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Changed Answer File Settings from Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012

Updated: April 9, 2014

Applies To: Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2

This topic describes Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 answer-file settings that have changed since Windows® 8 and Windows Server® 2012.

These settings are new in Windows 8.1 Update, Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2:

 

New setting Description

Microsoft-Windows-CoreMmRes\CameraSoundLevel

Sets the volume of the sound played when a user starts a recording, stops a recording, takes a photo or starts a photo sequence. New for Windows 8.1 Update.

Microsoft-Windows-CoreMmRes\NoPhysicalCameraLED

Indicates that there is no physical LED for the device’s camera. New for Windows 8.1 Update.

Microsoft-Windows-GPIOButtons\ConvertibleSlateMode

Sets the touchscreen behavior for a laptop, a PC with permanently attached keyboard available at any time for typing comfortably

Microsoft-Windows-SecureStartup-FilterDriver\PreventDeviceEncryption

Prevents encrypting the operating system drive and any fixed data drive using Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption.

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup\DesktopOptimization

Specifies display settings that affect the desktop. New for Windows 8.1 Update.

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup \ShowPowerButtonOnStartScreen

Specifies that the Power Options button is displayed on the Start Screen. New for Windows 8.1 Update.

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup\StartTiles\SquareTiles\SquareOrDesktopTile7

Specifies which application appears as a square tile on the Start screen, in position SquareOrDesktopTile7. New for Windows 8.1 Update.

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup\StartTiles\SquareTiles\SquareOrDesktopTile8

Specifies which application appears as a square tile on the Start screen, in position SquareOrDesktopTile8. New for Windows 8.1 Update.

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup\StartTiles\SquareTiles\SquareOrDesktopTile9

Specifies which application appears as a square tile on the Start screen, in position SquareOrDesktopTile9. New for Windows 8.1 Update.

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup\StartTiles\SquareTiles\SquareOrDesktopTile10

Specifies which application appears as a square tile on the Start screen, in position SquareOrDesktopTile10. New for Windows 8.1 Update.

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup\StartTiles\SquareTiles\SquareOrDesktopTile11

Specifies which application appears as a square tile on the Start screen, in position SquareOrDesktopTile11. New for Windows 8.1 Update.

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup\StartTiles\SquareTiles\SquareOrDesktopTile12

Specifies which application appears as a square tile on the Start screen, in position SquareOrDesktopTile12. New for Windows 8.1 Update.

Microsoft-Windows-SystemSettings\DisplayNetworkSelection

Specifies whether to always show the Network Selection control in the Mobile Broadband Properties dialog.

Microsoft-Windows-SystemSettings\WiFiToWlan

Replaces the. Wi-Fi heading in the Networks list with WLAN.

Microsoft-Windows-WwanUI\NotInOOBE

Hides mobile broadband devices and networks in OOBE.

Security-Malware-Windows-Defender\DefinitionUpdateFileSharesSources

Configures UNC file share sources for downloading definition updates for Windows® Defender.

Security-Malware-Windows-Defender\EnableRemoteManagedDefaults

Specifies whether to configure Windows® Defender to be remotely managed using recommended default settings.

Security-Malware-Windows-Defender\FallbackOrder

Specifies the order in which different definition update sources should be contacted by Windows Defender.

Security-Malware-Windows-Defender\Scan

Specifies settings that configure the scheduled scan for Windows® Defender.

Security-Malware-Windows-Defender\SignatureUpdateInterval

Specifies the interval Windows® Defender checks for definition updates.

Security-Malware-Windows-Defender\ThreatSeverityDefaultAction

Specifies settings that define the default action to be taken for specific threat alert levels.

These Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 settings have changed from Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012:

 

Changed setting Description of setting Description of change

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup\StartTiles\RegionalOverrides\RegionalOverride\Order

Specifies a unique id for a set of regions. In the specified set of regions, Windows displays a customized set of apps that appear on the Start and Lock screens.

Changed the maximum value of unique IDs for the regional override from 19 to 199.

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup\VisualEffects\SystemDefaultBackgroundColor

Specifies the system default Windows background color scheme appearing on first boot, and on LogonUI if no user is selected.

Added new color scheme for Windows 8.1.

Networking-MPSSVC-Svc: DomainProfile_DisableNotifications, PrivateProfile_DisableNotifications, and PublicProfile_DisableNotifications.

Multiple settings

Changed default value for Windows RT 8.1.

The following Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 settings are not supported in Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2, and may be removed in a future release. The following table includes status of the setting, and recommendations for new settings to use when applicable:

 

Deprecated setting from Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 Status or recommendation for Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2

Microsoft-Windows-MobilePC-Sensors-API\SensorPermissions\Sensor\Enable

This is not applicable for Windows 8.1.

Microsoft-Windows-MobilePC-Sensors-API\SensorPermissions\Sensor\GUID

This is not applicable for Windows 8.1.

Microsoft-Windows-MobilePC-Sensors-API\SensorPermissions\Sensor\GUIDClassification

This is not applicable for Windows 8.1.

Microsoft-Windows-MobilePC-Sensors-API\SensorPermissions\Sensor\Order

This is not applicable for Windows 8.1.

Microsoft-Windows-SecureStartup-FilterDriver\InPlaceCrypto

This is not applicable for Windows 8.1.

Microsoft-Windows-SecureStartup-FilterDriver\ModifiedWriteMaximum

This is not applicable for Windows 8.1.

Microsoft-Windows-SecureStartup-FilterDriver \ReadDoubleBuffering

This is not applicable for Windows 8.1.

These settings in the Microsoft-Windows-IE-InternetExplorer component are deprecated:

 

Deprecated setting name Status or recommendation

Microsoft-Windows-IE-InternetExplorer\AllSitesCompatibilityMode

This setting is not supported.

Microsoft-Windows-IE-InternetExplorer\DisableWelcomePage

This setting was deprecated in Windows 8 and is no longer supported.

Microsoft-Windows-IE-InternetExplorer\NoDial

Internet Explorer 9 through Internet Explorer 11 do not include an IEAK-based sign-up process.

Microsoft-Windows-IE-InternetExplorer\PreApprovedAddons

Add-ons can still be installed but they will be disabled, by default. Users will be able to choose the add-ons to enable.

Microsoft-Windows-IE-InternetExplorer\ShowCompatibilityViewButton

This setting is not supported.

Microsoft-Windows-IE-InternetExplorer\SmallCommandBarIcons

This setting is not supported.

Microsoft-Windows-IE-InternetExplorer\Scope\DisplayQuickPick

This setting is not supported.

We recommend these replacements for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 settings that have been removed from Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012:

 

Removed setting from Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 Recommendation for Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2

Microsoft-Windows-PerfCenterCPL\WindowsExperienceIndexOemInfo\HardwareUpgradeURL

No recommendation.

Microsoft-Windows-PerfCenterCPL\WindowsExperienceIndexOemInfo\Logo

No recommendation.

Microsoft-Windows-AllUserInstallAgent\LogonWaitForPackageRegistration

No recommendation.

These settings in the Microsoft-Windows-IE-InternetExplorer component are removed:

 

Deprecated setting name Status or recommendation

Microsoft-Windows-IE-InternetExplorer: EnableLinksBar, ShowCommandBar, ShowMenuBar, and ShowStatusBar.

Users can still make these bars appear in Internet Explorer for the desktop.

Microsoft-Windows-IE-InternetExplorer\IEWelcomeMsg

To skip the First Run wizard and the welcome page when Internet Explorer starts for the first time, use the DisableFirstRunWizard settings.

Microsoft-Windows-IE-InternetExplorer\PrintBackground

This setting is not supported.

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