What is Family Options in Windows 10 and how to hide this section

The Family Options section in Windows Security app of Windows 10 provides you with easy access to tools to manage your children’s digital life. In this post, we will explain what is Family Options in Windows 10 and how you can disable or hide it.

Family Options in Windows 10

Family Options in Windows 10

The ‘Family Options‘ 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:

The Family options feature in Windows Security provides you with easy access to tools to manage your children’s digital life. Use Family options to help keep your children’s devices clean and up to date with the latest version of Windows 10 and to protect your kids when they’re online.

It has two sections that allow you to:

  1. View Parental control settings
  2. See your family’s devices at a glance.

To adjust your family settings or to set up a family, select View family settings to go to the Family website on account.microsoft.com. You may be asked to sign in with your Microsoft account.

The Family options 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 Family options 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 > Family options.
  3. Open the Hide the Family options area setting
  4. Set it to Enabled.
  5. Click OK.

Hide Family options in Windows Security via Registry

  1. Double-click the downloaded Hide-Family-options.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 Family options in Windows Security via Registry

  1. Double-click the downloaded Show-Family-options.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 Family options area in Windows Security.
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