Privacy and Security Turn On or Off Smart App Control in Windows 11


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This tutorial will show you how to manually turn on or off Smart App Control in Windows 11.

Smart App Control (SAC) is a new security feature starting with Windows 11 build 22567. Smart App Control can work alongside your other security software, such as Microsoft Defender, for added protection.

Smart App Control adds significant protection from malware, including new and emerging threats, by blocking apps that are malicious or untrusted. Smart App Control also helps to block potentially unwanted apps, which are apps that may cause your device to run slowly, display unexpected ads, offer extra software you didn't want, or do other things you don't expect.

Smart App Control starts in evaluation mode. This is a period during which Windows tries to determine if you're a good candidate for Smart App Control. If you are a good candidate for Smart App Control, then it will automatically be turned on. If not, it'll be turned off.

Smart App Control won't block anything while it's in evaluation mode.

Once the evaluation is complete, or if you manually switch Smart App Control on or off, you won't be able to return to evaluation mode unless you reset or reinstall Windows.

In order to ensure a more secure experience Microsoft only enables Smart App Control on a clean install of Microsoft Windows 11. Microsoft wants to be sure that there aren't already untrusted apps running on the device when they turn Smart App Control on. That's why in order to turn Smart App Control back on after it's been turned off, you'll need to reset or reinstall Windows.

There is currently no way to bypass Smart App Control protection for individual apps. You can turn Smart App Control off, or (better yet), contact the developer of the app and encourage them to sign their app with a valid signature.

Smart App Control is only available on clean installs of Windows 11. Also, there are other reasons why Smart App Control could be turned off.
  • During evaluation mode Microsoft determined that you weren't a good candidate for Smart App Control.
  • It was turned off manually by you or another user signed into your machine.
  • Your device is running Windows in S mode. You'll need to turn S mode off, then reset your PC, to enter evaluation mode.
  • You have optional diagnostic data in Windows turned off. If you want to turn Smart App Control on, you'll need to reset this PC, or reinstall Windows, and select Send optional diagnostic data during the setup process.
Note: At this time Smart App Control is only recommended in the North American and European regions.

References:


You must be signed in as an administrator to turn on or off Smart App Control



Contents

  • Option One: Turn On or Off Smart App Control in Windows Security
  • Option Two: Turn On or Off Smart App Control using REG file


EXAMPLE: Smart App Control blocked an app that may be unsafe

Smart_App_Control_blocked_an_app_that_may_be_unsafe.png





Option One

Turn On or Off Smart App Control in Windows Security


1 Open Windows Security.

2 Click/tap on App & browser control in the left pane, and click/tap on the Smart App Control settings link on the right side. (see screenshot below)

Smart_App_Control-1.png

3 Select On or Off for what you want. (see screenshot below)

To turn Smart App Control back on after it's been turned off, you'll need to clean install or reset Windows 11 build 22567 or higher.


Smart_App_Control-2.png




Option Two

Turn On or Off Smart App Control using REG file


To turn Smart App Control back on after it's been turned off, you'll need to clean install or reset Windows 11 build 22567 or higher.


1 Do step 2 (on), step 3 (evaluation), or step 4 (off) below for what you would like to do.

2 Turn On Smart App Control

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.​

Turn_ON_Smart_App_Control.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\CI\Policy]
"VerifiedAndReputablePolicyState"=dword:00000001

3 Set Smart App Control to Evaluation Mode

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.​

Set_Smart_App_Control_to_Evaluation_mode.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\CI\Policy]
"VerifiedAndReputablePolicyState"=dword:00000002

4 Turn Off Smart App Control

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.​

Turn_OFF_Smart_App_Control.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\CI\Policy]
"VerifiedAndReputablePolicyState"=dword:00000000

