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Manage connections from Windows operating system components to Microsoft services

Brian Lich|Last Updated: 2/3/2017
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Applies to

  • Windows 10
  • Windows Server 2016

If you're looking for content on what each telemetry level means and how to configure it in your organization, see Configure Windows telemetry in your organization.

Learn about the network connections that Windows components make to Microsoft and also the privacy settings that affect data that is shared with either Microsoft or apps and how they can be managed by an IT Pro.

If you want to minimize connections from Windows to Microsoft services, or configure particular privacy settings, this article covers the settings that you could consider. You can configure telemetry at the lowest level for your edition of Windows, and also evaluate which other connections Windows makes to Microsoft services you want to turn off in your environment from the list in this article.

You can configure telemetry at the Security level, turn off Windows Defender telemetry and MSRT reporting, and turn off all other connections to Microsoft network endpoints as described in this article to help prevent Windows from sending any data to Microsoft. There are many reasons why these communications are enabled by default, such as updating malware definitions and maintain current certificate revocation lists, which is why we strongly recommend against this. This data helps us deliver a secure, reliable, and more delightful personalized experience.

To help make it easier to deploy settings to restrict connections from Windows 10 to Microsoft, you can apply the Windows Restricted Traffic Limited Functionality Baseline. This baseline was created in the same way as the Windows security baselines that are often used to efficiently configure Windows to a known secure state. Running the Windows Restricted Traffic Limited Functionality Baseline on devices in your organization will allow you to quickly configure all of the settings covered in this document. However, some of the settings reduce the functionality and security configuration of your device and are therefore not recommended. Make sure should you've chosen the right settings configuration for your environment before applying. Applying this baseline is equivalent to applying the Windows 10 steps covered in this article.

We are always striving to improve our documentation and welcome your feedback. You can provide feedback by contacting telmhelp@microsoft.com.

What's new in Windows 10, version 1607 and Windows Server 2016

Here's a list of changes that were made to this article for Windows 10, version 1607 and Windows Server 2016:

  • Added instructions on how to turn off speech recognition and speech synthesis model updates in 14.5 Speech, inking, & typing.
  • Added instructions on how to turn off flip ahead with an Internet Explorer Group Policy.
  • Added a section on how to turn off automatic root updates to stop updating the certificate trust list in 1. Certificate trust lists.
  • Added a new setting in 25. Windows Update.
  • Changed the NCSI URL in 11. Network Connection Status Indicator.
  • Added a section on how to turn off features that depend on Microsoft Account cloud authentication service 10. Microsoft Account.

  • Added the following Group Policies:

    • Turn off unsolicited network traffic on the Offline Maps settings page
    • Turn off all Windows spotlight features

Settings

The following sections list the components that make network connections to Microsoft services by default. You can configure these settings to control the data that is sent to Microsoft. To prevent Windows from sending any data to Microsoft, configure telemetry at the Security level, turn off Windows Defender telemetry and MSRT reporting, and turn off all of these connections.

If you're running Windows 10, they will be included in the next update for the Long Term Servicing Branch.

Settings for Windows 10 Enterprise, version 1607

See the following table for a summary of the management settings for Windows 10 Enterprise, version 1607.

SettingUIGroup PolicyMDM policyRegistryCommand line
1. Certificate trust listsCheck mark
2. Cortana and SearchCheck markCheck markCheck markCheck mark
3. Date & TimeCheck markCheck mark
4. Device metadata retrievalCheck mark
5. Font streamingCheck markCheck mark
6. Insider Preview buildsCheck markCheck markCheck markCheck mark
7. Internet ExplorerCheck markCheck mark
8. Live TilesCheck mark
9. Mail synchronizationCheck markCheck mark
10. Microsoft AccountCheck mark
11. Microsoft EdgeCheck markCheck markCheck markCheck mark
12. Network Connection Status IndicatorCheck mark
13. Offline mapsCheck markCheck mark
14. OneDriveCheck markCheck mark
15. Preinstalled appsCheck markCheck mark
16. Settings > Privacy
    16.1 GeneralCheck markCheck markCheck markCheck mark
    16.2 LocationCheck markCheck markCheck mark
    16.3 CameraCheck markCheck markCheck mark
    16.4 MicrophoneCheck markCheck mark
    16.5 NotificationsCheck markCheck mark
    16.6 Speech, inking, & typingCheck markCheck markCheck markCheck mark
    16.7 Account infoCheck markCheck mark
    16.8 ContactsCheck markCheck mark
    16.9 CalendarCheck markCheck mark
    16.10 Call historyCheck markCheck mark
    16.11 EmailCheck markCheck mark
    16.12 MessagingCheck markCheck mark
    16.13 RadiosCheck markCheck mark
    16.14 Other devicesCheck markCheck markCheck mark
    16.15 Feedback & diagnosticsCheck markCheck markCheck markCheck mark
    16.16 Background appsCheck mark
    16.17 MotionCheck markCheck mark
17. Software Protection PlatformCheck markCheck mark
18. Sync your settingsCheck markCheck markCheck mark
19. TeredoCheck markCheck mark
20. Wi-Fi SenseCheck markCheck markCheck mark
21. Windows DefenderCheck markCheck markCheck mark
22. Windows Media PlayerCheck markCheck mark
23. Windows spotlightCheck markCheck mark
24. Windows StoreCheck mark
25. Windows Update Delivery OptimizationCheck markCheck markCheck mark
26. Windows UpdateCheck markCheck markCheck mark

Settings for Windows Server 2016 with Desktop Experience

See the following table for a summary of the management settings for Windows Server 2016 with Desktop Experience.

SettingUIGroup PolicyRegistryCommand line
1. Certificate trust listsCheck markCheck mark
2. Cortana and SearchCheck markCheck mark
3. Date & TimeCheck markCheck mark
4. Device metadata retrievalCheck mark
5. Font streamingCheck markCheck mark
6. Insider Preview buildsCheck markCheck mark
7. Internet ExplorerCheck markCheck mark
8. Live TilesCheck mark
10. Microsoft AccountCheck mark
12. Network Connection Status IndicatorCheck mark
14. OneDriveCheck mark
16. Settings > Privacy
    16.1 GeneralCheck markCheck markCheck mark
17. Software Protection PlatformCheck mark
19. TeredoCheck markCheck mark
21. Windows DefenderCheck markCheck mark
22. Windows Media PlayerCheck mark
24. Windows StoreCheck mark
26. Windows UpdateCheck markCheck mark

Settings for Windows Server 2016 Server Core

See the following table for a summary of the management settings for Windows Server 2016 Server Core.

