Device Performance and Health Area

Hide the Device Performance and Health Area in Windows 10

The Device Performance and Health Area is a part of the Windows Defender Security Center. In this section, you can check the status of the device’s performance and health. It can be further used to keep your device clean and updated with the latest version. Nevertheless, this area can be hidden from the Windows Defender Security Center. Several organizations can hide the specific areas of settings to keep it minimum for the employees. This post will show you procedures through which you can easily hide the Device Performance and Health Area in Windows 10. 

The Group Policy Editor is exclusively available for Windows 10 Enterprise, Windows 10 Pro, and Windows 10 Education. We have further included the Registry Editor method for the Windows Home users who does not have Group Policy Editor on their operating system. 

Procedure 1: Using the Local Group Policy Editor 

The Group Policy is a Windows trait through which you can configure several different settings for the operating system. The settings are previously available in the Group Policy Editor, and you need to configure them. It includes all those settings that are available in the Control Panel or the Settings app. By allowing this specific setting, you can hide the Device Performance and Health Area on your system. Follow the below actions to enable the settings: 

The condition for this setting should be at least Windows 10 version 1709 and Windows Server 2016. 

Note: If you are utilizing the Windows Home version, skip this method and try the Registry method. 

1- Press the Windows and R keys on your keyboard to open a Run dialog on your system. Now type “gpedit.MSC” in the box & click on the Ok button to open the Local Group Policy Editor. 

2- In the Local Group Policy Editor window, you need to navigate to the subsequent path: 

Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Security\Device performance and health\ 

3- Double click on the setting named “Hide the Device Performance and Health Area,” and it will open up in another window. Now modify the toggle option from Not Configured to Enabled. 

4- Click on the Apply & Ok buttons to save the changes. It will automatically update the group policy and change the settings. 

5- However, if it doesn’t update the group policy, you need to open the Command Prompt as an administrator and type the following command: 

gpupdate /force 

6- You can always enable the Device Performance and Health Area by changing the toggle option to Not Configured or Disabled in step 3. 

Procedure 2: Using the Registry Editor 

This is the alternative procedure of the Group Policy Editor method. If you previously used the Group Policy Editor method, then it will automatically update your Registry. If you are directly using this procedure, you need to create the missing keys and values for that specific setting. This is also the simplest method for Windows Home users to hide the Device Performance and Health Area. Make sure to follow the below actions carefully and do not make any mistakes. 

1- Press the Windows + R key together on your keyboard to open a Run dialog. Now type “Regedit” & press the Enter key to open the Registry Editor. If you get a UAC (User Account Control) prompt, then agree on the Yes button. 

2- Before you continue 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 give the path for the file. Now agree on the Save button to save the backup. 

Note: You can evermore recover it by clicking on the File > Import and choosing the previously created backup file. 

3- In the Registry Editor window, you need to navigate to the subsequent path: 

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender Security Center\Device performance and health 

Note: If some of the keys are missing in the path, you can create them by right-clicking on the available key & choosing the New > Key option. 

4- Right-click on the right pane of the “Device Performance and Health Area” key and then choose the New > DWORD (32-bit) Value option. Now name this key as “UILockdown.” 

5- Double click on the UILockdown value, and it will open in a small dialog box. Now change the value data to 1 & click on the Ok button to save it. 

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6- Close the Registry Editor window and then restart the system to apply these changes to your system. 

7- You can always allow the Device Performance and Health Area by changing the value data to 0. You can further remove the value from the Registry to enable it back.

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