How I Escaped from S-Mode Hell

Recently I got a great deal on a CORE 2-in-1 Touchscreen Laptop from, it had everything I wanted at a good price. The only problem, it had Windows 11 S-Mode. If you don’t know what is the STUPID MODE for Microsoft Windows is, let me just warn you–beware. I thought I know computers, I can fix stupid. Wrong. A lot of people got stuck in Windows 10 S-Mode and were unable to upgrade to the full version of Windows 1o. Here were at Windows 11 and S-Mode continues to be a problem for Microsoft customers.

While Microsoft argues that Windows 10 S Mode helps protect people – as you shouldn’t be able to download malicious software from the internet while using it – most people find being confined to the Microsoft Store frustrating, especially sense the software you use every day isn’t even available at the Microsoft Store. The saving grace of Windows 10 S Mode was that it’s supposed to be relatively easy to switch to the full version of Windows – but for many users the button you click to switch out of Windows S Mode does not appear where is should.

The ‘Switch out of S Mode’ page isn’t loading – instead, the Microsoft Store is showing a blank screen or page with no “Get” button. People, like myself have spent hours hunting for a solution that cannot be found, some of Microsofts on help page are returning 404 error on this subject. That tells me it has been a problem for a long time and no one cares. This is called S-Mode hell. It turns out was reported in 2019 and here we are three years later, no solution.

The good news is that Microsoft is aware of the problem. Windows Latest got in contact(opens in new tab) with Microsoft Support, and was told that: “Microsoft is aware that some users are unable to upgrade to Pro Edition or switch out of S mode as a result of this blank page. We are investigating the cause and when a resolution is available the Store will update without any user action necessary.”

“The Store will update,” they said? It has been three years and no update yet!

It’s this kind of unreliability which makes people keen to leave Windows 10 S Mode and never use the Microsoft Store again. The only people who would put up with this are the elderly, but when they die what will Microsoft do then? Buy that time this bug (that has become a feature) will have killed off all their customers. They say this is their answer to Chrome, but they are driving your own customers into the arms of Chrome OS FLEX, which is where I was forced to go.

I just followed these instructions and it worked perfectly, I am now a happy Chrome OS user.