5 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

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

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

8 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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I just bought a new laptop last week that came with Windows 11, and I've kept up with any updates that have come in since. However, I don't have Smart App Control. Any idea why that is?
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Microsoft Windows 11 Home x64, version 22H2 build 22621.2361
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Laptop 17-cn0008ca
    CPU
    11th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-1135G7 @ 2.40GHz
    Motherboard
    HP 883C
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    16 GB DDR4-3200 MHz RAM (2 x 8 GB)
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    Intel® Iris® Xᵉ Graphics
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    (1) 256 GB PCIe® SSD
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    Dell Inspiron 7700 AIO
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    Dell Inc. 0VY7G1
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    16.00 GB SODIMM
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    Intel(R) Iris(R) Xe Graphics
    Sound Card
    (1) Realtek Audio (2) Intel® Smart Sound Technology for USB Audio (3) Intel® Smart Sound Technology for Bluetooth® Audio (4) Voice Changer Virtual Audio Device (WDM)
    Hard Drives
    C:/ 459.67 GB
    D:/ (Seagate External) 1.82 TB
    Mouse
    Logitech M220
    Browser
    Edge, Vivaldi
    Antivirus
    Defender
I just bought a new laptop last week that came with Windows 11, and I've kept up with any updates that have come in since. However, I don't have Smart App Control. Any idea why that is?
Currently, this is only on Beta and Dev builds of Windows, not the public releases.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro β
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion Laptop 15-eg0070wm
    CPU
    Intel® Core™ i7-1165G7
    Memory
    32 GB DDR4-3200 SDRAM
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    Intel® Iris® Xᵉ Graphics
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    1920x1080
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    2TB PCIe® NVMe™ M.2 SSD
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    Apple iMac 27" 5K (2017)
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    3.4 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5
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    40 GB 2400 MHz DDR4
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    Radeon Pro 570 4 GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    27" 5K, 34" UW
    Screen Resolution
    Mon 1: 5120 × 2880 Mon 2: 2560 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    32GB NVME, 1TB SSD
Just saw this article this morning. It says that if you are already running Windows 11, you are going to have to do a fresh install in order to implement it (so beware that everything will be wiped out). I don't know if this will have any effect on non-compliant devices running Windows 11.

 

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  • OS
    Windows 11/Linux Mint
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    PC/Desktop
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    Dell Optiplex 960
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    Intel Core 2 Duo CPU E8400 @ 3.00 GHz x 2
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    8 GB
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    Intel 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller
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    HP x22LED
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It wont affect non-compliant devices since it'll be turned off by default when you update... If you decide to do a fresh install to have it on, it may have an issue at that point, but I doubt it.
 

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    Windows 11 Pro β
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    HP Pavilion Laptop 15-eg0070wm
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    Intel® Core™ i7-1165G7
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    32 GB DDR4-3200 SDRAM
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    Intel® Iris® Xᵉ Graphics
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    2TB PCIe® NVMe™ M.2 SSD
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    27" 5K, 34" UW
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    Mon 1: 5120 × 2880 Mon 2: 2560 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    32GB NVME, 1TB SSD
It wont affect non-compliant devices since it'll be turned off by default when you update... If you decide to do a fresh install to have it on, it may have an issue at that point, but I doubt it.
Thanks. It looks like a great feature, but for the time being I will hold off.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11/Linux Mint
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    PC/Desktop
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    Dell Optiplex 960
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    Intel Core 2 Duo CPU E8400 @ 3.00 GHz x 2
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP x22LED
    Hard Drives
    Crucial 250 GB SSD, HD 1Tb
Just saw this article this morning. It says that if you are already running Windows 11, you are going to have to do a fresh install in order to implement it...
Interesting. Another article I read says that you only need to reinstall if you upgraded from Windows 10, and machines that came with 11 are fine - no reinstall necessary.

I bought a new laptop last week that came with 11. However, the Smart App Control is not there, because as Archigos says above, it exists only in builds right now, not releases.
So... now I'm thinking that once SAC is included in releases I *will* need to reinstall, if I want that extra security.

And I JUST got done setting up my new laptop with everything I need.
 

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System One System Two

  • OS
    Microsoft Windows 11 Home x64, version 22H2 build 22621.2361
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Laptop 17-cn0008ca
    CPU
    11th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-1135G7 @ 2.40GHz
    Motherboard
    HP 883C
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-3200 MHz RAM (2 x 8 GB)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel® Iris® Xᵉ Graphics
    Sound Card
    Realtek Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Generic PnP Monitor (17.1")
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    (1) 256 GB PCIe® SSD
    (2) 1 TB 5400 rpm SATA HDD
    Mouse
    Dell Wireless
    Internet Speed
    Down: 35.53Mbps; Up: 26.19 Mbps
    Browser
    Vivaldi, Firefox, Cent, Chrome, Edge
    Antivirus
    Bit Defender
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    Microsoft Windows 11 Home x64, version 22H2 build 22621.2361
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    PC/Desktop
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    Dell Inspiron 7700 AIO
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    11th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-1165G7 @ 2.80GHz
    Motherboard
    Dell Inc. 0VY7G1
    Memory
    16.00 GB SODIMM
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    Intel(R) Iris(R) Xe Graphics
    Sound Card
    (1) Realtek Audio (2) Intel® Smart Sound Technology for USB Audio (3) Intel® Smart Sound Technology for Bluetooth® Audio (4) Voice Changer Virtual Audio Device (WDM)
    Hard Drives
    C:/ 459.67 GB
    D:/ (Seagate External) 1.82 TB
    Mouse
    Logitech M220
    Browser
    Edge, Vivaldi
    Antivirus
    Defender
@cbiweb You are correct, systems that come with 11 pre-installed (if a late enough version is on it) will not need a reinstall for the feature to be on. The feature goes into evaluation mode IF the system is from a fresh state (either reinstall or factory) since it can be sure at that point no 'crap' is installed on the system. If there's a chance you may have had time to install things, surf the web, etc. it can no longer promise a 'clean slate' and therefore will not turn the feature on.

