What is Device Performance & Health in Windows 10 and how to hide this section

Windows Defender which has been integrated with Windows Security also includes a Device Performance & Health section. In this post, we will explain what is Device Performance & Health in Windows 10 and how you can disable or hide it.

Device Performance & Health in Windows 10

Device Performance & Health in Windows 10

The ‘Device Performance & Health‘ protection area in Windows 10, is one of the seven areas that protect your device and let you specify how you want your device protected in Windows Defender Security Center.

The seven areas include-

To help you keep your device secure, Windows Security monitors your device for security issues and provides a Health Report, which appears on the Device performance & health page. The Health report alerts you to common issues with your system and offers recommendations to remedy them.

If your device meets system requirements, you’ll also see the Fresh Start option, which helps you refresh your device by reinstalling and updating Windows 10.

The Device Performance & Health area can be hidden from users. This can be useful if, as an admin, you don’t want them to see or have access to this area. If you choose to hide the Account protection area, it will no longer appear on the home page of the Windows Security Center, and its icon will not be shown on the navigation bar on the side of the app.

Show or Hide Device Performance & Health in Windows Security via GPEDIT

  1. Run gpedit to open the Group Policy Editor
  2. Navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative templates > Windows components > Windows Security > Device Performance & Health.
  3. Open the Hide the Device performance and health area setting
  4. Set it to Enabled.
  5. Click OK.

Hide Device Performance & Health in Windows Security via Registry

  1. Double-click the downloaded Hide-Device-Performance-&-Health.reg file to merge it.
  2. Click Run on the prompt. Click Yes on UAC prompt and OK to allow the merge.
  3. Restart PC to apply.
  4. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file.

Show Device Performance & Health in Windows Security via Registry

  1. Double-click the downloaded Show-Device-Performance-&-Health.reg file to merge it.
  2. Click Run on the prompt. Click Yes on UAC prompt, and OK to allow the merge.
  3. Restart PC to apply.
  4. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file.

You can click here to download the zipped Registry files from our servers.

This is how you can show or hide the Device Performance & Health area in Windows Security.

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