SettingGroup PolicyRegistryCommand line
1. Certificate trust listsCheck markCheck mark
3. Date & TimeCheck mark
5. Font streamingCheck markCheck mark
12. Network Connection Status IndicatorCheck mark
17. Software Protection PlatformCheck mark
19. TeredoCheck markCheck mark
21. Windows DefenderCheck markCheck mark
26. Windows UpdateCheck markCheck mark

Settings for Windows Server 2016 Nano Server

See the following table for a summary of the management settings for Windows Server 2016 Nano Server.

SettingRegistryCommand line
1. Certificate trust listsCheck mark
3. Date & TimeCheck mark
19. TeredoCheck mark
26. Windows UpdateCheck mark

Settings

Use the following sections for more information about how to configure each setting.

1. Certificate trust lists

A certificate trust list is a predefined list of items, such as a list of certificate hashes or a list of file name, that are signed by a trusted entity. Windows automatically downloads an updated certificate trust list when it is available.

To turn off the automatic download of an updated certificate trust list, you can turn off automatic root updates, which also includes the disallowed certificate list and the pin rules list.

For Windows 10, Windows Server 2016 with Desktop Experience, and Windows Server 2016 Server Core:

  • Enable the Group Policy: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Internet Communication Management > Internet Communication Settings > Turn off Automatic Root Certificates Update

    -and-

  1. Navigate to Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Public Key Policies.
  2. Double-click Certificate Path Validation Settings.
  3. On the Network Retrieval tab, select the Define these policy settings check box.
  4. Clear the Automatically update certificates in the Microsoft Root Certificate Program (recommended) check box, and then click OK.

    -or-

  • Create the registry path HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\SystemCertificates\AuthRoot and then add a REG_DWORD registry setting, called DisableRootAutoUpdate, with a value of 1.

    -and-

  1. Navigate to Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Public Key Policies.
  2. Double-click Certificate Path Validation Settings.
  3. On the Network Retrieval tab, select the Define these policy settings check box.
  4. Clear the Automatically update certificates in the Microsoft Root Certificate Program (recommended) check box, and then click OK.

On Windows Server 2016 Nano Server:

  • Create the registry path HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\SystemCertificates\AuthRoot and then add a REG_DWORD registry setting, called DisableRootAutoUpdate, with a value of 1.
Note

CRL and OCSP network traffic is currently whitelisted and will still show up in network traces. CRL and OCSP checks are made to the issuing certificate authorities. Microsoft is one of them, but there are many others, such as DigiCert, Thawte, Google, Symantec, and VeriSign.

2. Cortana and Search

Use either Group Policy or MDM policies to manage settings for Cortana. For more info, see Cortana, Search, and privacy: FAQ.

2.1 Cortana and Search Group Policies

Find the Cortana Group Policy objects under Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Search.

PolicyDescription
Allow CortanaChoose whether to let Cortana install and run on the device.

Disable this policy to turn off Cortana.
Allow search and Cortana to use locationChoose whether Cortana and Search can provide location-aware search results.

Disable this policy to block access to location information for Cortana.
Do not allow web searchChoose whether to search the web from Windows Desktop Search.

Enable this policy to remove the option to search the Internet from Cortana.
Don't search the web or display web results in SearchChoose whether to search the web from Cortana.

Enable this policy to stop web queries and results from showing in Search.
Set what information is shared in SearchControl what information is shared with Bing in Search.

If you enable this policy and set it to Anonymous info, usage information will be shared but not search history, Microsoft Account information, or specific location.

In Windows 10, version 1507 and Windows 10, version 1511, when you enable the Don't search the web or display web results in Search Group Policy, you can control the behavior of whether Cortana searches the web to display web results. However, this policy only covers whether or not web search is performed. There could still be a small amount of network traffic to Bing.com to evaluate if certain Cortana components are up-to-date or not. In order to turn off that network activity completely, you can create a Windows Firewall rule to prevent outbound traffic.

Important

These steps are not required for devices running Windows 10, version 1607 or Windows Server 2016.

  1. Expand Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Windows Firewall with Advanced Security > Windows Firewall with Advanced Security - <LDAP name>, and then click Outbound Rules.

  2. Right-click Outbound Rules, and then click New Rule. The New Outbound Rule Wizard starts.

  3. On the Rule Type page, click Program, and then click Next.

  4. On the Program page, click This program path, type %windir%\systemapps\Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy\SearchUI.exe, and then click Next.

  5. On the Action page, click Block the connection, and then click Next.

  6. On the Profile page, ensure that the Domain, Private, and Public check boxes are selected, and then click Next.

  7. On the Name page, type a name for the rule, such as Cortana firewall configuration, and then click Finish.

  8. Right-click the new rule, click Properties, and then click Protocols and Ports.

  9. Configure the Protocols and Ports page with the following info, and then click OK.

    • For Protocol type, choose TCP.

    • For Local port, choose All Ports.

    • For Remote port, choose All ports.

If your organization tests network traffic, do not use a network proxy as Windows Firewall does not block proxy traffic. Instead, use a network traffic analyzer. Based on your needs, there are many network traffic analyzers available at no cost.

2.2 Cortana and Search MDM policies

For Windows 10 only, the following Cortana MDM policies are available in the Policy CSP.

PolicyDescription
Experience/AllowCortanaChoose whether to let Cortana install and run on the device.
Search/AllowSearchToUseLocationChoose whether Cortana and Search can provide location-aware search results.
Default: Allowed

3. Date & Time

You can prevent Windows from setting the time automatically.

  • To turn off the feature in the UI: Settings > Time & language > Date & time > Set time automatically

    -or-

  • Create a REG_SZ registry setting in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\W32Time\Parameters\Type with a value of NoSync.

4. Device metadata retrieval

To prevent Windows from retrieving device metadata from the Internet, apply the Group Policy: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Device Installation > Prevent device metadata retrieval from the Internet.

