Personalize Settings Says “Some settings are managed by your organization”

If the Personalize settings page show the red text message Some settings are managed by your organization at the top, it means that some of the settings in that particular page are locked down by an administrator in that computer, via Group Policy Editor or through the registry. For classic Control Panel items, you may see the message One or more of the settings on this page has been disabled by the system administrator if one or more Policies are set for that page.


Registry File: Download personalize-policies-remove.zip, unzip and extract the enclosed registry file to a folder, and double-click the registry file to run it. This removes the Personalize Policies listed in this article.

Contents of the REG File

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
;Removes Personalize Policies in Windows 10, as in the following page: ;https://www.winhelponline.com/blog/personalize-some-settings-managed-organization/ ;Created by Ramesh Srinivasan for The Winhelponline Blog
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ActiveDesktop] "NoChangingWallpaper"=- [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System] "NoDispAppearancePage"=- "NoDispScrSavPage"=- [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization] "NoChangingLockScreen"=- "NoChangingSoundScheme"=- "NoChangingStartMenuBackground"=- "NoLockScreen"=- [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System] "DisableLockScreenAppNotifications"=- "DisableLogonBackgroundImage"=- [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer] "NoChangeStartMenu"=- "NoControlPanel"=- "NoSetTaskbar"=- "NoStartMenuMFUprogramsList"=- "NoThemesTab"=- [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer] "ForceStartSize"=- "LockedStartLayout"=- [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\CloudContent] "DisableWindowsConsumerFeatures"=-
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ActiveDesktop] "NoChangingWallpaper"=- [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System] "NoDispAppearancePage"=- "NoDispScrSavPage"=- [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization] "NoChangingLockScreen"=- "NoChangingSoundScheme"=- "NoChangingStartMenuBackground"=- "NoLockScreen"=- [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System] "DisableLockScreenAppNotifications"=- "DisableLogonBackgroundImage"=- [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer] "NoChangeStartMenu"=- "NoControlPanel"=- "NoSetTaskbar"=- "NoStartMenuMFUprogramsList"=- "NoThemesTab"=- [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer] "ForceStartSize"=- "LockedStartLayout"=- [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\CloudContent] "DisableWindowsConsumerFeatures"=-  

More Information

If you’re a home user and are clueless about which Policy controls which user interface option, here is the list of Policy keys for Personalize in Windows 10. The Policy name, the registry location as well as the equivalent Group Policy setting are given.

Note that this list may not necessarily cover all the Personalize Policies. There may be additional Policy settings for Personalization, but this page is primarily written to help users understand which Policy is affecting which GUI option in Personalize window. For a full listing of Policies, you need to use Group Policy Editor, available in Windows 10 Pro Editions and higher.

Policies can be set either in HKEY_CURRENT_USER or HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, in the registry paths given in the table. You need to check both the registry locations, to set or remove Policies. For example, to remove the NoChangingWallpaper Policy, you need to go to the specified registry paths (both), and delete or rename the value named NoChangingWallpaper, if exists in the right pane.

Policy Settings for Personalization in Windows 10

Background

Value NameNoChangingWallpaper
Registry PathSOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ActiveDesktop
Group PolicyAdministrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization > Prevent changing desktop background
More InfoBackground drop-down and Background color choices grayed out.

 

Colors

Value NameNoDispAppearancePage
Registry PathSOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
Group PolicyAdministrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization > Prevent changing color and appearance
More InfoAll these settings under Choose a color settings in the Colors tab grayed out:

  • Automatically pick an accent color from my background
  • Choose your accent color
  • Show color on Start, taskbar, action center, and title bar
  • Make Start, taskbar and action center transparent

 

Lock screen

Value NameNoChangingLockScreen
Registry PathSOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization
Group PolicyAdministrative Templates > Control Panel > Prevent changing Lock screen image
More infoDisables Background drop-down for Lock screen.
  
Value NameNoLockScreen
Registry PathSOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization
Group PolicyAdministrative Templates > Control Panel > Do not display the Lock screen
More infoDisables Background drop-down for Lock screen.
  
Value NameDisableLockScreenAppNotifications
Registry PathSOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System
Group PolicyAdministrative Templates > System > Logon > Turn off app notifications on the lock screen
More infoNo app notifications are displayed on the lock screen.
  
Value NameDisableLogonBackgroundImage
Registry PathSOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System
  
More infoShow Window background picture on the sign-in screen option missing from Lock screen settings page.

 

Themes

Value NameNoThemesTab
Registry PathSOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
Group PolicyAdministrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization > Prevent changing theme
More infoThe Themes list are grayed out, and unchangeable.
  
Value NameNoDispScrSavPage
Registry PathSOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
Group PolicyAdministrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization > Prevent changing screen saver
More infoScreensaver settings are dimmed out in the Themes tab. Attempting to launch the Screensaver dialog directly via Start, causes error Your system administrator has disabled launching of the Display Control Panel.
  
Value NameNoChangingSoundScheme
Registry PathSOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization
Group PolicyAdministrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization > Prevent changing sounds
More infoHides the Sounds tab in the Sounds dialog box, so that the Sound schemes can’t the modified by user.

If any of the above Policies are set, the Themes tab may show the message One or more of the settings on this page has been disabled by the system administrator appears at the bottom.

Start

Value NameNoChangeStartMenu
Registry PathSOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
Group PolicyAdministrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar > Prevent users from customizing their Start Screen
More infoShow more tiles is grayed out.
Pin to Start missing from right-click menu.
  
Value NameForceStartSize
Registry PathSOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer
Group PolicyAdministrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar > Force Start to be either full screen size or menu size
More infoUse start full screen is grayed out.
  
Value NameLockedStartLayout (similar to NoChangeStartMenu)
Registry PathSOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer
Group PolicyAdministrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar > Start Layout
More infoShow more tiles is grayed out.
Pin to Start missing from right-click menu.
  
Value NameNoSetTaskbar
Registry PathSOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
Group PolicyAdministrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar > Prevent changes to Taskbar and Start Menu Settings
More infoThe following settings are grayed out in the Start settings page:

  • Occasionally show suggestions in Start
  • Show most used apps
  • Show recently added apps
  • Use Start full screen
  • Show recently opened items in Jump Lists on Start or the taskbar
  
Value NameDisableWindowsConsumerFeatures
Registry PathSOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\CloudContent
Group PolicyAdministrative Templates > Windows Components > Cloud Content > Turn off Microsoft consumer experiences
More infoOccasionally show suggestions in Start is grayed out and turned off.
  
Value NameNoStartMenuMFUprogramsList
Group PolicyAdministrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar > Remove frequent programs list from the Start Menu
Registry PathSOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
More infoShow most used apps is grayed out.

 

Background

Value NameNoControlPanel
Registry PathSOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
Group PolicyAdministrative Templates > Control Panel > Prohibit access to Control Panel and PC settings
More infoCannot open Control Panel, or individual applets. And, opening Personalize page causes error This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action.

About the author

Ramesh Srinivasan founded Winhelponline.com back in 2005. He is passionate about Microsoft technologies and has a vast experience in the ITeS industry — delivering support for Microsoft's consumer products. He has been a Microsoft MVP [2003 to 2012] who contributes to various Windows support forums.

5 thoughts on “Personalize Settings Says “Some settings are managed by your organization”

  1. u are best sir u solved the only problem of my pc!
    salute to u buddy! now i can add more tiles in start menu!!! thanku soooooooo much!!

  2. I’ve been searching for this post, i onced used this registry file once, then Microsoft “again” f**ked me on another update and I cant move, resize and the freaking “some settings are managed by your organization” showed up again on my settings.. thanks

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