Truthfully, if you're smart enough to be on this forum, you probably don't need this feature, it's kind of like the 'anti-pup, anti-spyware, etc' of something like Malwarebytes, just built into the system. There's also the possibility if you did have a system with this turned on, it may 'overreact' and block legit things you are trying to do, without a way to overrule it and allow exceptions.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro β
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    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion Laptop 15-eg0070wm
    CPU
    Intel® Core™ i7-1165G7
    Memory
    32 GB DDR4-3200 SDRAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel® Iris® Xᵉ Graphics
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    2TB PCIe® NVMe™ M.2 SSD
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    macOS Ventura
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    PC/Desktop
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    Apple iMac 27" 5K (2017)
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    3.4 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5
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    40 GB 2400 MHz DDR4
    Graphics card(s)
    Radeon Pro 570 4 GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    27" 5K, 34" UW
    Screen Resolution
    Mon 1: 5120 × 2880 Mon 2: 2560 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    32GB NVME, 1TB SSD
At the PCWorld link in the article it starts out saying: One of the more useful upcoming features within Windows 11 carries with it a major pain point: you’ll need to reset your PC to use it.

It sounds like it's not available yet for general use yet (only on test channels) and will be available soon. What do you think?

 

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  • OS
    Windows 11/Linux Mint
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 960
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Duo CPU E8400 @ 3.00 GHz x 2
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP x22LED
    Hard Drives
    Crucial 250 GB SSD, HD 1Tb
Hi,
Look forward to the the reg file to kill the activate smart app control popup messages :lmao:
 

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    xfinity gigabyte
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    Firefox
    Antivirus
    mbam pro
It sounds to me a whole lot like S-Mode.

I'm considering trying it out, at the risk of some friction, just to experience it. Even with the pain of a clean install.

But I'm still unclear how to turn it on. After I format my disk and reinstall Windows from an ISO (or USB/whatever), will the option allow me to turn it on up until the moment I first install something? Or do I have something like 24 hours from completion of install to turn it on? How does it work?

I've seen several people say they clean installed and still can't turn it on so I'd like to be much more clear of what I should do to achieve turning this on.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 RP ring
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Lattitude 5520
    CPU
    11th Gen Intel Core i7-1185G7 @ 3.00GHz
    Memory
    32 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Iris Xe Graphics
    Monitor(s) Displays
    28" Samsung LU28e590DS
    Screen Resolution
    3840×2160
    Hard Drives
    KBG40ZNS512G NVMe KIOXIA 512GB
    Keyboard
    Microsoft Sculpt Desktop
    Mouse
    Logitech Cheap Thing from Walmart
    Internet Speed
    AT&T Fiber 500 GB symmetric
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 canary ring
    Computer type
    Tablet
    Manufacturer/Model
    Microsoft Surface Book 2
    Memory
    8 GB
@CmdrKeene My understanding, is if you do a fresh install, it will default to "Evaluation" at install... then it will run for a week or two (don't remember the exact length) and either turn on or off based on if it thinks it can help you.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro β
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion Laptop 15-eg0070wm
    CPU
    Intel® Core™ i7-1165G7
    Memory
    32 GB DDR4-3200 SDRAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel® Iris® Xᵉ Graphics
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    2TB PCIe® NVMe™ M.2 SSD
  • Operating System
    macOS Ventura
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Apple iMac 27" 5K (2017)
    CPU
    3.4 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5
    Memory
    40 GB 2400 MHz DDR4
    Graphics card(s)
    Radeon Pro 570 4 GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    27" 5K, 34" UW
    Screen Resolution
    Mon 1: 5120 × 2880 Mon 2: 2560 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    32GB NVME, 1TB SSD
It sounds to me a whole lot like S-Mode.

I'm considering trying it out, at the risk of some friction, just to experience it. Even with the pain of a clean install.