5. Font streaming

Fonts that are included in Windows but that are not stored on the local device can be downloaded on demand.

If you're running Windows 10, version 1607 or Windows Server 2016, disable the Group Policy: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Network > Fonts > Enable Font Providers.

If you're running Windows 10, version 1507 or Windows 10, version 1511, create a REG_DWORD registry setting called DisableFontProviders in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\FontCache\Parameters, with a value of 1.

Note

After you apply this policy, you must restart the device for it to take effect.

6. Insider Preview builds

The Windows Insider Preview program lets you help shape the future of Windows, be part of the community, and get early access to releases of Windows 10.

Note

This setting stops communication with the Windows Insider Preview service that checks for new builds. Windows Insider Preview builds only apply to Windows 10 and are not available for Windows Server 2016.

To turn off Insider Preview builds for a released version of Windows 10:

  • Apply the Group Policy: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Data Collection and Preview Builds > Toggle user control over Insider builds.

To turn off Insider Preview builds for Windows 10:

Note

If you're running a preview version of Windows 10, you must roll back to a released version before you can turn off Insider Preview builds.

  • Turn off the feature in the UI: Settings > Update & security > Windows Insider Program > Stop Insider Preview builds.

    -or-

  • Apply the Group Policy: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Data Collection and Preview Builds > Toggle user control over Insider builds.

    -or-

  • Apply the System/AllowBuildPreview MDM policy from the Policy CSP where:

    • 0. Users cannot make their devices available for downloading and installing preview software.

    • 1. Users can make their devices available for downloading and installing preview software.

    • 2. (default) Not configured. Users can make their devices available for download and installing preview software.

    -or-

  • Create a provisioning package: Runtime settings > Policies > System > AllowBuildPreview, where:

    • 0. Users cannot make their devices available for downloading and installing preview software.

    • 1. Users can make their devices available for downloading and installing preview software.

    • 2. (default) Not configured. Users can make their devices available for download and installing preview software.

7. Internet Explorer

Use Group Policy to manage settings for Internet Explorer. You can find the Internet Explorer Group Policy objects under Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Internet Explorer.

PolicyDescription
Turn on Suggested SitesChoose whether an employee can configure Suggested Sites.
Default: Enabled
You can also turn this off in the UI by clearing the Internet Options > Advanced > Enable Suggested Sites check box.
Allow Microsoft services to provide enhanced suggestions as the user types in the Address BarChoose whether an employee can configure enhanced suggestions, which are presented to the employee as they type in the address bar.
Default: Enabled
Turn off the auto-complete feature for web addressesChoose whether auto-complete suggests possible matches when employees are typing web address in the address bar.
Default: Disabled
You can also turn this off in the UI by clearing the Internet Options > Advanced > Use inline AutoComplete in the Internet Explorer Address Bar and Open Dialog check box.
Disable Periodic Check for Internet Explorer software updatesChoose whether Internet Explorer periodically checks for a new version.
Default: Enabled
Turn off browser geolocationChoose whether websites can request location data from Internet Explorer.
Default: Disabled

There are two more Group Policy objects that are used by Internet Explorer:

PathPolicyDescription
Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Internet Explorer > Internet Control Panel > Advanced PageTurn off the flip ahead with page prediction featureChoose whether an employee can swipe across a screen or click forward to go to the next pre-loaded page of a website.
Default: Enabled
Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > RSS FeedsTurn off background synchronization for feeds and Web SlicesChoose whether to have background synchronization for feeds and Web Slices.
Default: Enabled

7.1 ActiveX control blocking

ActiveX control blocking periodically downloads a new list of out-of-date ActiveX controls that should be blocked. You can turn this off by changing the REG_DWORD registry setting HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\VersionManager\DownloadVersionList to 0 (zero).

For more info, see Out-of-date ActiveX control blocking.

8. Live Tiles

To turn off Live Tiles:

  • Apply the Group Policy: User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar > Notifications > Turn Off notifications network usage

9. Mail synchronization

To turn off mail synchronization for Microsoft Accounts that are configured on a device:

  • In Settings > Accounts > Your email and accounts, remove any connected Microsoft Accounts.

    -or-

  • Remove any Microsoft Accounts from the Mail app.

    -or-

  • Apply the Accounts/AllowMicrosoftAccountConnection MDM policy from the Policy CSP where 0 is not allowed and 1 is allowed. This does not apply to Microsoft Accounts that have already been configured on the device.

To turn off the Windows Mail app:

  • Apply the Group Policy: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Mail > Turn off Windows Mail application

10. Microsoft Account

To prevent communication to the Microsoft Account cloud authentication service. Many apps and system components that depend on Microsoft Account authentication may lose functionality. Some of them could be in unexpected ways.

  • Change the Start REG_DWORD registry setting in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\wlidsvc to 4.

11. Microsoft Edge

Use either Group Policy or MDM policies to manage settings for Microsoft Edge. For more info, see Microsoft Edge and privacy: FAQ.

11.1 Microsoft Edge Group Policies

Find the Microsoft Edge Group Policy objects under Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Microsoft Edge.

Note

The Microsoft Edge Group Policy names were changed in Windows 10, version 1607. The table below reflects those changes.

PolicyDescription
Configure autofillChoose whether employees can use autofill on websites.
Default: Enabled
Configure Do Not TrackChoose whether employees can send Do Not Track headers.
Default: Disabled
Configure password managerChoose whether employees can save passwords locally on their devices.
Default: Enabled
Configure search suggestions in Address barChoose whether the address bar shows search suggestions.
Default: Enabled
Configure SmartScreen FilterChoose whether SmartScreen is turned on or off.
Default: Enabled
Allow web content on New Tab pageChoose whether a new tab page appears.
Default: Enabled
Configure Home pagesChoose the corporate Home page for domain-joined devices.
Set this to about:blank

The Windows 10, version 1511 Microsoft Edge Group Policy names are:

PolicyDescription
Turn off autofillChoose whether employees can use autofill on websites.
Default: Enabled
Allow employees to send Do Not Track headersChoose whether employees can send Do Not Track headers.
Default: Disabled
Turn off password managerChoose whether employees can save passwords locally on their devices.
Default: Enabled
Turn off address bar search suggestionsChoose whether the address bar shows search suggestions.
Default: Enabled
Turn off the SmartScreen FilterChoose whether SmartScreen is turned on or off.
Default: Enabled
Open a new tab with an empty tabChoose whether a new tab page appears.
Default: Enabled
Configure corporate Home pagesChoose the corporate Home page for domain-joined devices.
Set this to about:blank

11.2 Microsoft Edge MDM policies

The following Microsoft Edge MDM policies are available in the Policy CSP.

