The latest version of operating system from Microsoft, Windows 8 is built-in with several new features. The company has made several under-the-hood and visual changes to Windows 8. It might be a little surprising to know that there are several people who are still exploring Windows 8. Customizing an operating system is the first option that many people look into. Luckily, Windows 8 throws a lot of hope into this criterion. Let us discuss the first step involved in Local Group Policy Editor Tweaks.
What’s New in Windows 8:
Modern User Interface Apps: Windows 8 has undergone a major change in its user interface. The interface, which was formerly popular by the name Metro UI, is now known as Modern UI. The “Start Screen” is a new addition, which serves the main purpose of accessing apps downloaded from the App Store. Uninstalling a Windows app can be easily performed by right clicking the “Start Screen” and picking the “Uninstall” option.
The “Change a Program” or “Uninstall” dialog box allows you to uninstall applications installed from other sources.
Hide Applets or “Control Panel” Tools: Microsoft has never made any changes to the Control Panel in Windows 8. It is an in-house storage of applets and system tools, which can be used for changing the default settings of various PC components. However, simple options can be used to disable these settings allowing any user of the computer to make changes to the settings. If you like to restrict this action, you can activate the policy settings found in the “Local Group Policy Editor”.
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Disable Windows Store: Windows Store is the app marketplace of Windows 8. Windows Store is a storehouse of a number of apps, which keep increasing in number each day. It is well known fact that they have both paid and free apps. If you happen to lend your Windows 8 system to a third person, you might want to block the access to download apps. Unfortunately, Windows 8 does not have a default option to disable Windows Store. However, you can block the access by making changes to the “Local Group Policy Editor”.
Turn Off Lock Screen: The lock screen in Windows 8 comes with some interesting features. It provides you the option to lock the computer with the help of a password. Apart from this, you can view notifications from various apps like People, Date& Time, Email, Status, Battery and others. If you are a tablet user, entering the password every time can be a little annoying. Windows 8 has some default settings, which allow you to tweak certain elements in the “Lock Screen”. It can be permanently disabled by making changes in the “Local Group policy Editor”.
Turn Off “Lock Screen” App: Windows 8 has a unique feature, where it is capable of running on tablets and computers. Windows 8 provides you app notifications, which appear on the “Lock Screen”. This might be disturbing if you are a tablet user. This can also be turned off from the “Local Group Policy Editor”.
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Secure Internet Settings: The problem with Internet settings is, a minor change will reflect on all the user profiles. If you are particular that no one should make any changes to the Internet Settings, the “Local Group policy Editor” can be used to block access.
If you have decided to make some tweaks to the “Local Group policy Editor” learn the complete registry so that you are well aware of the changes you make to the operating system. You will now have a screen that fulfills your requirements.
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