But I'm still unclear how to turn it on. After I format my disk and reinstall Windows from an ISO (or USB/whatever), will the option allow me to turn it on up until the moment I first install something? Or do I have something like 24 hours from completion of install to turn it on? How does it work?

I've seen several people say they clean installed and still can't turn it on so I'd like to be much more clear of what I should do to achieve turning this on.

Hello Sean, :)

I reset my Surface Pro X, and Smart App Control was set to "Evaluation" afterwards. I was then able to turn it on.

If ever turned off, you'll have to reset or clean install again to be able to turn on again.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self build
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    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
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    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
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    64 GB (4x16GB) G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4 3600 MHz (F4-3600C18D-32GTZR)
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    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING (11GB GDDR5X)
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    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    4TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
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    Corsair Hydro H115i
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    Logitech wireless K800
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    Logitech MX Master 3
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    1 Gbps Download and 35 Mbps Upload
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    Google Chrome
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    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
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    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S23 Plus phone
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    Laptop
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    HP Spectre x360 2in1 14-eu0098nr (2024)
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    Intel Core Ultra 7 155H 4.8 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR5x-7467 MHz
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    Integrated Intel Arc
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    Poly Studio
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    14" 2.8K OLED multitouch
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    2880 x 1800
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    2 TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
    Internet Speed
    Intel Wi-Fi 7 BE200 (2x2) and Bluetooth 5.4
    Browser
    Chrome and Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
This reg tweak is usable under the stable 22000.xxx branch, or only applicable for Beta/Dev 225xx branch?
 

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System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro Latest Retail Build
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    PC/Desktop
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    Self-Assembled Intel 12th Gen based Desktop PC
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    i5-125400
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    ASUS TUF GAMING B660 Wifi D4
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    Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 32 GB [16GB x2 Dual Channel] @3200Mhz CL16
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    Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X OC Edition
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    Motherboard Realtek UDA DTS Audio
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    AOC 24 Inch LED
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    1920 * 1080 (Full HD)
    Hard Drives
    1. SSD: NVME M.2 2280 Gen3x4 WD Blue SN570 250GB
    2. HDD: Seagate 2TB @5400
    PSU
    Cooler Master Extreme 600W
    Case
    Gigabyte C200
    Cooling
    6 Arctic Chassis Fans
    Keyboard
    Logitech K295 Wireless M&K Combo
    Mouse
    Logitech Gaming G102 LightSync
    Internet Speed
    100 Mbps Fiber Broadband
    Browser
    Chrome+Firefox (Latest always)
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    Eset Internet Security (Latest always)
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    MyDesk
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    Windows 11 Pro Latest Build
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    PC/Desktop
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    Self-Assembled Intel 13th Gen based Desktop PC
    CPU
    Intel 13th Gen i5-13600KF
    Motherboard
    MSI MAG B760 Tomahawk WIFI D4
    Memory
    Crucial Ballistix DDR4 32GB [16GB x2 Dual Channel] @3600 CL16
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    Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti OC
    Sound Card
    Motherboard Realtek UDA DTS Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Hisense 43" 4K TV
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    4096 * 2160 (4K)
    Hard Drives
    1. SSD1: NVME PCI-e Gen4x4 Kingstone KC3000 [500 GB]
    2. SSD2: NVME PCI-e Gen4x4 Adata XPG S70 Blade [1 TB]
    3. HDD 1: Seagate 4 TB
    4. HDD 2: WD BLUE 1TB
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    Cooler Master MWE V2 650W Gold Fully Modular
    Case
    Cooler Master MasterBox MB540 ARGB
    Cooling
    Deepcool AK400 Zero Dark Edition (with 5 Arctic 120mm & 240mm Case Fans)
    Mouse
    Logitech G304 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Mouse
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wireless Keyboard
    Internet Speed
    100 Mbps Optical Fiber Broadband
    Browser
    Google+Firefox (Latest)
    Antivirus
    Eset Internet Security (Latest)
    Other Info
    MyDesk-Gaming
This reg tweak is usable under the stable 22000.xxx branch, or only applicable for Beta/Dev 225xx branch?

Hello, :)

Smart App Control is only available in build 22567 and higher.

Just to note:

To turn Smart App Control back on after it's been turned off, you'll need to clean install or reset Windows 11 build 22567 or higher.


