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Microsoft announced a new version of Windows 10 at its Build 2017 conference. The new version was called “Windows 10 S” which was termed as the most secure operating system as all the apps were downloaded directly from the Microsoft Store with no access to any  Win32 applications.

The company later announced that Windows 10 S will be re branded as “S mode” and will be made available for all versions of the operating system. The S mode meant that users will not get access to any Win32 apps and need to download only apps available from the Microsoft Store.

Now this is going to change with a kill switch which has been sighted in the Microsoft Store with build 17134, which let’s users to switch out of S mode and run full Windows 10 version. The Kill switch is currently available in the Microsoft Store listing with name “Switch out of S mode”.

The Switch allows users to get the option of installing other apps like Win32 apps which are not verified by Microsoft. However we would also like to inform our users that if you use the app to switch out of S mode, then you will not be able to get back to the S mode since the app is a one way process.

If you are looking to re enable S mode then you would need to use a recovery drive for the same. Microsoft earlier confirmed that the S mode will be made available to the Windows 10 users with the release of Windows 10 Redstone 4 ala Spring Creators Update or April 2018 Update.

It is always advisable for users on S mode to stay put on the same version as S mode has been termed as the most secure operating system since it does not give access to Win32 software which helps users to stay away from malware and other threats.

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Akshay Waghray

Akshay Waghray, who holds a degree in Computer Science, was a former technology news reporter for Windows Latest and his area of expertise include Windows. Articles contributed by Akshay have been referred by big publications such as TechRadar, XDA Developers, Future Inc, Purge, and others over the years. At Windows Latest, Akshay has written and edited thousands of articles using his decades long experience with Windows Server and Windows Update for Business.