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How to Turn On or Off Retail Demo Experience Mode in Windows 10

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Windows 10 includes a retail demo experience mode meant for retail use. It allows PCs on display at retail stores to go into a demonstration environment so customers can see and try the features of Windows 10.

If you purchased a demo PC, you may find that it is still be in retail demo mode with a Darrin DeYoung account, and would want to turn off the retail demo experience mode.

For developers: Create a retail demo experience app - UWP app developer | Microsoft Docs

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off the retail demo experience mode on a Windows 10 PC.

You must be signed in as an administrator to turn on or off the retail demo experience mode.

Note   Note
If you are joined to a domain, you will not be able to switch to retail demo mode until you leave the domain.

You must be connected to the Internet to switch to retail demo mode.
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Turning on the retail demo experience mode will erase everything on the PC and restore the PC to factory settings (clean install).

If you just want to test or play with this, then you should do so on a virtual machine or on a PC that you don't mind losing everything on.


CONTENTS:
  • Option One: To Turn On Retail Demo Experience Mode in Windows 10
  • Option Two: To Turn Off Retail Demo Experience Mode in Windows 10


EXAMPLE: Windows 10 Retail Demo Experience Mode
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EXAMPLE: Windows 10 Retail Demo Experience Mode Attract Loop









Turn On or Off Retail Demo Experience Mode in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Turn On or Off Retail Demo Experience Mode in Windows 10
To Turn On Retail Demo Experience Mode in Windows 10

1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Update & security icon.

2. Click/tap on Activation on the left side, and click/tap on the word Windows 5 times at the top on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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3. Click/tap on Change. (see screenshot below)

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4. Click/tap on the Advanced configuration button. (see screenshot below)
Note   Note
If you like, you can enter this info (optional) to help Microsoft get you (retailer) the latest content to show off this Windows device.


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5. Select the shutdown times you want to use for this device, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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6. Select to either turn on or off to permanently remove admin access automatically, and click/tap on Finish. (see screenshots below)

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7. Windows 10 will now restart the computer to turn on the retail demo experience mode.

8. The retail demo experience mode will be setup to automatically sign in to a default account named Darrin DeYoung. (see screenshot below)

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Turn On or Off Retail Demo Experience Mode in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Turn On or Off Retail Demo Experience Mode in Windows 10
To Turn Off Retail Demo Experience Mode in Windows 10

1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Update & security icon.

2. Click/tap on Activation on the left side, and click/tap on the word Windows 5 times at the top on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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3. Click/tap on the Advanced configuration button. (see screenshot below)

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4. Click/tap on Remove. (see screenshot below)

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5. Windows 10 will now restart the computer to turn off the retail demo experience mode.

6. When finished, Windows 10 will be sitting at the OOBE (Out-of-box experience) screen waiting for you to finish setting it up. You can pick up at step 15 here (click on link) for how to finish setting up Windows 10. (see screenshot below)

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That's it,
Shawn