Some settings are managed by your organization message in Windows 10

At times, Windows 10 users may see a message Some settings are managed by your organization. When they go to change some options in the Settings app. You could see it in the Windows Update section, Cortana settings or anywhere in general, where you as a user are not allowed to change the setting. If you face this issue and want to resolve it, this post will show you the direction to work in.

Some settings are managed by your organization

You could get the red text error message on any page of the Settings panel. You can get it while trying to change the desktop background or the lock screen background – or you could see it while trying to change the privacy settings as well. Since there is no single one-size-fits-all solution to this problem, you need to see what applies to your system and which works for you.

Some settings are managed by your organization

Before solving this problem, you should know the reason so that you can opt for the best solution quickly.

1] If you see a Cortana is disabled by company policy this post discusses the Cortana Group Policy & Registry settings.

2] If you are seeing Some settings are managed by your organization message in Windows 10 Settings panel, you should know the following things. If your administrator has blocked any setting, you can get the message. If you have made any wrong change in Registry Editor or Group Policy Editor, you can get the same error message. If some software like say a Windows 10 Privacy Fixer Tool changed the setting, then too, you could see it. Ty to remember the changes you made and see if you can reverse them using the same tool.

3] If you made no changes or do not remember making any, what you will have to do is identify the Registry or Group Policy setting which affects you and change it.

MSDN has listed the Registry values and the respective Group Policy paths that can throw up such messages. You can also use the Group Policy Search (GPS) service which enables you to search for registry-based Group Policy settings used in Windows operating systems. Or else  download the Group Policy Settings Reference Guide which lists the Group Policy setting against its corresponding registry key. It has been updated for Windows 10 v1607 too.

Take a look at the common one’s which may affect your commonly used settings and see what may apply to your condition:

NoChangingWallpaper

Registry Editor Path:  SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ActiveDesktop

Group Policy Path: Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization > Prevent changing desktop background

NoChangingLockScreen

Registry Editor Path: SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization

Group Policy Path: Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Prevent changing Lock screen image

NoLockScreen

Registry Editor Path: SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization

Group Policy Path: Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Do not display the Lock screen

NoThemesTab

SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

Group Policy Path: Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization > Prevent changing theme

NoDispScrSavPage

Registry Editor Path: SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System

Group Policy Path: Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization > Prevent changing screen saver

NoChangingSoundScheme

Registry Editor Path: SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization

Group Policy Path: Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization > Prevent changing sounds

NoChangeStartMenu

Registry Editor Path: SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

Group Policy Path: Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar > Prevent users from customizing their Start Screen

LockedStartLayout

Registry Editor Path: SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer

Group Policy Path: Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar > Start Layout

NoSetTaskbar

Registry Editor Path: SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

Group Policy Path: Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar > Prevent changes to Taskbar and Start Menu Settings

NoControlPanel

Registry Editor Path: SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

Group Policy Path: Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Prohibit access to Control Panel and PC settings

Don’t forget to find those values in two different places i.e. HKEY_CURRENT_USER and HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.

The solution is to remove those values using the Registry Editor after creating a Registry backup or a system restore point. However, sometimes, problems may not go away even after deleting those Registry values.

You could alternatively use the Group Policy Editor and check if the settings are enabled. If any of the settings mentioned above are enabled, try to set it to either “Not Configured.”

4] If you see this message on your Windows Update Settings page, this post shows the Windows Update Group Policy & Registry settings you may need to take a look at.

5] If you receive this message when you have used a corporate Exchange account in your Mail app you need to remove it from the Mail app and use any other account. For your information, the same can appear for wrong language and country or region settings.

6] At times, changing Windows 10 Telemetry settings have also know to throw up such messages. Open Settings (Win+I) > Privacy > Feedback & diagnostics. Here, you will get a label called “Send your device data to Microsoft.” Just expand the drop-down menu and select “Full (Recommended).”

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If this option itself is grayed out and there is no way to change that option, you can use Group Policy Editor to make the same change. Press Win + R, type gpedit.msc and hit enter. Following that, navigate to the following path,

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Data Collection and Preview Builds

Here, you should get the option called “Allow Telemetry.”  Double click on that, select Enabled and choose “2 – Enhanced” from the drop-down menu. If that doesn’t solve your problem, select “3 – Full”.

Hope something helps you.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.