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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.

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 on your system, you can bring it back by turning off S Mode, changing Group Policy and Registry Editor settings, and more. 

Key Takeaways

  • The feature may not work if you are in S Mode, have antivirus restrictions, or corrupt files in the system.
  • 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.

Why Is Windows 11 “Choose Where To Get Apps” Missing?

We can jot down multiple causes for this trouble, such as;

  • Antivirus restrictions.
  • S Mode enabled.
  • Corrupt system files.
  • Outdated Windows OS.
  • Bugs or glitches in the Microsoft Store app.
Choose Where To Save Apps
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 Important: The option may be missing due to a temporary bug, which can be fixed by restarting the system. 

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

Resort to these solutions when you face this problem on Windows 11:

  1. Switch Out Of S Mode.
  2. Modify Registry Editor.
  3. Change Local Group Policy.
  4. Load In Clean Boot Mode.
  5. Update Windows 11.
  6. Perform SFC And DISM Scans.
  7. Upgrade To Windows 11 Home.
  8. Reset Microsoft Store.

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.

Here is the simple method for this fix:

  1. Open the “Settings” on your computer.
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  2. Select “System” on the left panel and move to “Activation.”
    Activation (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  3. Choose the “S Mode” option.
  4. Press the “Open Store” button.
    S Mode
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  5. This will take you to the “Switch Out Of S Mode” screen. Hit the “Get” button.
    Get Button
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 Important: You can never return to S Mode once you switch out; hence, be sure before turning it off  

Modify Registry Editor

Be careful while dealing with the Registry Editor. Wrong settings and configurations can lead to system malfunction. Additionally, read our fixes for Windows 11 time zone greyed out.

Use the following method to edit Registry settings:

  1. Execute “regedit.msc” in the “Run” box.
  2. Enter the address, “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender\SmartScreen.”
    Enter Address
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  3. Look for the value “ConfigureAppInstallControl” and “ConfigureAppInstallControlEnabled.”
    Registry Values
    Registry Values (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  4. If present, right-click on each of them and select “Delete.”
    Delete Values
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  5. Confirm your choice by selecting “Yes.”
  6. Restart your computer.

Change Local Group Policy

We also tested switching the Local Group Policy settings for the options that control app installation on a Windows 11 computer.

This is how you need to perform this solution:

  1. Launch the menu by running “gpedit.msc” in the “Run” box.
  2. Select “Administrative Template” under “Computer Configuration.”
  3. Next, choose “Windows Components.”
    Windows Components
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  4. Then “Windows Defender SmartScreen.”
  5. Lastly, pick “Explorer.”
  6. On the right, click on “Configure App Install Control.”
    Configure App Install
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  7. Mark “Not Configured” in the window and choose “Apply.”
    Not Configured
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  8. Do a restart.

Also Read: How To Turn Off Mouse Acceleration In Windows 11

Load In Clean Boot Mode

Sometimes, third-party antivirus, like Avast, McAfee, or other software, can restrict your system’s performance. Start the computer without such software in Clean Boot mode to resolve the Windows 11 “Choose where to get apps” missing issue.

Go through these instructions to load the computer in Clean Boot mode:

  1. Come to the “Run” menu and execute “services.msc.”
  2. Go to the “Services” tab, and mark a tick beside “Hide All Microsoft Services.”
  3. Press “Disable All.”
  4. Choose “Apply” followed by “OK.”
    Disable Services
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  5. Once the prompt appears, select “Restart.”
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Update Windows 11

Moreover, you should install the latest Windows updates on your computer to ensure its smooth performance and prevent malfunctioning of any of its features or apps. Thus, look for any recent updates and install them.

Perform SFC And DISM Scans

Another way to solve this problem is by running System File Checker (SFC) and Deployment Image Servicing Management (DISM) scans in the Command Prompt window. It repairs corrupt and harmful files that could be causing the issue.

Use these codes one after another in the Command Prompt:

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

Also Read: FIXED: Windows 11 Error “No Such Interface Supported”

Upgrade To Windows 11 Home

Windows 11 Home offers better performance and fewer hindrances in the feature’s working. Therefore, upgrade your Windows edition if available on your computer.

Follow these steps to upgrade the Windows for free:

  1. Select the “System” tab on the “Settings” interface.
  2. Go to “Activation.”
    Activation (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  3. Expand the section “Upgrade Your Edition Of Windows.”
  4. Hit the “Open Store” button next to “Upgrade In Microsoft App.”
    Open Store
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  5. You should now see the Microsoft Store dialog box.
  6. Choose “Install” to upgrade your Windows.
    Install Upgrade
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Reset Microsoft Store

Resetting the Microsoft Store may be your last chance to regain the Windows 11 “Choose where to get apps” missing option. However, doing so will restore the app to the default settings and delete all its data.

Ensure to backup your account credentials before resetting:

  1. In the “Settings,” choose “Apps” on the left menu.
  2. Navigate to “Installed Apps.”
  3. Find “Microsoft Store” and click on the “Three-Dot” option in front of it.
  4. Pick “Advanced Options” in the sub-menu.
    Advanced Options
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  5. Head to the “Reset” section and press the “Repair” button.
  6. In case this does not bring the missing option back, proceed with the “Reset” button.
  7. Again, hit “Reset” in the sub-box.
    Repair And Reset Buttons
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  8. Restart the system once resetting is complete.

Also Read: Explained: How To Turn Off Efficiency Mode In Windows 11?

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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