PolicyDescription
Browser/AllowAutoFillChoose whether employees can use autofill on websites.
Default: Allowed
Browser/AllowDoNotTrackChoose whether employees can send Do Not Track headers.
Default: Not allowed
Browser/AllowPasswordManagerChoose whether employees can save passwords locally on their devices.
Default: Allowed
Browser/AllowSearchSuggestionsinAddressBarChoose whether the address bar shows search suggestions..
Default: Allowed
Browser/AllowSmartScreenChoose whether SmartScreen is turned on or off.
Default: Allowed

For a complete list of the Microsoft Edge policies, see Available policies for Microsoft Edge.

12. Network Connection Status Indicator

Network Connection Status Indicator (NCSI) detects Internet connectivity and corporate network connectivity status. NCSI sends a DNS request and HTTP query to http://www.msftconnecttest.com/connecttest.txt to determine if the device can communicate with the Internet. For more info about NCSI, see The Network Connection Status Icon.

In versions of Windows 10 prior to Windows 10, version 1607 and Windows Server 2016, the URL was http://www.msftncsi.com.

You can turn off NCSI through Group Policy:

  • Enable the Group Policy: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Internet Communication Management > Internet Communication Settings > Turn off Windows Network Connectivity Status Indicator active tests
Note

After you apply this policy, you must restart the device for the policy setting to take effect.

13. Offline maps

You can turn off the ability to download and update offline maps.

  • Apply the Group Policy: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Maps > Turn off Automatic Download and Update of Map Data

    -and-

  • In Windows 10, version 1607 and later, apply the Group Policy: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Maps > Turn off unsolicited network traffic on the Offline Maps settings page

14. OneDrive

To turn off OneDrive in your organization:

  • Apply the Group Policy: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > OneDrive > Prevent the usage of OneDrive for file storage

15. Preinstalled apps

Some preinstalled apps get content before they are opened to ensure a great experience. You can remove these using the steps in this section.

To remove the News app:

  • Right-click the app in Start, and then click Uninstall.

    -or-

  • Remove the app for new user accounts. From an elevated command prompt, run the following Windows PowerShell command: Get-AppxProvisionedPackage -Online | Where-Object {$_.PackageName -Like "Microsoft.BingNews"} | ForEach-Object { Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -Online -PackageName $_.PackageName}

    -and-

    Remove the app for the current user. From an elevated command prompt, run the following Windows PowerShell command: Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.BingNews | Remove-AppxPackage

To remove the Weather app:

  • Remove the app for new user accounts. From an elevated command prompt, run the following Windows PowerShell command: Get-AppxProvisionedPackage -Online | Where-Object {$_.PackageName -Like "Microsoft.BingWeather"} | ForEach-Object { Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -Online -PackageName $_.PackageName}

    -and-

    Remove the app for the current user. From an elevated command prompt, run the following Windows PowerShell command: Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.BingWeather | Remove-AppxPackage

To remove the Money app:

  • Right-click the app in Start, and then click Uninstall.

    -or-

  • Remove the app for new user accounts. From an elevated command prompt, run the following Windows PowerShell command: Get-AppxProvisionedPackage -Online | Where-Object {$_.PackageName -Like "Microsoft.BingFinance"} | ForEach-Object { Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -Online -PackageName $_.PackageName}

    -and-

    Remove the app for the current user. From an elevated command prompt, run the following Windows PowerShell command: Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.BingFinance | Remove-AppxPackage

To remove the Sports app:

  • Right-click the app in Start, and then click Uninstall.

    -or-

  • Remove the app for new user accounts. From an elevated command prompt, run the following Windows PowerShell command: Get-AppxProvisionedPackage -Online | Where-Object {$_.PackageName -Like "Microsoft.BingSports"} | ForEach-Object { Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -Online -PackageName $_.PackageName}

    -and-

    Remove the app for the current user. From an elevated command prompt, run the following Windows PowerShell command: Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.BingSports | Remove-AppxPackage

To remove the Twitter app:

  • Right-click the app in Start, and then click Uninstall.

    -or-

  • Remove the app for new user accounts. From an elevated command prompt, run the following Windows PowerShell command: Get-AppxProvisionedPackage -Online | Where-Object {$_.PackageName -Like "*.Twitter"} | ForEach-Object { Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -Online -PackageName $_.PackageName}

    -and-

    Remove the app for the current user. From an elevated command prompt, run the following Windows PowerShell command: Get-AppxPackage *.Twitter | Remove-AppxPackage

To remove the XBOX app:

  • Remove the app for new user accounts. From an elevated command prompt, run the following Windows PowerShell command: Get-AppxProvisionedPackage -Online | Where-Object {$_.PackageName -Like "Microsoft.XboxApp"} | ForEach-Object { Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -Online -PackageName $_.PackageName}

    -and-

    Remove the app for the current user. From an elevated command prompt, run the following Windows PowerShell command: Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.XboxApp | Remove-AppxPackage

To remove the Sway app:

  • Right-click the app in Start, and then click Uninstall.

    -or-

  • Remove the app for new user accounts. From an elevated command prompt, run the following Windows PowerShell command: Get-AppxProvisionedPackage -Online | Where-Object {$_.PackageName -Like "Microsoft.Office.Sway"} | ForEach-Object { Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -Online -PackageName $_.PackageName}

    -and-

    Remove the app for the current user. From an elevated command prompt, run the following Windows PowerShell command: Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.Office.Sway | Remove-AppxPackage

To remove the OneNote app:

  • Remove the app for new user accounts. From an elevated command prompt, run the following Windows PowerShell command: Get-AppxProvisionedPackage -Online | Where-Object {$_.PackageName -Like "Microsoft.Office.OneNote"} | ForEach-Object { Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -Online -PackageName $_.PackageName}

    -and-

    Remove the app for the current user. From an elevated command prompt, run the following Windows PowerShell command: Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.Office.OneNote | Remove-AppxPackage

To remove the Get Office app:

  • Right-click the app in Start, and then click Uninstall.

