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Windows 11: Choose Where To Get Apps Missing [FIXED]

Run SFC and DISM scans, upgrade to Windows 11 Home, and get out of S Mode to resolve the problem.

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In Windows 11, you can decide if the system can install apps from third-party sources or just the Microsoft Store. However, if the Windows 11 Choose Where To Get Apps is missing, check if your computer’s S mode is enabled. If yes, get out of the mode to utilize this feature.

Key Takeaways
  • The feature may not work if you are in S Mode, have antivirus restrictions, or have corrupt files.
  • Bring back the missing option by switching out of S Mode, upgrading to Windows 11 Home, and loading Clean Boot mode.
  • You may need to reset the Microsoft Store if other fixes fail.

Method Difficulty Rating

Disable S Mode
Rated: 3/10

Modify Policy
Rated: 4/10

Upgrade Windows
Rated: 4/10

Important: Ensure you are signed in as Administrator to configure Windows settings. 

A Normal "Choose Where To Get Apps" Option
A Normal “Choose Where To Get Apps” Option (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Switch Out Of S Mode

S Mode is a dedicated feature on Windows 11 that protects your computer from threats and viruses by preventing downloads from unreliable sources. You can only install apps from the Microsoft Store when this is enabled, as also confirmed by a Windows Insider MVP on Windows 11 Forums.

Consequently, I verified that the S mode is deactivated on my computer using the following steps.

  1. Launch Activation Section: Open the Settings > System > Activation.
  2. Select S Mode: Choose the S Mode option > Open Store.
    S Mode
    Choose Open Store Option (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  3. Disable S Mode: This will take you to the Switch Out Of S Mode screen > Get.
    Get Button
    Hit The Get Button (Image By Tech4Gamers)
WARNING: You can never return to S Mode once you switch out; hence, be sure before turning it off.  

Change Group Policy

A certain Policy in Windows, known as the App Install Control, looks after the app installation on your computer. When this was enabled, it restricted me from installing apps from anywhere other than the Microsoft Store. 

So, I set this Policy to Not Configured, then tried installing the desired app from another source, which re-enabled the Choose Where To Get Apps option in my Windows 11. 

  1. Execute Code In Run: Launch the menu by running gpedit.msc in the Run box.
  2. Move To Windows Components: Select Computer Configuration > Administrative Template > Windows Components.
    Windows Components
    Navigate To Windows Components (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  3. Select Relevant Policy: Go to Windows Defender SmartScreen > Explorer > Configure App Install Control.
    Configure App Install
    Select Configure App Install (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  4. Set To Not Configured: Mark Not Configured in the window > Apply > Restart the computer.
    Not Configured
    Mark Not Configured (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Upgrade To Windows 11 Pro

Windows 11 Pro offers better performance and fewer hindrances to the user experience. Therefore, I upgraded my Windows edition and immediately noticed a better functioning of its features. Follow these steps to upgrade the Windows for free.

  1. Open Windows Activation: Select the System tab in the Settings interface > Activation.
  2. Click Open Store: Expand the section Upgrade Your Edition Of Windows > Hit the Open Store button next to Upgrade In Microsoft App.
    Open Store
    Press Open Store (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  3. Press Install: Choose Install to upgrade your Windows.
    Install Upgrade
    Install Upgrade (Image By Tech4Gamers)

This simple solution has also been super effective in resolving the error for many users in the Microsoft Community.

Note: The upgrade option may not be available on all computers. 

Wrap Up

When researching this problem, I came across another user on Windows 10 Forums who faced a similar issue in Windows 10. This means that the error is not limited to a certain Windows version, yet Microsoft hasn’t recommended any official fix or addressed the trouble in their recent updates.

Nevertheless, the above solutions were pretty useful in restoring the Choose Where To Get Apps feature in my OS. Once back, I had greater control over the app installation on my computer and could easily get them from third-party sources as well.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Can’t I Find “Choose Where To Get Apps” In Windows 11?

It may happen due to S mode enabled, inaccurate Registry and Local Group Policy settings, and more.

How Do I Fix Windows 11 “Choose Where To Get Apps” Missing Issue?

Disable the S Mode, perform SFC and DISM scans, and delete relevant Group Policy values to solve the problem.

Will Disabling S Mode Put My Computer At Risk?

While S Mode enhances your system’s security, it might limit the app installation process. Thus, disabling the S Mode may make your system prone to threats.

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