What are Family Options in Windows 10 and How to Hide This?

In the new version of Windows 10, there is an addition to the Windows Defender Security Center. The latest update is helping you to protect your device as well as letting you decide how you want your device to use in seven different areas. The seven regions are Virus & threat protection, Account protection, Firewall & network protection, App & browser control, Device security, Device performance & health, and Family options.

Now, if you have children, you know how easy and exciting it has been for them to access computers and new gadgets. You are concerned about what they have been doing all the time on their computer. Also, is it safe for them? To lessen your worries, the Family options feature of Windows 10 has come. Moreover, Windows 10 version 1709 is giving you the opportunity to hide the Family options from other users of your computer.

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Perks of Family options in Windows 10:

You can access these two main features via Family options-

  1. View Parental control settings
  2. See your family’s devices at a glance.

Select View family settings, to adjust and control your family settings. You are taken to the website account.microsoft.com, and there you have to sign in with your Microsoft account.

As a parent, you can now protect your children from unknown harms on the internet. You can choose what websites they can watch or what games they can play. And as an admin, you can hide the Family Options feature so that no one can interfere with it.

There are two ways by which you can hide or show Family options on the Windows Security-

  1. Using the Group Policy Editor

(for those who have access to the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions)

  1. Using a REG file

Option 1: Hide or show the “Family Options” using the Group Policy Editor

If you have access to the Group Policy Editor, then follow these steps to hide the “Family Options” in your Windows 10 computer.

● Press Windows key + R.

● After the Run dialog box shows up, type “gpedit” and press Enter. 

● In the left pane of the Group Policy Editor, navigate this location.

Computer Configuration\Administrative templates\Windows components\Windows Security\Family options 

●     On the right side of the Family Options, choose the Hide the Family options area and double click on it to edit it.

●    To hide– choose Enabled and press OK. 

●    To show the Family Options- choose Disabled and press OK. 

● Close the Group Policy Editor.

Option 2: Hide or Show the Family Options using a REG File

This option is available to everyone. But be careful while using this method. Follow the steps given below.

  1. To hide the Family Options 

● Download the Hide-Family-options.reg file.

● Double click on the file to merge it.

● If prompted, click Run. 

● Click Yes on the UAC prompt and press OK to permit the action.

● Restart your computer to save the changes, and now you can delete the downloaded Hide-Family-options.reg file.

  1. To show the Family Options

● Download the Show-Family-options.reg file.

● Double click on the file to merge it.

● If prompted, click Run. 

● Click Yes on the UAC prompt and press OK to permit the action.

● Restart your computer to save the changes, and now you can delete the downloaded Show-Family-options.reg file.

 The Family Options in Windows Security provides you with full support to control and decide your child’s digital life. If you don’t have children, you can still use it to manage the computer usage of other family members. You can use this post to know how to hide the Family Option and show when you need to make specific changes.

With the help of Family Options, you can decide what websites your kids can visit, how long they should use the device, you can control which apps or games your kids can use on the computer. We have shown you two ways by which you can manage to hide the Family Options in the Windows Security section. Choose the option which works best for you. If you have any queries or feedback, please write down the comment in the below comment box.

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