Microsoft keeps installing apps on our PCs without asking, and now they’re telling us what we shouldn’t install. Maybe all those people clinging to Windows 7 are on to something after all.

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Microsoft is Training Users to Ignore Safety Warnings

This is all dumb so far, but it’s not just annoying; it’s bad for security. We have a serious bone to pick with Windows 10’s development team here: This message sounds like it’s about safety, but it’s just about Microsoft’s profits.

The message that pops up calls itself a “warning,” but the only reason it’s warning you to use Edge is that Microsoft would prefer you do so. This is a great way to teach Windows 10 users to ignore actual security warning messages.

A “Do this anyway” button also appears in the Windows SmartScreen popups, which warns you before you run a downloaded application that might potentially be dangerous. Microsoft is now training users to click through these warnings, which also appear after you download and launch an app. Great job, Windows team.

Edge is Only at 4% Market Share Despite All Its Pestering

This isn’t the only message in Windows 10 that promotes Microsoft Edge. For example, even after you install Chrome or Firefox, the Settings dialog won’t let you make either your default browser without asking you to check out Edge first.

And, even after you make another browser your default, many things in Windows 10 ignore your preference and just open Edge anyway. For example, searching with Cortana always open Bing in Edge unless you install a third-party hack.

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Some of Windows 10’s more annoying advertising features encourage you to use Edge, too. For example, Microsoft has used the “tips, tricks, and suggestions” feature—again, enabled by default—to suggest you use Edge with intrusive pop-ups on your taskbar.

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Here’s the funny thing: Despite all these tricks, Edge only has about 4% of the browser market. Most Windows 10 users click through all these annoying prompts and use Chrome instead. More people use Mozilla Firefox than use Microsoft Edge.

Leave Us Alone, Microsoft!

People talk about how Google pushes Chrome, but that’s pretty different. Google offers a free search engine and other free online services. Google doesn’t put up a warning page when you search for Firefox, and it doesn’t try to slow you down when you install another browser on Android. We wish Google would quit nagging people so much too, but Microsoft is going too far.

Microsoft sells an operating system we all pay for, even if it’s built into the cost of the PCs we buy. People use Windows in the real world to run a variety of applications, not just connect to Microsoft services in half-baked “Universal” apps, “Metro” apps, or whatever we’re calling them now.

We get it, Microsoft, you want everyone to use Edge. So maybe you should make Edge a better browser instead of thinking up new ways to shove it in our faces.

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