Your new computer has Windows 11 S Mode, and you are not sure how to get your apps and files to it? This tutorial will help you do that in a few easy steps.
S Mode is a special type of Windows 11, which essentially limits you to only using Microsoft Store apps. While in S Mode, Windows 11 will not allow you to install any 3rd party programs – no regular Office (only its Store / Cloud version), no Quickbooks, no Adobe software and so on.
S Mode has originally been designed by Microsoft for us in educational environments, where teachers want to limit students from using their PCs for non-school tasks. It has then expanded to general “easy locked down Windows”, which has caused quite a bit of backlash when regular computer users found out that they cannot use their new computers normally, due to a Microsoft-imposed lockdown.
Luckily, there is a way to switch out of S Mode.
This is the first thing we need to do – before we can transfer your apps and files from the old computer to your S Mode computer.
Switching out of S Mode (and into normal Windows 11 mode) is simple. Here is how to do that (these steps are taken from Microsoft’s official guide on switching out of S mode):
That’s it! Now that your Windows is no longer locked down, and S Mode is gone, you can transfer your programs, settings and files from the old computer to your new computer (the one that was in S Mode).
We will now see how to transfer your stuff from your old computer to new computer – programs, settings, documents, pictures, music, movies, favorites, wallpaper and all files.
Now that the new computer is no longer in S Mode, you can use your programs without the S Mode limitations.
Here is how to do the transfer:
That’s it – you now have your programs and files up and running on your new computer, without S Mode limitations!