Updated: March 20, 2023
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How do i change the settings so unverified microsoft apps can be downloaded?

Hello, thank you for using Howly.
In order to resolve the issue, please, do the following:

  1. Go to Settings > Apps > Apps & features.
  2. In the right pane of Apps & features, under Choose where to get apps, select theAnywhere option.
  3. This will then allow you to install non-Microsoft Store apps.
Customer Replay

this is the issue though, the choose where to get apps option isn't there

What Windows do you have?

Customer Replay

i believe its windows 11
its a brand new laptop


Can you tell me the model, please?

Customer Replay

HP pavilion x360
the model number is 14-dy0520sa if that helps

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Appreciate the details
Okay, let's try enabling the Developer Mode.
Developer Mode is a policy that allows you to lift the original system restrictions to install certain apps on Windows 11.

Customer Replay

of course lol i just don't know what you need, not techy at all lol
okie dokie how do i do that lol

  1. Open Settings on Windows 11.
  2. Click on Privacy & security.
  3. Select the For developers page on the right side.
  4. Turn on the Developer Mode toggle switch to enable the feature.
  5. Click the Yes button.

Once you complete the steps, Windows 11 will be open to receive Microsoft Store apps from any source.
Let me know if there are any issues, please :)

Customer Replay

ok one sec let me try this
nah it's still directing me to get apps from the store xD

Did you enable the developer mode?

Customer Replay

yep it's on but still won't let me download anything external

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What are you trying to install?

Customer Replay

it comes up recommending that i change my app recommendation settings but then that option doesn't exist
i'm trying to download steam, discord and google chrome and none are working lol

Okay, thank you!
Do you know how to take a screenshot on your device?

Customer Replay

yep! what do you need?

Great! So you know something at technology, *****😄
Please, go to Settings > Apps > Apps & features and take a screenshot of what you see.
To attach your screenshot to our chat, you need to press the paper clip button in the lower right corner of the chat window. Then you have to choose an image and confirm sending.

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hahaha true!
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did that work?
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and then when i enter the app settings its this that i see
so the change app recommendation bit isn't there

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Okay, noted.
Let's check the version of Windows.

  • Hit the Windows key on your keyboard and type system information in the Windows search bar.
  • On System Information in search results.
    Send me a screenshot, please.
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Thank you!

Customer Replay

no probs lol

I see! Just as I suspected, your device runs in Windows S mode. Let's switch out from it.

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  • Open the Windows Settings app using the Windows + I key combination.
  • Having the System tab selected on the left pane, click on Activation in the right pane.
  • On this Activation page, you will see Switch to Windows 11/10 Home or Pro based on your version.
    Action process and switch out of S mode.
    Disregard the line after the 3-rd point.
    Here's what to do next:
    In this section, click on the link Go to the Microsoft store.
  • In the Switch Out of S mode pop up, click on the Get button.
    Then, click on Install.
    Finally, click on Yes, let’s go to confirm the installation process and switch out of S mode.
Customer Replay

AHHH it worked!!
thank you so much for your help!! <3

You are most welcome, ***** <3
Thank you very much for your cooperation!

Customer Replay

so happy that took way too long of me messing around by myself before contacting you lol
thank you!

You are welcome, once again! It was a pleasure working with you

Customer Replay

thank you! bye!

Please feel free to contact us at any time. We'll be happy to help you. Have a nice one!

Customer Replay

same to u!

Appreciate it :)

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