Is there *any* way to exit Windows 10 Home S mode whilst using...  


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    10 Home S Mode
       #1

    Is there *any* way to exit Windows 10 Home S mode whilst using...


    ...A local account? I am setting-up a new Laptop and S mode is new to me. As many of you will know, S mode apparently means that you can only download from the Microsoft store.

    I much prefer to use a local account because I believe (rightly or wrongly) that it offers more privacy and I don't really want to use any of the additional features that come with a Microsoft-linked account.

    I have followed the guides available on YouTube and with all it seems you need a 'linked' account top switch to Windows 10 Home from Windows 10 S Mode.

    is there any way to do this with a local account at all?

    Thanks for reading.
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  2. Posts : 29,382
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 22H2
       #2

    Hi Rubbish. Welcome to TenForums @Rubbish

    Have you seen our tutorial

    Switch out of S mode in Windows 10 for Free

    It says you have to be an administrator. I know you have to use store but I've used store without an account. Yes it will ask if you have an account or suggest you to use an account.

    Ken
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  3. Posts : 4
    10 Home S Mode
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Hi Ken thanks for reading and for your reply!

    Regarding the tutorial, it stalls at step 3. A popup box opens and it tells you to sign-in. You click on 'next' but it doesn't work, it tells you to enter the email address linked to the account.

    Is there another way around this?

    Thanks again!
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  4. Posts : 22
    Windows 10 Enterprise 1909 version 10.0.18363 Build 18363 (Native-Boot VDisk (*.vhdx)
       #4

    Do an in-place upgrade to Windows 10 Home, you can find the installation media here.

    Hope this helps,
    Yokiaza
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  5. Posts : 4
    10 Home S Mode
    Thread Starter
       #5

    Thanks Yokiaza - I am on a different PC at the moment but will try this later!

    Stupid question - do I have the 'License' to update to 10?
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    10 Home x64 (22H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #6

    Rubbish said:
    Stupid question - do I have the 'License' to update to 10?

    Both Home and Pro can come in S Mode. Many consumer machine these days come with Home in S Mode, particularly the low end ones. Which ever you have, Home S or Pro S, the license will allow you to use the same edition in 'normal' mode. Note that the switch out of S Mode is one way, you cannot go back to S Mode.
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  7. Posts : 4
    10 Home S Mode
    Thread Starter
       #7

    Thank you all so much!!!

    - - - Updated - - -

    Thank you all so much!!! I shall do this tomorrow and if successful will mark this as solves. You are fantastic!
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  8. Posts : 29,382
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 22H2
       #8

    If you set up as a local could I recommend you set up an alternate Admin. This gives you easy access should there be an issue with the owners account.

    I like to call it a second set of keys to the car and is easier than enabling the built in administrator.
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