Windows 11 Update Brings New Group Policies

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Last week, Microsoft rolled out Windows 11 build to its Dev and Beta Channels. The new preview update incorporates new group policies that will allow the system admin to tweak the Start menu, taskbar, and system tray.

Meanwhile, beta testers can look for newly added group policies by opening the group policy editor and then going to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar.

Additionally, admins can use a profile with custom settings in Microsoft Intune and Endpoint Manager to load the new group policies onto Windows systems.

A comprehensive list of group policies and MDM rolled out in the Windows 11 preview build 22610 includes:

  • Disable Quick Settings flyout
  • Disable Notification Center and calendar flyouts
  • Disable all taskbar settings
  • Disable search (across Start & taskbar)
  • Hide Task View from taskbar
  • Block customization of ‘Pinned’ in Start
  • Hide ‘Recommended’ in Start
  • Disable Start context menus
  • Hide ‘All apps’ in Start

Besides the introduction of new group policies, the Windows 11 preview update likewise includes a few improvements and resolves some known issues. Few of the highlighted ones listed below:

The Family Safety Widget on Windows 11 now includes the location sharing option that allows seeing the location of your family members via the Family Safety app.

The design of the battery icon on the Lock screen has been updated to match the icon design in the taskbar.

The battery icon in the system tray shows estimated battery life timing.

Windows 11 Home edition Dev and Beta Channel builds will now disable the SMB1 file sharing protocol by default.

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