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Group Policy to disable ability to turn off wireless networking in Windows 8.1 Update

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  • I am wanting to disable the ability to turn off wireless networking in our Windows 8.1 Update clients using Group Policy. We are a school that runs classroom management software enabling the teachers to view what the students have on their screens. Students just switch off their wireless to avoid detection. I have searched the Group Policy listings and can't find anything.

    Thanks.

    Wednesday, November 12, 2014 5:25 AM

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  • Something like this ? 

    http://www.edugeek.net/forums/windows/46788-prevent-students-changing-any-wireless-network-settings.html


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    Wednesday, November 12, 2014 7:12 AM
  • Or may be User Configuration -> Policies -> AdministrativeTemplates -> Start Menu & Taskbar -> Remove networking icon

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    Wednesday, November 12, 2014 7:12 AM
  • Have tried these group policy settings and it does stop the ability to disable wireless adapter in desktop UI but the modern UI in network connections still allows the wifi to be turned off.
    Thursday, November 13, 2014 4:03 AM
  • Hi  GeoffAUS,

    I can’t find a direct group policy to disable the users’ ability to turn off the wireless network in Windows 8.1.
    If we just disable the display of wireless connection, we will need to additionally disable the ability that disabling the driver in device manager.

    We could try the workaround to use UAC to control the wireless connection.
    Go to Computer Configuration->Windows Settings->Security Settings->Local Policy->Security Options, and set the option User Account Control: Behavior of the elevation prompt for standard users.

    Please make sure the computer automatically connect to Wireless.
    For more information, please refer to the following article.
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/gg266419.aspx

    Best regards,
    Fangzhou CHEN


    Fangzhou CHEN
    TechNet Community Support

    • Proposed as answer by Michael_LSModerator Tuesday, November 25, 2014 5:52 AM
    • Unproposed as answer by GeoffAUS Tuesday, November 25, 2014 7:02 AM
    Friday, November 14, 2014 2:50 AM
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  • I explore the available settings, I don't see any. FangZhou Chen gace a nice solution.

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    Friday, November 14, 2014 10:41 AM
  • Hi Guys, still does not stop the graphical switches being turned off in PC Settings in the modern interface. I am also set to connect automatically.
    Tuesday, November 25, 2014 7:04 AM
  • Hello GeoffAUS,

    According to lots of research and test, I still can’t find an solution to totally disable the ability of user to turn off the wireless network.

    As you have the classroom management software to detect the screens of the student, we could know who switch off the wireless and let them reconnect.

    Best regards,
    Fangzhou CHEN 


    Fangzhou CHEN
    TechNet Community Support

    Monday, December 1, 2014 2:30 AM
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  • Hi Fangzhou, Have you had any luck with this issue? 
    Monday, October 30, 2017 2:30 AM