On my lock-screen, there is a networks icon (The one with the little white bars that represent the strength of a wifi signal) and if I click on it, I can change whether my laptop is connected to wifi and I also have access to toggle 'airplane mode' on and off.

I removed all the apps from the lock screen settings, but this seems to be the default. Is there a way to remove the possibility of changing networking settings before one is signed in? After all, I thought the whole point of a machine being 'locked' is to prevent unauthorized users from changing the state of the said machine.

If this persists, then I'll be hoping for a good registry hack..

I'm new to Windows 8.1, so go easy on me :)

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If you're on a domain, use Group Policy to push this setting. If not, open local policy editor (gpedit.msc) and browse out to this setting.

Computer Configuration | Administrative Templates | System | Logon --> Do not display network selection UI

When you've set the change, run gpupdate /force from the cmd prompt then restart the PC, the wifi indicator should be gone!

  • I tried searching for local policy editor and also entering gpedit.msc into the 'run' interface, but the program cannot be located. Is this editor supposed to be part of win 8.1?
    – Dziugas
    Feb 14, 2015 at 14:21
  • Ahh, must have a home edition. Here, click on 'download group policy installer' on this page. askvg.com/…
    – FoxDeploy
    Feb 14, 2015 at 14:28
  • Yep, and I only realized that now. Oddly enough the bit about home edition is not revealed to me through pc info nor through systeminfo in cmd.. Thanks for your help!
    – Dziugas
    Feb 14, 2015 at 14:30
  • If you launch powershell and type 'get-wmiobject win32_operatingsystem | select-object -property caption' you'll see the full version name of your os.
    – FoxDeploy
    Feb 14, 2015 at 14:32
  • All it gives me is "Microsoft Windows 8.1". I suppose if the policy editor is not present, then I most likely have home edition.
    – Dziugas
    Feb 14, 2015 at 14:56

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