Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Win10 – GPOs – Hiding pages in Settings app

Since Windows 10 came to live for IT Administrators, one of the most requested features concerning GPOs was the ability, just like in Windows 7, to show only some “things” on the Settings app like it was possible in Windows 7 Control Panel.

Well, since Windows 10 version 1703 (Creators Update) there a new GPO setting that does that!

If your editing policies through a Windows 10 v1703, or after updating your ADMX files on the your domain, you’ll find this new GPO setting here:

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel

Here you’ll find a setting called “Settings Page Visibility

Now, using a prefix you can choose what to do:
showonly: will keep the option visible but with no possible “interacting”
hide: will make he option to completely disappear

Now you just need merge this “prefix” with one of the “short urls” of the pages you want.

For example, if you don’t want to show Cortana page, you should use it like this:

Here’s a list of some of the pages. Just keep in mind you should merge without the ms-settings: part.
For more settings it’s easier just to search on Google or Bing:

  • ms-settings:about
  • ms-settings:activation
  • ms-settings:appsfeatures
  • ms-settings:appsforwebsites
  • ms-settings:backup
  • ms-settings:batterysaver
  • ms-settings:bluetooth
  • ms-settings:colors
  • ms-settings:cortana
  • ms-settings:datausage
  • ms-settings:dateandtime
  • ms-settings:defaultapps
  • ms-settings:developers
    • ms-settings:deviceencryption
    • ms-settings:display
    • ms-settings:emailandaccounts
    • ms-settings:extras
    • ms-settings:findmydevice
    • ms-settings:lockscreen
    • ms-settings:maps
    • ms-settings:network-ethernet
    • ms-settings:network-mobilehotspot
    • ms-settings:network-proxy
    • ms-settings:network-vpn
    • ms-settings:network-directaccess
    • ms-settings:network-wifi
    • ms-settings:notifications
    • ms-settings:optionalfeatures
    • ms-settings:powersleep
    • ms-settings:printers
    • ms-settings:privacy
    • ms-settings:personalization
    • ms-settings:recovery
    • ms-settings:regionlanguage
    • ms-settings:storagesense
    • ms-settings:tabletmode
    • ms-settings:taskbar
    • ms-settings:themes
    • ms-settings:troubleshoot
    • ms-settings:typing
    • ms-settings:usb
    • ms-settings:windowsdefender
    • ms-settings:windowsinsider
    • ms-settings:windowsupdate
    • ms-settings:yourinfo

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