Ever get an error message such as “Some settings are managed by your organization …” or “Disabled by Company Policy” when you try to alter settings on a personal PC you own? Here’s the fix.
Plus: How the Win10 clean-install process has changed, and a Win7-to-Win10 upgrade gets stuck in airplane mode!
PC thinks it’s managed by someone else
Reader Rich is one of many PC owners who receive error messages normally seen only on locked-down, centrally-managed corporate systems — errors that can prevent accessing and changing important Windows settings.
- “I’m running Win10. In Settings/System/Notifications and actions there is a red message, ‘Some settings are managed by your organization.’ But this is my PC, and I’m the only Administrator.
“Unfortunately, this message prevents me from enabling notifications and other tasks.
“I ran sfc /scannow, and it found and corrected some corrupted files. But it also said some problems were not corrected. Any ideas?”
When a personally-managed PC generates an unexpected message such as “Some settings are managed by your organization” or the related “Disabled by Company Policy,” it’s usually an unintended consequence of changes made in Windows’ privacy, security, or telemetry settings.
In Win10, for example, many users use brute-force methods to try to modify the amount of data that Windows transmits back to Microsoft, thinking that this phone-home behavior is somehow deeply threatening. But some changes made to Win10’s telemetry/privacy/security settings work by invoking corporate-style lockdown functions that can make other system settings inaccessible by normal means. Your PC might phone home less, but now you’re locked out of some important management functions!
(Note: There are better and safer methods for managing Win10’s telemetry settings. See, for example, the item “More on Win10’s phone-home telemetry,” in the March 22 LangaList Plus.)