How to Enable or Disable Projecting to this PC in Windows 10?

Wondering how to enable or disable projecting to PC in Windows 10?

Windows 10 offers so much more than just the basic elements found in most operating systems. There are several hidden features (or gems) that most users never discover, such as the ‘Projecting to this PC’ feature.

This feature allows its users to project the display from one monitor to another using a wireless network. This is particularly helpful for the users who want to share their screen for better efficiency and communication. 

If you are looking for ways to enable or disable the projection feature in Windows 10, you are in the right place because this guide will walk you through some easy yet effective ways of doing so in details. 

Let’s get started. 

1. Use the Group Policy Editor. 

If you want to enable or disable the ‘Projecting to this PC’ feature in Windows 10, then one way of doing so is via Group Policy Editor. 

Group Policy Editor (GPE) is a built-in Windows feature that allows the users to customize Windows operations according to their requirements. If used correctly, it is also capable of increasing the security of your operating system. 

Here is how you can use the Group Policy Editor to enable/disable ‘Projecting to this PC’ in Windows 10:

  1. Press Windows + R keys simultaneously to open a Run dialogue box. 
  2. In the text field of the dialogue box, type ‘gpedit.msc‘ and hit Enter. Doing so will launch Group Policy Editor on your PC. 
  1. Inside the newly launched window, navigate to the location mentioned below. 
Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Connect\
  1. Locate Don’t allow this PC to be projected to in the right pane and double-click on it. 
How to Enable or Disable Projecting to this PC in Windows 10
  1. Select Enable/Disable according to your preferences and click Apply/OK to save the changes. 
  2. Now check if following the steps mentioned above helped you customize the projection option. If it did not, this means that you will have to force update the changes you made in the Group Policy Editor. In this case, proceed to the 7th step to do so. 
  3. Type cmd in the search bar and click on Run as administrator. This will launch elevated Command Prompt on your screen. 
  4. Inside the Command Prompt window, type the command mentioned below and hit Enter to execute it. 
gpupdate /force

That’s it. This should help you make the required changes without any issues. 

2. Try Using CleanMyPC.

In the event that you experience difficulties with your PC performing the methods described in this guide, the possibility exists that your PC has been corrupted by corruption errors, which restrict you from performing desired operations.

The most common cause behind these corruption errors is the junk files within the operating system, which is why if you haven’t deep cleaned your PC in a long time, now might be the right time to do so. 

The best way to eliminate these unwanted, corrupt files from your system is by using an efficient PC cleaner and if you are looking for a recommendation, we highly recommend going for CleanMyPC

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This PC cleaner comes with a wide range of system maintenance tools that can take care of almost all of your PC-related problems. We noticed a significant increase in the performance and speed of our computer after using CleanMyPC.

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3. Use Windows Registry. 

Another easy method of enabling/disabling ‘Projecting to this PC’ in Windows 10 is via Windows Registry. 

Windows Registry is an administrative-level tool like the Group Policy Editor and it too allows the users to tweak Windows operations according to their preferences. Throughout the Windows Registry, information is stored in the form of Registry keys, and you have to modify the keys to customize Windows operations.

Here how you can use the Registry Editor to enable or disable ‘Projecting to this PC in Windows 10’. 

  1. Open a Run dialogue box by pressing Windows + R keys simultaneously.
  2. Type ‘regedit‘ in the text field of the dialogue box and hit Enter. Doing so will launch Windows Registry on your PC. 
  1. Inside the Registry Editor, navigate to the location mentioned below. 
  1. In case you cannot find the Connect key, right-click on the Windows key and select the New > Key option. Name this newly created key as Connect
  2. Double-click on the Connect key and right-click anywhere in the right pane. 
  3. Choose the New > DWORD (32-bit) Value option and rename the value as AllowProjectionToPC.  
  4. Double click on AllowProjectionToPC and if you want to enable the projection feature, type 1 under Value data. 
How to Enable or Disable Projecting to this PC in Windows 10
  1. If you want to disable it, type 0 under Value data. 
  2. Finally, restart your PC to save the changes. 

That’s it. The projection feature on your Windows 10 should be enabled/disabled on your next reboot. 

This brings us to the end of our guide on enabling/disabling ‘Projecting to this PC’ in Windows 10. We tried walking you through all the steps in detail and hope that one of the methods mentioned above did the trick for you. In case you still have any confusion about the methods, please let us know in the comment section below!

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  • Zainab Falak

    Zainab Falak is a staff writer for Saint and an expert in Microsoft Windows, having authored more than 200 posts. She has a Bachelors in Actuarial Sciences and her passion for computers extends to exploring various aspects, from UI customization to the Windows registry and exploring error codes. Twitter LinkedIn

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