Restrict Internet communication

This policy setting specifies whether Windows can access the Internet to accomplish tasks that require Internet resources.

If you enable this setting, all of the the policy settings listed in the "Internet Communication settings" section are set such that their respective features cannot access the Internet.

If you disable this policy setting, all of the the policy settings listed in the "Internet Communication settings" section are set such that their respective features can access the Internet.

If you do not configure this policy setting, all of the the policy settings in the "Internet Communication settings" section are set to not configured.

Supported on: At least Windows XP Professional with SP2
Registry HiveHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\InternetManagement
Value NameRestrictCommunication
Value TypeREG_DWORD
Enabled Value1
Disabled Value0
Enable policy:
Registry PathValue NameValue TypeValue
Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ExplorerNoPublishingWizardREG_DWORD1
Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ExplorerNoWebServicesREG_DWORD1
Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Software Protection PlatformNoGenTicketREG_DWORD1
Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Software Protection PlatformAllowWindowsEntitlementReactivationREG_DWORD1
Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ExplorerNoOnlinePrintsWizardREG_DWORD1
Software\Policies\Microsoft\Messenger\ClientCEIPREG_DWORD2
Software\Policies\Microsoft\PCHealth\HelpSvcHeadlinesREG_DWORD0
Software\Policies\Microsoft\PCHealth\HelpSvcMicrosoftKBSearchREG_DWORD0
Software\Policies\Microsoft\PCHealth\ErrorReportingDoReportREG_DWORD0
Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Error ReportingDisabledREG_DWORD1
Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ExplorerNoInternetOpenWithREG_DWORD1
Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Internet Connection WizardExitOnMSICWREG_DWORD1
Software\Policies\Microsoft\EventViewerMicrosoftEventVwrDisableLinksREG_DWORD1
SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\SystemCertificates\AuthRootDisableRootAutoUpdateREG_DWORD1
Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Registration Wizard ControlNoRegistrationREG_DWORD1
Software\Policies\Microsoft\SearchCompanionDisableContentFileUpdatesREG_DWORD1
Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\PrintersDisableHTTPPrintingREG_DWORD1
Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\PrintersDisableWebPnPDownloadREG_DWORD1
Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\DriverSearchingDontSearchWindowsUpdateREG_DWORD1
Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdateDisableWindowsUpdateAccessREG_DWORD1
Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\HandwritingErrorReportsPreventHandwritingErrorReportsREG_DWORD1
Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\TabletPCPreventHandwritingDataSharingREG_DWORD1
Software\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsMovieMakerWebHelpREG_DWORD1
Software\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsMovieMakerCodecDownloadREG_DWORD1
Software\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsMovieMakerWebPublishREG_DWORD1
Software\Policies\Microsoft\SQMClient\WindowsCEIPEnableREG_DWORD0
Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\NetworkConnectivityStatusIndicatorNoActiveProbeREG_DWORD1
Disable Policy:
Registry HiveRegistry PathValue NameValue TypeValue
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftware\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ExplorerNoPublishingWizardREG_DWORD0
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftware\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ExplorerNoWebServicesREG_DWORD0
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Software Protection PlatformNoGenTicketREG_DWORD0
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Software Protection PlatformAllowWindowsEntitlementReactivationREG_DWORD0
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftware\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ExplorerNoOnlinePrintsWizardREG_DWORD0
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Messenger\ClientCEIPREG_DWORD1
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftware\Policies\Microsoft\PCHealth\HelpSvcHeadlinesREG_DWORD1
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftware\Policies\Microsoft\PCHealth\HelpSvcMicrosoftKBSearchREG_DWORD1
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftware\Policies\Microsoft\PCHealth\ErrorReportingDoReportREG_DWORD1
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Error ReportingDisabledREG_DWORD0
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftware\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ExplorerNoInternetOpenWithREG_DWORD0
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AUNoAutoUpdateREG_DWORD0
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Internet Connection WizardExitOnMSICWREG_DWORD0
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftware\Policies\Microsoft\EventViewerMicrosoftEventVwrDisableLinksREG_DWORD0
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\SystemCertificates\AuthRootDisableRootAutoUpdateREG_DWORD0
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Registration Wizard ControlNoRegistrationREG_DWORD0
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftware\Policies\Microsoft\SearchCompanionDisableContentFileUpdatesREG_DWORD0
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\PrintersDisableHTTPPrintingREG_DWORD0
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\PrintersDisableWebPnPDownloadREG_DWORD0
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\DriverSearchingDontSearchWindowsUpdateREG_DWORD0
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdateDisableWindowsUpdateAccessREG_DWORD0
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\HandwritingErrorReportsPreventHandwritingErrorReportsREG_DWORD0
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\TabletPCPreventHandwritingDataSharingREG_DWORD0
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftware\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsMovieMakerWebHelpREG_DWORD0
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftware\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsMovieMakerCodecDownloadREG_DWORD0
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftware\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsMovieMakerWebPublishREG_DWORD0
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftware\Policies\Microsoft\SQMClient\WindowsCEIPEnableREG_DWORD1
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\NetworkConnectivityStatusIndicatorNoActiveProbeREG_DWORD0

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