The Device Performance and Health is a section of the Windows Defender Security Center. In this section, you can check the status of the device’s performance and health. It can be also used to keep your device clean and updated with the latest version. However, this area can be hidden from the Windows Defender Security Center. Many organizations can hide the specific areas of settings to keep it minimum for the employees. In this article, we will show you methods through which you can easily hide the device performance and health area in Windows 10.
The Group Policy Editor is only available for Windows 10 Enterprise, Windows 10 Pro, and Windows 10 Education. We have also included the Registry Editor method for the Windows Home users who does not have Group Policy Editor on their operating system.
Method 1: Using the Local Group Policy Editor
The Group Policy is a Windows feature through which you can configure many different types of settings for the operating system. The settings are already available in the Group Policy Editor and you just need to configure it. It contains all those settings that are available in the Control Panel or the Settings app. By enabling this specific setting, you can hide the device performance and health area on your system. Follow the below steps to enable the settings:
The requirement for this setting should be at least Windows 10 version 1709 and Windows Server 2016.
Note: If you are using the Windows Home version, then skip this method and try the Registry method.
- Press the Windows and R keys on your keyboard to open a Run dialog on your system. Now type “gpedit.msc” in the box and click on the Ok button to open the Local Group Policy Editor.
- In the Local Group Policy Editor window, you need to navigate to the following path:
Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Security\Device performance and health\
- Double-click on the setting named “Hide the Device performance and health area” and it will open up in another window. Now change the toggle option from Not Configured to Enabled.
- Click on the Apply and Ok buttons to save the changes. It will automatically update the group policy and change the settings.
- However, if it doesn’t update the group policy, you need to open the Command Prompt as an administrator and type the following command:
- You can always enable the Device performance and health area by changing the toggle option to Not Configured or Disabled in step 3.
Method 2: Using the Registry Editor
This is the alternative method of the Group Policy Editor method. If you already used the Group Policy Editor method, then it will automatically update your Registry. If you are directly using this method, then you need to create the missing keys and values for that specific setting. This is also the only method for Windows Home users to hide the device performance and health area. Make sure to follow the below steps carefully and do not make any mistakes.
- Press the Windows + R key together on your keyboard to open a Run dialog. Now type “regedit” and press the Enter key to open the Registry Editor. If you get a UAC (User Account Control) prompt, then click on the Yes button.
- Before you proceed to make changes, you can always create a backup of Registry by clicking on the File and then choosing the Export option. Name the file and provide the path for the file. Now click on the Save button to save the backup.
Note: You can always recover it by clicking on the File > Import and then choosing the previously created backup file.
- In the Registry Editor window, you need to navigate to the following path:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender Security Center\Device performance and health
Note: If any of the keys are missing in the path, you can create them by right-clicking on the available key and choosing the New > Key option.
- Right-click on the right pane of the “Device performance and health” key and then choose the New > DWORD (32-bit) Value option. Now name this key as “UILockdown“.
- Double-click on the UILockdown value and it will open in a small dialog box. Now change the value data to 1 and click on the Ok button to save it.
- Close the Registry Editor window and then restart the system to apply these changes to your system.
- You can always enable the “Device performance and health” area by changing the value data to 0. You can also simply remove the value from the Registry to enable it back.