    -or-

  • Remove the app for new user accounts. From an elevated command prompt, run the following Windows PowerShell command: Get-AppxProvisionedPackage -Online | Where-Object {$_.PackageName -Like "Microsoft.MicrosoftOfficeHub"} | ForEach-Object { Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -Online -PackageName $_.PackageName}

    -and-

    Remove the app for the current user. From an elevated command prompt, run the following Windows PowerShell command: Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.MicrosoftOfficeHub | Remove-AppxPackage

To remove the Get Skype app:

  • Right-click the Sports app in Start, and then click Uninstall.

    -or-

  • Remove the app for new user accounts. From an elevated command prompt, run the following Windows PowerShell command: Get-AppxProvisionedPackage -Online | Where-Object {$_.PackageName -Like "Microsoft.SkypeApp"} | ForEach-Object { Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -Online -PackageName $_.PackageName}

    -and-

    Remove the app for the current user. From an elevated command prompt, run the following Windows PowerShell command: Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.SkypeApp | Remove-AppxPackage

16. Settings > Privacy

Use Settings > Privacy to configure some settings that may be important to your organization. Except for the Feedback & Diagnostics page, these settings must be configured for every user account that signs into the PC.

16.1 General

General includes options that don't fall into other areas.

To turn off Let apps use my advertising ID for experiences across apps (turning this off will reset your ID):

Note

When you turn this feature off in the UI, it turns off the advertising ID, not just resets it.

  • Turn off the feature in the UI.

    -or-

  • Apply the Group Policy: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > User Profiles > Turn off the advertising ID.

    -or-

  • Create a REG_DWORD registry setting called Enabled in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AdvertisingInfo, with a value of 0 (zero).

To turn off Turn on SmartScreen Filter to check web content (URLs) that Windows Store apps use:

  • Turn off the feature in the UI.

    -or-

  • Apply the Group Policy: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Microsoft Edge > Configure SmartScreen Filter.

    Apply the Group Policy: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > File Explorer > Configure Windows SmartScreen.

    -or-

  • Apply the Browser/AllowSmartScreen MDM policy from the Policy CSP where 0 is turned off and 1 is turned on.

    -or-

  • Create a provisioning package, using:

    • For Internet Explorer: Runtime settings > Policies > Browser > AllowSmartScreen

    • For Microsoft Edge: Runtime settings > Policies > MicrosoftEdge > AllowSmartScreen

    -or-

  • Create a REG_DWORD registry setting called EnableWebContentEvaluation in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppHost, with a value of 0 (zero).

To turn off Send Microsoft info about how I write to help us improve typing and writing in the future:

Note

If the telemetry level is set to either Basic or Security, this is turned off automatically.

  • Turn off the feature in the UI.

    -or-

  • Apply the TextInput/AllowLinguisticDataCollection MDM policy from the Policy CSP where:

    • 0. Not allowed

    • 1. Allowed (default)

To turn off Let websites provide locally relevant content by accessing my language list:

  • Turn off the feature in the UI.

    -or-

  • Create a new REG_DWORD registry setting called HttpAcceptLanguageOptOut in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\International\User Profile, with a value of 1.

To turn off Let apps on my other devices open apps and continue experiences on this devices:

  • Turn off the feature in the UI.

    -or-

  • Disable the Group Policy: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Group Policy > Continue experiences on this device.

To turn off Let apps on my other devices use Bluetooth to open apps and continue experiences on this device:

  • Turn off the feature in the UI.

16.2 Location

In the Location area, you choose whether devices have access to location-specific sensors and which apps have access to the device's location.

To turn off Location for this device:

  • Click the Change button in the UI.

    -or-

  • Apply the Group Policy: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Location and Sensors > Turn off location.

    -or-

  • Apply the System/AllowLocation MDM policy from the Policy CSP, where:

    • 0. Turned off and the employee can't turn it back on.

    • 1. Turned on, but lets the employee choose whether to use it. (default)

    • 2. Turned on and the employee can't turn it off.

    Note

    You can also set this MDM policy in System Center Configuration Manager using the WMI Bridge Provider.

    -or-

  • Create a provisioning package, using Runtime settings > Policies > System > AllowLocation, where

    • No. Turns off location service.

    • Yes. Turns on location service. (default)

To turn off Location:

  • Turn off the feature in the UI.

  • Apply the Group Policy: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > App Privacy > Let Windows apps access location

    • Set the Select a setting box to Force Deny.

    -or-

To turn off Location history:

  • Erase the history using the Clear button in the UI.

To turn off Choose apps that can use your location:

  • Turn off each app using the UI.

16.3 Camera

In the Camera area, you can choose which apps can access a device's camera.

To turn off Let apps use my camera:

  • Turn off the feature in the UI.

    -or-

  • Apply the Group Policy: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > App Privacy > Let Windows apps access the camera

    • Set the Select a setting box to Force Deny.

    -or-

  • Apply the Camera/AllowCamera MDM policy from the Policy CSP, where:

    • 0. Apps can't use the camera.

    • 1. Apps can use the camera.

    Note

    You can also set this MDM policy in System Center Configuration Manager using the WMI Bridge Provider.

-or-

  • Create a provisioning package with use Windows ICD, using Runtime settings > Policies > Camera > AllowCamera, where:

    • 0. Apps can't use the camera.

    • 1. Apps can use the camera.

To turn off Choose apps that can use your camera:

  • Turn off the feature in the UI for each app.

16.4 Microphone

In the Microphone area, you can choose which apps can access a device's microphone.

To turn off Let apps use my microphone:

  • Turn off the feature in the UI.

-or-

  • Apply the Group Policy: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > App Privacy > Let Windows apps access the microphone

    • Set the Select a setting box to Force Deny.

To turn off Choose apps that can use your microphone:

  • Turn off the feature in the UI for each app.

16.5 Notifications

In the Notifications area, you can choose which apps have access to notifications.

To turn off Let apps access my notifications:

  • Turn off the feature in the UI.

-or-

  • Apply the Group Policy: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > App Privacy > Let Windows apps access my notifications

    • Set the Select a setting box to Force Deny.

