Can't install on windows 11 home in s mode (x64)

Just got this laptop so there’s no existing install of Brave.

When running the 64 bit setup it says: for security and performance, Windows 10 in S mode runs Microsoft-verified apps. To get this app, you’ll need to switch out of S mode. Or, find a similar app in the Store.

Seems switching out of S mode is ireversable. Not sure if I should do that.

Thanks for any help.

You could download Brave from the microsoft store and see if that solves the issue.

I clicked on Get in Store app but it completes saying it isn’t compatible with Windows in S mode.

Well, then not much I know about such things. @Aman_M @rodrige @Saoiray might be able to help better.

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Thanks! Much appreciated.

Well, a lot of that is your personal choice. S Mode basically is putting your device on a closed system and gives you very little control over things, such as wanting to install programs. By limiting yourself to only Microsoft’s “network” (not right word, but work with me), it’s able to only have you run Microsoft approved things which in turn reduces the chances of malware and viruses.

Personally, I hate anything that greatly restricts my capabilities. The purpose of a computer, for me, is so I can visit anywhere I want and install any program I desire. With that always does come with increased risk, but if you use common sense you generally won’t have issues.

Guess it just comes down to the idea of asking: Do you need Microsoft to hold your hand and restrict you to keep you safe or are you able to use common sense and do it all yourself? (There’s more to it than that, but it’s just my “dumbed down” way of explaining. If working with sensitive data, some companies may require it to stay on S mode. But that’s very rare, and I’m assuming you’re talking a personal computer)

Correct, because it doesn’t go through Microsoft Store completely. If you open the Microsoft Store app and then search Brave, you’ll notice it shows the info below as you pull it up:

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Since it’s distributed by Brave and Brave manages its own updates, it wouldn’t be suitable with S Mode.

We can try to tag @Mattches in here in case he knows of any alternatives, but guessing based on what I’m seeing it just wouldn’t be an option for you so long as you want/need to keep using S Mode.

Thank you for that! I’ll wait to hear from @Mattches before making a decision but it’s looking similar to the reason why I use Androids… why restrict myself to One.

Reaching out to confirm this with the team — I would assume that this would work just fine given that it is approved by Microsoft on account of it being on their official store but there may be something I’m missing here.

I’ve reached out to some of our Windows folks for more information — will reply here when I know more.

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