How to enable grayed out options on Settings page – Windows 10

Today, in this post, we will walk through how to enable the grayed out options inside the Settings app on Windows 10. While configuring different settings on your computer, you must have come across a few settings that are simply grayed out i.e. you can’t enable or disable that particular feature. 

In general, such issues simply occur just because the related group policy is set otherwise. To re-enable such features, you need to modify that particular group policy object accordingly. Once you configure the policy correctly, the grayed out options under the Windows 10 Settings app must be accessible.

Enable Grayed Out Options in Windows 10 Settings 

To turn on the grayed-out options in Windows 10, use the following steps –

  • Press Win + R to launch the Run dialog.
  • Type “gpedit.msc” in the text field and press Enter.
  • When the local group policy editor console opens up, reach out to the following location –

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > All Settings

  • On the right page, scroll down to the policy that is set as either Enabled or Disabled

enable grayed out options on Settings page

  • Double-click upon the specific policy, and choose to “Not configured” option.
  • You may now re-visit the Settings window and look whether this enables back the grayed-out option or not. 

Not configured - enable grayed out options on Settings page

  • Next, click Apply then OK.
  • Lastly, reboot your PC to confirm the above changes.

Usually, following the above steps do enable the grayed out options on the Settings page. However, if not, you may configure the same policy at the below location.

User Configuration > Administrative Templates > All Settings

  • On the right pane, scroll down to the policy that is graying out the specific setting.
  • Select the Not Configured option.
  • At last, hit Apply > OK, and restart Windows.

From the next logon, go to the option that you were not able to turn on or off. This time, the grayed-out option should not appear. 

Note: If the grayed out policy is already set as not configured, you may try enabling then disabling the particular policy or vice versa. 

In case, you are seeing grayed out options under the personalization setting, this doesn’t come under the configuration issues. Rather, it simply occurs because you haven’t activated your copy of Windows 10 yet. In such a scenario, all you require is to activate Windows 10. Check the error that you are getting while activating Windows and the solutions here

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