16.6 Speech, inking, & typing

In the Speech, Inking, & Typing area, you can let Windows and Cortana better understand your employee's voice and written input by sampling their voice and writing, and by comparing verbal and written input to contact names and calendar entrees.

Note

For more info on how to disable Cortana in your enterprise, see Cortana in this article.

To turn off the functionality:

  • Click the Stop getting to know me button, and then click Turn off.

-or-

  • Enable the Group Policy: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Regional and Language Options > Handwriting personalization > Turn off automatic learning

-or-

  • Create a REG_DWORD registry setting called AcceptedPrivacyPolicy in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Personalization\Settings, with a value of 0 (zero).

-and-

  • Create a REG_DWORD registry setting called HarvestContacts in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\InputPersonalization\TrainedDataStore, with a value of 0 (zero).

If you're running at least Windows 10, version 1607, you can turn off updates to the speech recognition and speech synthesis models:

Apply the Speech/AllowSpeechModelUpdate MDM policy from the Policy CSP, where:

  • 0 (default). Not allowed.
  • 1. Allowed.

-or-

  • Create a REG_DWORD registry setting called ModelDownloadAllowed in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Speech_OneCore\Preferences, with a value of 0 (zero).

16.7 Account info

In the Account Info area, you can choose which apps can access your name, picture, and other account info.

To turn off Let apps access my name, picture, and other account info:

  • Turn off the feature in the UI.

-or-

  • Apply the Group Policy: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > App Privacy > Let Windows apps access account information

    • Set the Select a setting box to Force Deny.

To turn off Choose the apps that can access your account info:

  • Turn off the feature in the UI for each app.

16.8 Contacts

In the Contacts area, you can choose which apps can access an employee's contacts list.

To turn off Choose apps that can access contacts:

  • Turn off the feature in the UI for each app.

-or-

  • Apply the Group Policy: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > App Privacy > Let Windows apps access contacts

    • Set the Select a setting box to Force Deny.

16.9 Calendar

In the Calendar area, you can choose which apps have access to an employee's calendar.

To turn off Let apps access my calendar:

  • Turn off the feature in the UI.

-or-

  • Apply the Group Policy: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > App Privacy > Let Windows apps access the calendar

    • Set the Select a setting box to Force Deny.

To turn off Choose apps that can access calendar:

  • Turn off the feature in the UI for each app.

16.10 Call history

In the Call history area, you can choose which apps have access to an employee's call history.

To turn off Let apps access my call history:

  • Turn off the feature in the UI.

-or-

  • Apply the Group Policy: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > App Privacy > Let Windows apps access call history

    • Set the Select a setting box to Force Deny.

16.11 Email

In the Email area, you can choose which apps have can access and send email.

To turn off Let apps access and send email:

  • Turn off the feature in the UI.

-or-

  • Apply the Group Policy: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > App Privacy > Let Windows apps access email

    • Set the Select a setting box to Force Deny.

16.12 Messaging

In the Messaging area, you can choose which apps can read or send messages.

To turn off Let apps read or send messages (text or MMS):

  • Turn off the feature in the UI.

    -or-

  • Apply the Group Policy: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > App Privacy > Let Windows apps access messaging

    • Set the Select a setting box to Force Deny.

To turn off Choose apps that can read or send messages:

  • Turn off the feature in the UI for each app.

16.13 Radios

In the Radios area, you can choose which apps can turn a device's radio on or off.

To turn off Let apps control radios:

  • Turn off the feature in the UI.

    -or-

  • Apply the Group Policy: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > App Privacy > Let Windows apps control radios

    • Set the Select a setting box to Force Deny.

To turn off Choose apps that can control radios:

  • Turn off the feature in the UI for each app.

16.14 Other devices

In the Other Devices area, you can choose whether devices that aren't paired to PCs, such as an Xbox One, can share and sync info.

To turn off Let apps automatically share and sync info with wireless devices that don't explicitly pair with your PC, tablet, or phone:

  • Turn off the feature in the UI.

    -or-

  • Apply the Group Policy: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > App Privacy > Let Windows apps sync with devices

To turn off Let your apps use your trusted devices (hardware you've already connected, or comes with your PC, tablet, or phone):

  • Turn off the feature in the UI.

    -or-

  • Apply the Group Policy: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > App Privacy > Let Windows apps access trusted devices

    • Set the Select a setting box to Force Deny.

16.15 Feedback & diagnostics

In the Feedback & Diagnostics area, you can choose how often you're asked for feedback and how much diagnostic and usage information is sent to Microsoft.

To change how frequently Windows should ask for my feedback:

Note

Feedback frequency only applies to user-generated feedback, not diagnostic and usage data sent from the device.

  • To change from Automatically (Recommended), use the drop-down list in the UI.

-or-

  • Enable the Group Policy: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Data Collection and Preview Builds > Do not show feedback notifications

-or-

  • Create the registry keys (REG_DWORD type):

    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Siuf\Rules\PeriodInNanoSeconds

    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Siuf\Rules\NumberOfSIUFInPeriod

    Based on these settings:

    SettingPeriodInNanoSecondsNumberOfSIUFInPeriod
    AutomaticallyDelete the registry settingDelete the registry setting
    Never00
    Always100000000Delete the registry setting
    Once a day8640000000001
    Once a week60480000000001

To change the level of diagnostic and usage data sent when you Send your device data to Microsoft:

  • To change from Enhanced, use the drop-down list in the UI. The other levels are Basic and Full.

    Note

    You can't use the UI to change the telemetry level to Security.

-or-

  • Apply the Group Policy: Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Data Collection And Preview Builds\Allow Telemetry

-or-

  • Apply the System/AllowTelemetry MDM policy from the Policy CSP, where:

    • 0. Maps to the Security level.

    • 1. Maps to the Basic level.

    • 2. Maps to the Enhanced level.

    • 3. Maps to the Full level.

-or-

  • Create a provisioning package, using Runtime settings > Policies > System > AllowTelemetry, where:

    • 0. Maps to the Security level.

    • 1. Maps to the Basic level.

    • 2. Maps to the Enhanced level.

    • 3. Maps to the Full level.

16.16 Background apps

In the Background Apps area, you can choose which apps can run in the background.

To turn off Let apps run in the background:

  • Turn off the feature in the UI for each app.

