Like its predecessors, Windows 10 can be configured by organizations to limit user access to certain settings and features. From a consumer standpoint, you may have encountered one of these business-specific options when, during the Windows 10 upgrade process, you were asked “who owns this PC?” with either you or your organization as the possible answers. Unfortunately, certain bugs and settings can incorrectly configure your own PC as being locked down by a nonexistent organization, which limits your access to certain settings in the operating system.
If you’re experiencing this issue, you’ll notice in several locations (primarily in the Settings app) that “Some settings are managed by your organization.” If your Windows 10 PC belongs only to you, here’s how you can reconfigure Windows 10 to fix the “some settings are managed by your organization” issue.
The solution to this problem can be found in the Group Policy Editor, but you’ll need to launch this utility with administrative privileges. To do so, click the Start Menu and type gpedit.msc. The top result should be the Local Group Policy Editor as shown in the screenshot below.
Right-click on the gpedit.msc result and select Run as Administrator. In the Group Policy Editor, use the hierarchical list of options on the left side of the window to navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Data Collection and Preview Builds.
With Data Collection and Preview Builds selected, you’ll see an option labeled Allow Telemetry on the right side of the window. Double-click it to change its options.
At the top of the Allow Telemetry options window, click Enabled. Don’t freak out, privacy advocates. This is a temporary change and we’ll soon turn Windows 10 telemetry back off. With Telemetry Enabled, click the drop-down box in the Options section and choose 3 – Full.
Click OK to save your changes and close the window. Next, double-click Allow Telemetry in the Group Policy Editor again to bring the same configuration window back up. This time, select Not Configured instead of “Enabled.” Finally, click OK to save the change and close the window. You can also now quit the Group Policy Editor.
Now head back to a location where you previously encountered the “Some settings are managed by your organization” message. You should see that the message is now gone and that you have full access to your Windows 10 settings. Note, however, that this fix is intended for individually-owned consumer PCs. If your Windows 10 PC or license is owned by your company or organization (or was initially set up that way), there will be other settings which will continue to limit your access to certain functions and you shouldn’t change Group Policy settings without consulting your IT administrator.
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