How to Enable or Disable Shared Experiences in Windows 10

Microsoft has introduced a new Shared Experiences feature (formerly referred as Project Rome and Cross-Device Experiences) in Windows 10 Creators Update. Shared Experiences allows you to share experiences, send messages, web links, and open apps across other devices including other Windows 10 PCs, Windows 10 Mobile phones, and Android devices.

Some examples of the Shared Experiences feature include Phone-PC linking, Nearby Sharing, and Share Across Devices.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the Shared Experiences feature for all users on your Windows 10 PC.

You must be signed in as an administrator to enable or disable Shared Experiences.



Contents

  • Option One: To Enable or Disable Shared Experiences in Group Policy
  • Option Two: To Enable or Disable Shared Experiences using a REG file



EXAMPLE: Shared Experiences disabled
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OPTION ONE

To Enable or Disable Shared Experiences in Group Policy


The Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

All editions can use Option TWO below.


2 Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

3 In the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)

Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Group Policy

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3 In the right pane of Group Policy in Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Continue experiences on this device policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

4 Do step 5 (enable) or step 6 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


5 To Enable Shared Experiences

A) Select (dot) Not Configured or Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

Not Configured is the default setting.



6 To Disable Shared Experiences

A) Select (dot) Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

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7 When finished, close the Local Group Policy Editor.

8 Restart the computer to apply.






OPTION TWO

To Enable or Disable Shared Experiences using a REG file


The downloadable .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System

EnableCdp DWORD

<delete> = Enable
0 = Disable


1 Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


2 To Enable Shared Experiences

This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Enable_shared_experiences.reg

Download


3 To Disable Shared Experiences

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Disable_shared_experiences.reg

Download


4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 Restart the computer to apply.

8 If you like, you can now delete the downloaded .reg file.


That's it,
Shawn