Configuration of wireless settings using Windows Connect Now

This policy setting allows the configuration of wireless settings using Windows Connect Now (WCN). The WCN Registrar enables the discovery and configuration of devices over Ethernet (UPnP), over In-band 802.11 WLAN, through the Windows Portable Device API (WPD), and via USB Flash drives.

Additional options are available to allow discovery and configuration over a specific medium.

If you enable this policy setting, additional choices are available to turn off the operations over a specific medium.

If you disable this policy setting, operations are disabled over all media.

If you do not configure this policy setting, operations are enabled over all media.

The default for this policy setting allows operations over all media.

Supported on: At least Windows Vista
Registry HiveHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WCN\Registrars
Value NameEnableRegistrars
Value TypeREG_DWORD
Enabled Value1
Disabled Value0

Turn off ability to configure using WCN over Ethernet (UPnP)
Registry HiveHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WCN\Registrars
Value NameDisableUPnPRegistrar
Value TypeREG_DWORD
Default Value0
True Value1
False Value0
Turn off ability to configure using WCN over In-band 802.11 WLAN
Registry HiveHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WCN\Registrars
Value NameDisableInBand802DOT11Registrar
Value TypeREG_DWORD
Default Value0
True Value1
False Value0
Turn off ability to configure using a USB Flash Drive
Registry HiveHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WCN\Registrars
Value NameDisableFlashConfigRegistrar
Value TypeREG_DWORD
Default Value0
True Value1
False Value0
Turn off ability to configure Windows Portable Device (WPD)
Registry HiveHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WCN\Registrars
Value NameDisableWPDRegistrar
Value TypeREG_DWORD
Default Value0
True Value1
False Value0
Maximum number of WCN devices allowed:

Registry HiveHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WCN\Registrars
Value NameMaxWCNDeviceNumber
Value TypeREG_DWORD
Default Value500
Min Value
Max Value65535
Higher precedence medium for devices discovered by multiple media:


  1. WCN over Ethernet (UPnP)
    Registry HiveHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WCN\Registrars
    Value NameHigherPrecedenceRegistrar
    Value TypeREG_DWORD
    Value1
  2. WCN over In-band 802.11 WLAN
    Registry HiveHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WCN\Registrars
    Value NameHigherPrecedenceRegistrar
    Value TypeREG_DWORD
    Value2


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