The REG files will not be able to turn it back on once turned off without having to do a reset or clean install first.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self build
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    64 GB (4x16GB) G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4 3600 MHz (F4-3600C18D-32GTZR)
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING (11GB GDDR5X)
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    4TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gbps Download and 35 Mbps Upload
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S23 Plus phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Spectre x360 2in1 14-eu0098nr (2024)
    CPU
    Intel Core Ultra 7 155H 4.8 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR5x-7467 MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Integrated Intel Arc
    Sound Card
    Poly Studio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    14" 2.8K OLED multitouch
    Screen Resolution
    2880 x 1800
    Hard Drives
    2 TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
    Internet Speed
    Intel Wi-Fi 7 BE200 (2x2) and Bluetooth 5.4
    Browser
    Chrome and Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
TBH, If you install loads of random apps that you have no idea where they came from, what they are or what they'll do, then this feature sounds appropriate, Other than that its pretty pointless. Use ya brain and dont install dodgy stuff, MS finally trying to cover for people who have no common sense lol
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    10700k@5.2
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte Gaming X Z490
    Memory
    Viper Steelseries 32gb@ 3600mhz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte 2070 Super 8GB, +200 core + 600 memory
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS 4k HDR, Two 1080p Benq and Samsung
    Screen Resolution
    3840x2160/2560x1440/1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Adata XPG SX8200 PRO 1tb
    Samsung EVO 870 500GB
    PSU
    Corsair RX 650
    Case
    NZXT h510
    Cooling
    CM HYPER 212 RGB
    Keyboard
    Razer Ornata Chroma
    Mouse
    Steelseries Rival 710

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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 5 3600 & No fTPM (07/19)
    Motherboard
    MSI B450 TOMAHAWK 7C02v1E & IFX TPM (07/19)
    Memory
    4x 8GB ADATA XPG GAMMIX D10 DDR4 3200MHz CL16
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI Radeon RX 580 ARMOR 8G OC @48FPS (08/19)
    Sound Card
    Creative Sound Blaster Z (11/16)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" AOC G2460VQ6 (01/19)
    Screen Resolution
    1920×1080@75Hz & FreeSync (DisplayPort)
    Hard Drives
    ADATA XPG GAMMIX S11 Pro SSD 512GB (07/19)
    PSU
    Seasonic M12II-520 80 Plus Bronze (11/16)
    Case
    Lian Li PC-7NB & 3x Noctua NF-S12A FLX@700rpm (11/16)
    Cooling
    CPU Cooler Noctua NH-U12S@700rpm (07/19)
    Keyboard
    HP Wired Desktop 320K + Rabalux 76017 Parker (01/24)
    Mouse
    Logitech M330 Silent Plus (04/23)
    Internet Speed
    400/40 Mbps via RouterOS (05/21) & TCP Optimizer
    Browser
    Edge with Brave (No FB/Google) & Brave for YouTube & LibreWolf for FB
    Antivirus
    NoAV & Binisoft WFC & NextDNS
    Other Info
    Headphones: Sennheiser RS170 (09/10)
For anyone who wants to give it a try with the ability to go back to the evaluation mode, after turning it on, without having to clean install Windows or reset:
  1. you can create a system restore point prior to turning it on,
  2. turn it on, restart your computer, run your programs see which ones are blocked,
  3. if you are satisfied, keep it on, if not, use restore point to go back to the evaluation mode.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
For anyone who wants to give it a try with the ability to go back to the evaluation mode, after turning it on, without having to clean install Windows or reset:
  1. you can create a system restore point prior to turning it on,
  2. turn it on, restart your computer, run your programs see which ones are blocked,
  3. if you are satisfied, keep it on, if not, use restore point to go back to the evaluation mode.

Hello, :-)

I'd go further and recommend creating a system image backup first so you can restore it if needed/wanted to be extra safe.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self build
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    64 GB (4x16GB) G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4 3600 MHz (F4-3600C18D-32GTZR)
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING (11GB GDDR5X)
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    4TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gbps Download and 35 Mbps Upload
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S23 Plus phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Spectre x360 2in1 14-eu0098nr (2024)
    CPU
    Intel Core Ultra 7 155H 4.8 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR5x-7467 MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Integrated Intel Arc
    Sound Card
    Poly Studio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    14" 2.8K OLED multitouch
    Screen Resolution
    2880 x 1800
    Hard Drives
    2 TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
    Internet Speed
    Intel Wi-Fi 7 BE200 (2x2) and Bluetooth 5.4
    Browser
    Chrome and Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
Hello, :-)

I'd go further and recommend creating a system image backup first so you can restore it if needed/wanted to be extra safe.

Hi,
I tested it with restore point on Windows insider dev build 25201 and it could successfully revert it back to evaluation mode after restore operation,

although I'm curious to know, what kind of settings can not be reverted with restore point, if any, and only need full system image backup?
 
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
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