    • Set the Select a setting box to Force Deny.

16.17 Motion

In the Motion area, you can choose which apps have access to your motion data.

To turn off Let Windows and your apps use your motion data and collect motion history:

  • Turn off the feature in the UI.

    -or-

  • Apply the Group Policy: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > App Privacy > Let Windows apps access motion

17. Software Protection Platform

Enterprise customers can manage their Windows activation status with volume licensing using an on-premise Key Management Server. You can opt out of sending KMS client activation data to Microsoft automatically by doing one of the following:

For Windows 10:

  • Apply the Group Policy: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Software Protection Platform > Turn off KMS Client AVS Validation

    -or-

  • Apply the Licensing/DisallowKMSClientOnlineAVSValidation MDM policy from the Policy CSP where 0 is disabled (default) and 1 is enabled.

For Windows Server 2016 with Desktop Experience or Windows Server 2016 Server Core:

  • Apply the Group Policy: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Software Protection Platform > Turn off KMS Client AVS Validation

The Windows activation status will be valid for a rolling period of 180 days with weekly activation status checks to the KMS.

18. Sync your settings

You can control if your settings are synchronized:

  • In the UI: Settings > Accounts > Sync your settings

    -or-

  • Apply the Group Policy: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Sync your settings > Do not sync

    -or-

  • Apply the Experience/AllowSyncMySettings MDM policy from the Policy CSP where 0 is not allowed and 1 is allowed.

    -or-

  • Create a provisioning package, using Runtime settings > Policies > Experience > AllowSyncMySettings, where

    • No. Settings are not synchronized.

    • Yes. Settings are synchronized. (default)

To turn off Messaging cloud sync:

  • Create a REG_DWORD registry setting called CloudServiceSyncEnabled in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Messaging, with a value of 0 (zero).

19. Teredo

You can disable Teredo by using Group Policy or by using the netsh.exe command. For more info on Teredo, see Internet Protocol Version 6, Teredo, and Related Technologies.

Note

If you disable Teredo, some XBOX gaming features and Windows Update Delivery Optimization will not work.

  • Enable the Group Policy: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Network > TCPIP Settings > IPv6 Transition Technologies > Set Teredo State and set it to Disabled State.

    -or-

  • From an elevated command prompt, run netsh interface teredo set state disabled

20. Wi-Fi Sense

Wi-Fi Sense automatically connects devices to known hotspots and to the wireless networks the person’s contacts have shared with them.

To turn off Connect to suggested open hotspots and Connect to networks shared by my contacts:

  • Turn off the feature in the UI.

    -or-

  • Disable the Group Policy: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Network > WLAN Service > WLAN Settings > Allow Windows to automatically connect to suggested open hotspots, to networks shared by contacts, and to hotspots offering paid services.

    -or-

  • Create a new REG_DWORD registry setting called AutoConnectAllowedOEM in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WcmSvc\wifinetworkmanager\config, with a value of 0 (zero).

    -or-

  • Change the Windows Provisioning setting, WiFISenseAllowed, to 0 (zero). For more info, see the Windows Provisioning Settings reference doc, WiFiSenseAllowed.

    -or-

  • Use the Unattended settings to set the value of WiFiSenseAllowed to 0 (zero). For more info, see the Unattended Windows Setup reference doc, WiFiSenseAllowed.

When turned off, the Wi-Fi Sense settings still appear on the Wi-Fi Settings screen, but they’re non-functional and they can’t be controlled by the employee.

21. Windows Defender

You can disconnect from the Microsoft Antimalware Protection Service.

  • Disable the Group Policy: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Defender > MAPS > Join Microsoft MAPS

    -or-

  • For Windows 10 only, apply the Defender/AllowClouldProtection MDM policy from the Defender CSP.

    -or-

  • Use the registry to set the REG_DWORD value HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender\Spynet\SpyNetReporting to 0 (zero).

    -and-

    From an elevated Windows PowerShell prompt, run set-mppreference -Mapsreporting 0

You can stop sending file samples back to Microsoft.

  • Set the Group Policy Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Defender > MAPS > Send file samples when further analysis is required to Always Prompt or Never Send.

    -or-

  • For Windows 10 only, apply the Defender/SubmitSamplesConsent MDM policy from the Defender CSP, where:

    • 0. Always prompt.

    • 1. (default) Send safe samples automatically.

    • 2. Never send.

    • 3. Send all samples automatically.

    -or-

  • Use the registry to set the REG_DWORD value HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender\Spynet\SubmitSamplesConsent to 0 (zero) to always prompt or 2 to never send.

You can stop downloading definition updates:

  • Enable the Group Policy Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Defender > Signature Updates > Define the order of sources for downloading definition updates and set it to FileShares.

    -and-

  • Disable the Group Policy Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Defender > Signature Updates > Define file shares for downloading definition updates and set it to nothing.

For Windows 10 only, you can stop Enhanced Notifications:

  • Turn off the feature in the UI.

You can also use the registry to turn off Malicious Software Reporting Tool telemetry by setting the REG_DWORD value HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\MRT\DontReportInfectionInformation to 1.

22. Windows Media Player

To remove Windows Media Player on Windows 10:

  • From the Programs and Features control panel, click Turn Windows features on or off, under Media Features, clear the Windows Media Player check box, and then click OK.

    -or-

  • Run the following DISM command from an elevated command prompt: dism /online /Disable-Feature /FeatureName:WindowsMediaPlayer

To remove Windows Media Player on Windows Server 2016:

  • Run the following DISM command from an elevated command prompt: dism /online /Disable-Feature /FeatureName:WindowsMediaPlayer

23. Windows spotlight

Windows spotlight provides features such as different background images and text on the lock screen, suggested apps, Microsoft account notifications, and Windows tips. You can control it by using the user interface or through Group Policy.

If you're running Windows 10, version 1607 or later, you only need to enable the following Group Policy:

  • User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Cloud Content > Turn off all Windows spotlight features

If you're not running Windows 10, version 1607 or later, you can use the other options in this section.

  • Configure the following in Settings:

    • Personalization > Lock screen > Background > Windows spotlight, select a different background, and turn off Get fun facts, tips, tricks and more on your lock screen.

