The Account Protection area in Windows 10 Settings is one of the sections included in Windows Security. It contains Microsoft Account, Windows Hello for Business, and Dynamic Lock settings for your protection. This section can be used by administrators to view and configure the settings for account protection. However, this section can be hidden from the users in the Enterprises and Colleges. Once hidden, it will no longer appear on the home page of the Windows Security Center. In this article, we will show you methods through which you can hide the Account Protection Area in Windows 10.
The Local Group Policy Editor is not available for the Windows Home users, which is why we have also included the Registry Editor method. The Local Group Policy Editor is only available for Window Education, Windows Pro, and Windows Enterprise edition.
Method 1: Using the Local Group Policy Editor
The Group Policy is a Windows feature through which users can easily configure the computer and user settings. The settings in the Group Policy can be used to define what a system will look like and how it will behave. By enabling this setting, you can hide the account protection area and its icon in the navigation bar. Follow the below steps and check how to enable this setting:
- Press the Windows and R keys together on your keyboard to open the Run dialog box. Now type “gpedit.msc” in the box and click on the Ok button to open the Local Group Policy Editor window.
- In the Group Policy Editor window, you need to go to the following location:
Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Security\Account protection\
- Double-click on the setting named “Hide the Account protection area” and it will open in another window. In this window, you need to change the toggle option to Enabled.
- Finally, click on the Apply and then the Ok button to save these changes. Basically, the policy will be automatically updated and the Account Protection area will be hidden.
- However, if it doesn’t update, you need to open the Command Prompt as an administrator and then type the following command in it to force update the group policy:
Note: This can also be done by restarting the system to update the group policy settings.
- You can always enable the Account Protection area by changing the toggle option back to Not Configured or Disabled in step 3.
Method 2: Using the Registry Editor
The Windows Registry is another method through which you can hide the Account Information section. This is also the only available method for the Windows Home users who doesn’t have Group Policy on their systems. However, this is a bit technical method where users have to create the missing keys and value manually. Try to follow the below steps carefully and do not make any mistakes.
- Press the Windows + R key together to open a Run dialog. Then type “regedit” and press the Ok button to open the Registry Editor window. If you get the UAC (User Account Control) prompt, then choose the Yes button.
- You can also save a backup before making any new changes. Click on the File menu and choose the Export option. Now name the file and provide the path, then click on the Save button.
Note: You can restore a backup by clicking on the File > Import option and then select the previously created update file.
- In the Registry Editor window, you need to go to the following path:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender Security Center\Account protection
Note: If any of the keys are missing, you can right-click on the available key and choose the New > Key option to create them.
- Right-click on the right pane and choose the New > DWORD (32-bit) Value option. Name the value as “UILockdown“.
- Double-click on the value to open it and then change the value data to 1. Click on the Ok button to save changes.
- Close the Registry Editor window and reboot your system to apply these changes.
- You can always enable the Account Protection area again by changing the value data to 0. You can also simply remove the value from the Registry Editor.