Some of these settings are hidden or managed by your organization

At the office I had a problem with my developer PC. It was running Windows 10 and for some Visual Studio projects (UWP) etc. I had to set my machine to Developer Mode.

This setting can normally be set in Windows Settings, Update & Security, For Developers…


On my machine this window stated that some of these settings are hidden or managed by your organization.

So I called my organization but they were unable to help me out. No one knew the cause of this message. No policy setting was set, I was administrator on the machine etc…

Call closed…

Problem not solved…

I needed this fixed so I gave it my best try… Maybe google could help me out. After a few searches I got the idea the message could erroneously be set by Windows, not because of company policies. I looks like some combination of settings and Windows 10 updates can have this situation as a result.

Walking through various forums with all kind of solutions, there was one simple solution that helped me out…

Remove all settings in the registry key except for one.

Make sure the key Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Appx looks like this:

In my case it also contained the key AllowDevelopmentWithoutDevLicence set to false. I completely removed that key and set AllowAllThrustedApps to true. Rebooted my machine.

Problem solved, case closed.

Where does Windows save Lock screen images

If you are using Windows 10 you might want to save the lock screen images as a background or just because you like them.

The images can be found in this folder:

Select all and copy these files to a new folder where you want to keep / edit them.

The files in this new folder have to be renamed to .jpg to use them with a image viewer / editor. You can do this by starting a command line window and make the folder you created as the current directory. Then execute “ren *.* *.jpg” from this command line window.

Can’t Sync Windows 10 PC Clock to The Internet

While a workgroup computer is connected to the internet, it might not be able to reach the time servers configured. The error: “An error occurred while Windows was synchronizing with The peer is unreachable.” is displayed.An error occurred while Windows was synchronizing with The peer is unreachable.

I’ve found a method to add your local time server to these entries and sync time with a local time server.

Please note: Availability of certain settings can be disabled via distributed Computer policies. These policies are managed by the Computer / Domain administrator.

First you have to start the registry editor with the command regedit.

Navigate to the container: “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\DateTime\Servers”. In this container add a new entry right clicking in the window. Add a new entry with the next number as name.

Double click the entry and add the IP address of the local time server.

Next go to the control panel and navigate to Internet Time Settings via: “Time & Language”, then “Additional date, time, & regional settings” in bottom part “Related settings”. Open “Date and Time” and then select the third tab named “Internet Time” and click the button “Change settings…”.

Select your local time server and press “Update now”.