Turn off Registration if URL connection is referring to Microsoft.com

This policy setting specifies whether the Windows Registration Wizard connects to Microsoft.com for online registration.

If you enable this policy setting, it blocks users from connecting to Microsoft.com for online registration and users cannot register their copy of Windows online.

If you disable or do not configure this policy setting, users can connect to Microsoft.com to complete the online Windows Registration.

Note that registration is optional and involves submitting some personal information to Microsoft. However, Windows Product Activation is required but does not involve submitting any personal information (except the country/region you live in).

Supported on: At least Windows Server 2003 operating systems with SP1 or Windows XP Professional with SP2
Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Registration Wizard Control
Value NameNoRegistration
Enabled Value1
Disabled Value0


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