Disable non-admin users' ability to disconnect from a designated Wi-Fi SSID (while it's within range) RRS feed

  • Question

  • A Win7-based solution designed to accomplish the stated goal does not work in Windows 10. In Windows 10 (1607, Enterprise Edition), the Wi-Fi icon (example depicted here) allows non-admin users to circumvent the desired restriction.

    Any ideas about a way to prevent non-admin users from accessing/controlling that UI element in Windows 10 (1607, Enterprise Edition)?

    Other methods (Airplane mode icon, etc.) that non-admin users can use to circumvent the desired restriction have been taken care of.

    Attempts to achieve the desired goal by modifying HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ActionCenter\Quick Actions\All\SystemSettings_Network_Wifi_QuickAction permissions have been unsuccessful (undesirable side effects).

    Settings and quick actions that can be locked down in Windows 10 Mobile implies that there might be a way to achieve the desired goal in Windows 10 Mobile. Do non-mobile editions of Windows 10 have similar lock-down capabilities?

    Tuesday, May 9, 2017 12:36 AM

All replies

  • Hi,

    As you said, we can’t prevent user from choosing which wifi they want to connect, in Window 10, even though network admin assign a wifi SSID to users’ computers, users can still disconnect current connection and choose other available wifi, it’s by design, can’t find out a way to avoid.

    However, we can take another road.

    Indeed, we can’t prevent users from choosing other wifi, but we can make other wifi can’t be available. Using Group Policy to black/white list wireless networks, as a workaround.

    Expand Computer Configuration > Security Settings. You'll notice a node called Wireless Network (IEEE 802.11) Policies

    Right-click Wireless Network (IEEE 802.11) Policies and select Create Wireless Network Policy

    Set the setting that you require.

    For detailed steps please refer to this link below.

    Please Note: Since the website is not hosted by Microsoft, the link may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this information.


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    Wednesday, May 10, 2017 2:51 AM
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    Tuesday, June 6, 2017 2:50 AM