Configure Windows SmartScreen

This policy setting allows you to manage the behavior of Windows SmartScreen. Windows SmartScreen helps keep PCs safer by warning users before running unrecognized programs downloaded from the Internet. Some information is sent to Microsoft about files and programs run on PCs with this feature enabled.

If you enable this policy setting, Windows SmartScreen behavior may be controlled by setting one of the following options:

• Require approval from an administrator before running downloaded unknown software
• Give user a warning before running downloaded unknown software
• Turn off SmartScreen

If you disable or do not configure this policy setting, Windows SmartScreen behavior is managed by administrators on the PC by using Windows SmartScreen Settings in Action Center.

Options:
• Require approval from an administrator before running downloaded unknown software
• Give user a warning before running downloaded unknown software
• Turn off SmartScreen


Supported on: At least Windows Server 2012, Windows 8 or Windows RT
Registry HiveHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System
Value NameEnableSmartScreen
Value TypeREG_DWORD
Enabled Value1
Disabled Value0

Pick one of the following settings


  1. Require approval from an administrator before running downloaded unknown software
    Registry HiveHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System
    Value NameEnableSmartScreen
    Value TypeREG_DWORD
    Value2
  2. Give user a warning before running downloaded unknown software
    Registry HiveHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System
    Value NameEnableSmartScreen
    Value TypeREG_DWORD
    Value1
  3. Turn off SmartScreen
    Registry HiveHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System
    Value NameEnableSmartScreen
    Value TypeREG_DWORD
    Value0


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