      Note

      In Windows 10, version 1507 and Windows 10, version 1511, this setting was called Show me tips, tricks, and more on the lock screen.

    • Personalization > Start > Occasionally show suggestions in Start.

    • System > Notifications & actions > Show me tips about Windows.

    -or-

  • Apply the Group Policies:

    • Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization > Force a specific default lock screen image.

      • Add a location in the Path to local lock screen image box.

      • Set the Turn off fun facts, tips, tricks, and more on lock screen check box.

      Note

      This will only take effect if the policy is applied before the first logon. If you cannot apply the Force a specific default lock screen image policy before the first logon to the device, you can apply this policy: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization > Do not display the lock screen.

    • Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Cloud Content > Do not show Windows Tips.

    • Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Cloud Content > Turn off Microsoft consumer experiences.

For more info, see Windows Spotlight on the lock screen.

24. Windows Store

You can turn off the ability to launch apps from the Windows Store that were preinstalled or downloaded. This will also turn off automatic app updates, and the Windows Store will be disabled. On Windows Server 2016, this will block Windows Store calls from Universal Windows Apps.

  • Apply the Group Policy: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Store > Disable all apps from Windows Store.

25. Windows Update Delivery Optimization

Windows Update Delivery Optimization lets you get Windows updates and Windows Store apps from sources in addition to Microsoft, which not only helps when you have a limited or unreliable Internet connection, but can also help you reduce the amount of bandwidth needed to keep all of your organization's PCs up-to-date. If you have Delivery Optimization turned on, PCs on your network may send and receive updates and apps to other PCs on your local network, if you choose, or to PCs on the Internet.

By default, PCs running Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education will only use Delivery Optimization to get and receive updates for PCs and apps on your local network.

Use the UI, Group Policy, MDM policies, or Windows Provisioning to set up Delivery Optimization.

In Windows 10, version 1607, you can stop network traffic related to Windows Update Delivery Optimization by setting Download Mode to Simple (99) or Bypass (100), as described below.

25.1 Settings > Update & security

You can set up Delivery Optimization from the Settings UI.

  • Go to Settings > Update & security > Windows Update > Advanced options > Choose how updates are delivered.

25.2 Delivery Optimization Group Policies

You can find the Delivery Optimization Group Policy objects under Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Delivery Optimization.

PolicyDescription
Download ModeLets you choose where Delivery Optimization gets or sends updates and apps, including
  • None. Turns off Delivery Optimization.

  • Group. Gets or sends updates and apps to PCs on the same local network domain.

  • Internet. Gets or sends updates and apps to PCs on the Internet.

  • LAN. Gets or sends updates and apps to PCs on the same NAT only.

  • Simple. Simple download mode with no peering.

  • Bypass. Use BITS instead of Windows Update Delivery Optimization.

Group IDLets you provide a Group ID that limits which PCs can share apps and updates.
Note: This ID must be a GUID.
Max Cache AgeLets you specify the maximum time (in seconds) that a file is held in the Delivery Optimization cache.
The default value is 259200 seconds (3 days).
Max Cache SizeLets you specify the maximum cache size as a percentage of disk size.
The default value is 20, which represents 20% of the disk.
Max Upload BandwidthLets you specify the maximum upload bandwidth (in KB/second) that a device uses across all concurrent upload activity.
The default value is 0, which means unlimited possible bandwidth.

25.3 Delivery Optimization MDM policies

The following Delivery Optimization MDM policies are available in the Policy CSP.

PolicyDescription
DeliveryOptimization/DODownloadModeLets you choose where Delivery Optimization gets or sends updates and apps, including
  • 0. Turns off Delivery Optimization.

  • 1. Gets or sends updates and apps to PCs on the same NAT only.

  • 2. Gets or sends updates and apps to PCs on the same local network domain.

  • 3. Gets or sends updates and apps to PCs on the Internet.

  • 99. Simple download mode with no peering.

  • 100. Use BITS instead of Windows Update Delivery Optimization.

DeliveryOptimization/DOGroupIDLets you provide a Group ID that limits which PCs can share apps and updates.
Note This ID must be a GUID.
DeliveryOptimization/DOMaxCacheAgeLets you specify the maximum time (in seconds) that a file is held in the Delivery Optimization cache.
The default value is 259200 seconds (3 days).
DeliveryOptimization/DOMaxCacheSizeLets you specify the maximum cache size as a percentage of disk size.
The default value is 20, which represents 20% of the disk.
DeliveryOptimization/DOMaxUploadBandwidthLets you specify the maximum upload bandwidth (in KB/second) that a device uses across all concurrent upload activity.
The default value is 0, which means unlimited possible bandwidth.

25.4 Delivery Optimization Windows Provisioning

If you don't have an MDM server in your enterprise, you can use Windows Provisioning to configure the Delivery Optimization policies

Use Windows ICD, included with the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK), to create a provisioning package for Delivery Optimization.

  1. Open Windows ICD, and then click New provisioning package.

  2. In the Name box, type a name for the provisioning package, and then click Next.

  3. Click the Common to all Windows editions option, click Next, and then click Finish.

  4. Go to Runtime settings > Policies > DeliveryOptimization to configure the policies.

For more info about Delivery Optimization in general, see Windows Update Delivery Optimization: FAQ.

26. Windows Update

You can turn off Windows Update by setting the following registry entries:

  • Add a REG_DWORD value called DoNotConnectToWindowsUpdateInternetLocations to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate and set the value to 1.

    -and-

  • Add a REG_DWORD value called DisableWindowsUpdateAccess to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate and set the value to 1.

    -and-

  • Add a REG_DWORD value called UseWUServer to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU and set the value to 1.

You can turn off automatic updates by doing one of the following. This is not recommended.

  • Add a REG_DWORD value called AutoDownload to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsStore\WindowsUpdate and set the value to 5.

    -or-

  • For Windows 10 only, apply the Update/AllowAutoUpdate MDM policy from the Policy CSP, where:

    • 0. Notify the user before downloading the update.

    • 1. Auto install the update and then notify the user to schedule a device restart.

    • 2 (default). Auto install and restart.

    • 3. Auto install and restart at a specified time.

    • 4. Auto install and restart without end-user control.

    • 5. Turn off automatic updates.

To learn more, see Device update management and Configure Automatic Updates by using Group Policy.

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