Windows 10 Tutorials 69 – Changing SmartScreen Settings

Welcome to our series of Microsoft Windows 10 tutorials that help you understand the features of the upcoming Windows 10.

This tutorial will show you how to change Windows SmartScreen settings for all users in Windows 10.

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Windows SmartScreen

SmartScreen Filter is a feature in Internet Explorer that helps protect you computer from downloading or installing malware. In Microsoft Windows 10 this feature has been included as a part of Operating System itself.

Windows SmartScreen will keep your computer safe by checking downloaded files and web content within apps for malicious code and potentially unsafe web content.

If you are downloading an unknown file or open any potentially unsafe file, Windows will display a warning and confirm before you access the file.

If you trust any app, you can ignore the SmartScreen warning and proceed to work on it.

To change Windows SmartScreen settings:

  1. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and select Security and Maintenance.
  2. From the links on the left hand side, click on Change Windows SmartScreen settings.
  3. Click Yes if prompted by UAC.


  1. To turn SmartScreen on with administrator approval required, select radio button next to Get administrator approval before running an unrecognized app from the internet.
  2. To turn SmartScreen on with administrator approval not required, select radio button next to Warn before running an unauthorized app, but don;t require administrator approval.
  3. To turn SmartScreen off, select radio button next to Don’t do anything (turn off Windows SmartScreen)


Note: Turning off SmartScreen Filter can make your computer more vulnerable to security threats.

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