“Choose where to get apps” is Missing in Settings

When you open Settings → Apps → “Advanced app settings” in Windows 11 or Settings → Apps → Apps & Features in Windows 10, the “Choose where to get apps from” option may be missing.

"choose where to get apps" is missing in s-mode

You may be unable to install apps outside of Microsoft Store. Doing so results in the message, “The app you’re trying to install isn’t a Microsoft-verified app.”

"choose where to get apps" is missing in s-mode


The “Choose where to get apps from” option will be unavailable if your Windows installation is in S Mode. You can check that by opening the Settings App, clicking System, and selecting “Activation.”

If it’s in S mode, it says “Windows 11 Home in S mode.”

windows 11 s-mode - activation tab

S mode is designed for security and performance, exclusively running apps from the Microsoft Store.


You need to exit S mode to install apps from outside the Microsoft Store. Switching out of S mode is one-way. If you make the switch, you won’t be able to go back to Windows 10 in S mode. There’s no charge to switch out of S mode.

  1. To switch out of S mode, click here to open the Microsoft Store to the Switch out of S mode (or similar) page.switch out of S mode via Store

    Alternatively, you can run ms-windows-store://pdp/?productid=BF712690PMLF from the Run dialog to open the Store app to that page.

  2. On the Switch out of S mode page, select the Get button. After you see a confirmation message on the page, you’ll be able to install apps from outside of the Microsoft Store.

See also

Windows 10 and Windows 11 in S mode FAQ – Microsoft Support

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Ramesh Srinivasan is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a consecutive ten-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award in the Windows Shell/Desktop Experience category, from 2003 to 2012. He loves to troubleshoot and write about Windows. Ramesh founded Winhelponline.com in 2005.

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