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 Name NoChangingWallpaper
Registry Path SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ActiveDesktop
Group Policy Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization > Prevent changing desktop background
More Info Background drop-down and Background color choices grayed out.

 

Colors

Value Name NoDispAppearancePage
Registry Path SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
Group Policy Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization > Prevent changing color and appearance
More Info All 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 Name NoChangingLockScreen
Registry Path SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization
Group Policy Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Prevent changing Lock screen image
More info Disables Background drop-down for Lock screen.
   
Value Name NoLockScreen
Registry Path SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization
Group Policy Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Do not display the Lock screen
More info Disables Background drop-down for Lock screen.
   
Value Name DisableLockScreenAppNotifications
Registry Path SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System
Group Policy Administrative Templates > System > Logon > Turn off app notifications on the lock screen
More info No app notifications are displayed on the lock screen.
   
Value Name DisableLogonBackgroundImage
Registry Path SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System
   
More info Show Window background picture on the sign-in screen option missing from Lock screen settings page.

 

Themes

Value Name NoThemesTab
Registry Path SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
Group Policy Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization > Prevent changing theme
More info The Themes list are grayed out, and unchangeable.
   
Value Name NoDispScrSavPage
Registry Path SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
Group Policy Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization > Prevent changing screen saver
More info Screensaver 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 Name NoChangingSoundScheme
Registry Path SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization
Group Policy Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization > Prevent changing sounds
More info Hides 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 Name NoChangeStartMenu
Registry Path SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
Group Policy Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar > Prevent users from customizing their Start Screen
More info Show more tiles is grayed out.
Pin to Start missing from right-click menu.
   
Value Name ForceStartSize
Registry Path SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer
Group Policy Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar > Force Start to be either full screen size or menu size
More info Use start full screen is grayed out.
   
Value Name LockedStartLayout (similar to NoChangeStartMenu)
Registry Path SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer
Group Policy Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar > Start Layout
More info Show more tiles is grayed out.
Pin to Start missing from right-click menu.
   
Value Name NoSetTaskbar
Registry Path SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
Group Policy Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar > Prevent changes to Taskbar and Start Menu Settings
More info The 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 Name DisableWindowsConsumerFeatures
Registry Path SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\CloudContent
Group Policy Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Cloud Content > Turn off Microsoft consumer experiences
More info Occasionally show suggestions in Start is grayed out and turned off.
   
Value Name NoStartMenuMFUprogramsList
Group Policy Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar > Remove frequent programs list from the Start Menu
Registry Path SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
More info Show most used apps is grayed out.

 

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Value Name NoControlPanel
Registry Path SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
Group Policy Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Prohibit access to Control Panel and PC settings
More info Cannot 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 he has been a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 10 consecutive years from 2003 to 2012.

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

  1. 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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  2. 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!!

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  3. oh my gosh, you saved me from having a nervous breakdown and/or throwing my laptop against the wall! thank you, thank you! nothing else worked, or I was too dumb to figure out group editor. my computer starts up a lot quicker, too! bless you!

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  4. This is exactly what I was looking for.
    Every other answer to this issue was incredibly patronising and unhelpful.
    Thank you!

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  5. I join in thanking you for this wonderful solution. Used the editor I found online and under Admin, was finally able to change the screen background after two weeks of watching YT vids and taking notes, trying those solutions and none were working. So blessings to you for this, until MS finds a way to break something else in it’s Win 10 updates…but for now, I’ve been able to modify a number of our company’s workstations and put the branding screen on each…I’ll follow your blogs for further notes on changing settings in the various registry categories for future reference and I’m sharing this link with many of my friends experiencing the same headaches with Windows 10.

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    • Also one additional tip here…if you want to change the desktop and other parameters under Standard User, you’ll have to maybe change the S.U. temporarily to Admin, then run the registry utility or manually enter the changes, then once done, change the S.U. back to standard user and seems to be fine afterwards. I had to discover the work around since they’d put a parental control software on Win 7 and had forgotten it was hidden on systems. I removed it from a number of PC’s when I noticed it was causing even more distress trying to do a simple thing in the system settings. Such a headache what they did last year and forgot the thing was still running despite its license expiring. Guy left last year and tried to warn the client to write it’s keyword down somewhere but they didn’t so I ran into him recently and he told me the name of the app, so I played with it and just decided it was a keystroke logger and felt it was unnecessary for our staff and a nuisance in general. What a day of figuring out things here…even the USB ports were locked out, so I DL’d it from my Google Drive account and unzipped it under the S.U. Admin temp setting and ran it to give me access to the settings and the message was finally gone. Thank God I thought through this issue today…my brain hurts, but it’s happier now that I know the registry is key to defeating MS’s newest blunder. So never give up, folks…think it through to solving the puzzle I say. Peace to all…

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