Want to turn off Windows 10 Shared Experiences? Here’s how to do it

Giles Ensor avatar. By: Giles Ensor
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Windows 10 Shared Experiences is a way of keeping your PCs or laptops synced. It’s a pretty useful feature if you need to move from one machine to another while working on the task. However, if you don’t need to move between machines, or if you are a network administrator and don’t want nearby machines to have this sharing capabilities, then you’ll probably want to turn off Windows 10 Shared Experiences off.

Three ways to turn off Windows 10 Shared Experiences

  1. Use the ‘Settings’ app
  2. Change ‘Group Policy’ settings
  3. Use the ‘Registry Editor’

Method 1: Use Settings app

This is by far the easiest one to do, and is probably the one that 99% of users will find the most suitable. Go into Settings > System > Shared Experiences.

Windows 10 Shared Experiences

In the image above, you can see the ‘Nearby sharing’ option. You can turn it off just by making sure the toggle switch is in the off position. Let’s look at the other two more complicated methods.

Method 2: Change ‘Group Policy’ settings

First of all, if you are not sure what Group Policy is, then you probably should be using the option above. If you want to know what it is, this is what Microsoft says:

Group Policy enables policy-based administration using Microsoft Active Directory directory services. Group Policy uses directory services and security group membership to provide flexibility and support extensive configuration information. Policy settings are specified by an administrator. This is in contrast to profile settings, that are specified by a user. Policy settings are created using the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in for Group Policy.

If you would like a more detailed explanation of what ‘Group Policy’ is, you can find it in Microsoft Support.

To disable Windows 10 Shared Experiences using this method, follow these steps:

  1. Press Windows key + R and type in ‘gpedit.msc
  2. Then find Group Policy by following this path: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Group Policygroup policy continue experiences on device
  3. Then double click ‘Continue experiences on this device‘ and choose the ‘Disabled‘ option.

— READ ALSO: Fix: ‘Your folder can’t be shared’ error in Windows 10

Method 3: Use the Registry Editor

Before we continue, it goes without saying that you should use caution when changing the Registry Editor. Personally, I have never had a problem, but you never know your bad luck. Unless you are sure that the first option above is not for you, I would avoid playing with the registry. If you are going to use this method, back up your entire PC.

First of all, press the Windows key + r, type in regedit, and click ‘OK’. You now need to follow the path below. By the way, you can just copy the path below, paste it into the address bar, and then press ‘enter’. That’ll save you a bit of time.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindows. 

Windows 10 Shared Experiences

We need to work in a folder called ‘System’. You may already have a system folder, in which case, just right click, select ‘new’, and then ‘DWORD (32-bit) value’. Check out the image below for more help.

Windows 10 Shared Experiences

Name the new file ‘EnableCdp’. Now right click again and click ‘Modify’. Give the file a value of one, click ‘ok’ and you are done.

If you do not have a folder called ‘System’, you can create one by selecting ‘Windows‘, and then right clicking and selecting ‘New Folder’. Call it ‘System’, and then follow the method already described above.

Wrapping it up

And there you have it. Three easy ways to turn off Windows 10 Shared Experiences. Remember that using the Settings app is by the easiest and safest way to disable Shared Experiences. If you feel a rising panic every time you want to press Windows key + r, you probably should just use the app.

What do you think about Windows 10 Shared Experiences? Do you like it? More importantly, do you actually use it? Let us know by sharing your thoughts in the comments below.

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