How to restrict access to Proxy settings on Windows 10.

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Jascha Luca
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29.12.2020
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If you have a shared Windows 10 computer that has pre-configured Proxy settings that you don’t want anyone interfering with. This article will show you how to restrict all access to Proxy settings on Windows 10, giving you the peace of mind that nobody will be able to change or delete proxy settings on your Windows 10 computer. 

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Related: How to disable the right-click menu (Context Menu) in the Start menu on Windows 10.

Windows 10 has thousands of different ways you can customise the operating system to best suit your individual needs. You can block access to very specific areas, add shortcuts to different areas, hide menus, add menus, move menus, etc. The list of interchangeable and customisable areas is massive and something you won’t really get into unless a specific need comes up. 

Over the years we’ve covered quite a lot of different changes you can make to the operating system that blocks access to certain areas and features. In a continuation of that tradition, this article will be detailing the process for blocking access to Proxy settings on Windows 10. As this process requires you to make changes within the Windows 10 registry, you’ll want to make a system restore point before continuing with the steps shown below. 

To make a restore point, open the Start menu, type Restore, then select Create a Restore Point when it appears on the list. From the new window that appears, click Create in the bottom right section of the screen, then follow the instructions given by Windows. Once you have successfully made a restore point, you can continue with your desired option.

Quick steps for blocking access to proxy settings on Windows 10.

  1. Open the registry editor using regedit
  2. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Control Panel
  3. Create or change the Value of the Proxy DWORD entry to 1.
  4. Restart your computer.

Note: If you plan on using a Proxy from Windows 10, you’ll want to make sure it is set up before you block access to the feature. Otherwise, you’re going to have to undo and redo this process each and every time. 

How do you block access to all Proxy Settings on Windows 10? Restrict Proxy access on Windows 10.

To begin the process of blocking access to Proxy settings on Windows 10, you’ll need to do the following. 

  • First open Start, then type regedit and select it when it appears on the list. 
  • Next, use the left-hand pane to navigate to the following location:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft
  • When you get to the Microsoft key (folder) right-click on it and select New > Key, then name the new key Internet Explorer. 

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  • Now right-click the newly created Internet Explorer key (folder) and select New > Key, name it Control Panel. 
  • Next, right-click the Control Panel key (folder) and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value, name the entry Proxy.
  • Finally double-click on the Proxy entry and change the value from 0 to 1, then click Ok.

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After you have made the change simply Restart your computer and the Proxy settings within Windows 10 Settings will show the following message: Some of these settings are hidden or managed by your organisation. If you wish to restore access you’ll need to return to the same Registry location and change the Value from 1 back to 0.

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