Impact of Removing HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\AppPrivacy

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  1. Paul Black's Avatar
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    Impact of Removing HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\AppPrivacy


    I am in the process of finalising my Customisations on my test OS ready for a Clean Install.

    I came across a REG file that I had created a while ago, but I did NOT run it, and I initially thought that it would work nicely. On reflection though, I am NOT so sure, hence creating this thread looking for input.

    Code:
    
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    [-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\AppPrivacy]

    The majority of what this removes I already have the REG files for ready to go, and as you can probably imagine, there are quite a few of them.

    I decided to investigate what the impact was likely to be, and I came across this website which lists the various categories held within AppPrivacy . . .

    > HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\AppPrivacy

    Now I could setup a REG file [ rather than having MANY files that Turn Off and Disable ] that will Remove them Individually if I did NOT want to Remove them ALL, something like this for example . . .

    Code:
    
    [-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\AppPrivacy\LetAppsAccessBackgroundSpatialPerception]
    
    . . .
    
    [-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\AppPrivacy\LetAppsAccessAccountInfo_ForceDenyTheseApps]

    . . . or, run them anyway and then run . . .

    [-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\AppPrivacy]

    I do know that once they are gone, they are gone, and it would take a tremendous effort, investigation, and testing to get them back!

    I will probably create a System Image tomorrow and test this out, but I thought I would see what you think beforehand?
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  2. dalchina's Avatar
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    FWIW ....\AppPrivacy doesn't exist on mine. At a guess it would be created if I enabled one or more of those policies...
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  3. TairikuOkami's Avatar
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       #3

    If you remove policies, related settings will simply revert to defaults.
    Impact of Removing HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\AppPrivacy-capture_05082021_174624.jpg

    I remove the whole key every day.
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  4. Paul Black's Avatar
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    Thanks for the reply,

    dalchina said:
    FWIW ....\AppPrivacy doesn't exist on mine. At a guess it would be created if I enabled one or more of those policies...

    That's interesting. Out of interest, did you perform a Custom Install to NOT to have that entry.
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  5. Paul Black's Avatar
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    Thanks for the reply,

    TairikuOkami said:
    If you remove policies, related settings will simply revert to defaults.

    I remove the whole key every day.

    I setup my Desktop [ I am on a Laptop ] last year using the numerous REG files and this is ALL I have in that Key [ which are soon to go ] . . .

    Code:
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\AppPrivacy]
    @=""
    "LetAppsGetDiagnosticInfo"=dword:00000002
    "LetAppsSyncWithDevices"=dword:00000002
    "LetAppsAccessCamera"=dword:00000002
    "LetAppsAccessCamera_UserInControlOfTheseApps"=hex(7):00,00
    "LetAppsAccessCamera_ForceAllowTheseApps"=hex(7):00,00
    "LetAppsAccessCamera_ForceDenyTheseApps"=hex(7):00,00

    I very RARELY turn off my computer, I just put it to Sleep. Do you run that as a Scheduled Task in Startup for example?

    I would be interested in seeing the whole of that Script file if you are willing. If NOT, I totally understand.

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  6. Paul Black's Avatar
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       #6

    I should also mention that I have already run ALL the REG files on this Laptop [ Test OS ] and I do NOT have the AppPrivacy Key either. I will investigate further!
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  7. dalchina's Avatar
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    Win 10 Pro (1903)
       #7

    Paul Black said:
    Thanks for the reply,


    That's interesting. Out of interest, did you perform a Custom Install to NOT to have that entry.
    Well, the O/S was (presumably clean installed) on this refurbished laptop when I got it.. nothing special..
    Impact of Removing HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\AppPrivacy-1.png
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  8. Berton's Avatar
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       #8

    I don't have that entry either, no custom install on 7-year-old Notebook Upgraded from Windows 8 Pro to Windows 10 Pro.
    Impact of Removing HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\AppPrivacy-image.png
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  9. TairikuOkami's Avatar
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    Windows Home Dev 21xxx x64
       #9

    Paul Black said:
    Do you run that as a Scheduled Task in Startup for example?
    I use it as a shutdown shortcut, it resets settings to mine and prevents a possible malware infection.
    Paul Black said:
    I would be interested in seeing the whole of that Script file
    It is in my signature. I made it for myself, but several people asked me to share it.
    It had about 80.000 views on pastebin, till it was taken down, by privacy tools?!

    GitHub - TairikuOokami/Windows: Windows
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  10. Paul Black's Avatar
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       #10

    Hello @TairikuOkami,

    I just had a quick look at the Tweaks Script, WOW.

    So basically, regardless of what you did during the day, good or bad, that Script Resets ALL of your Configurations back.

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