Windows 10 is very close to its final release, after a multitude of Technical Preview builds. With every new pre-release version, Microsoft irons out a lot of bugs, but a few new problems are bound to rear their heads as well. Windows 10 TP has been inadvertently blocking installation of Modern apps, but some recent builds block more than just apps. Windows 10 users have been reporting difficulties in browsing on IE and Edge both. If you have just updated to Windows 10, you might see the “Ask for Permission” message whenever trying to access a lot of websites. This isn’t an error, but actually the effect of the new Windows 10 Family Filter. If you don’t want a filtered browsing experience though, there is a way of turning the feature off.
There is no ready-made kill switch for the Windows 10 family filter, and you have to perform some rather complicated changes in the OS’ internal settings. You won’t have to mess with your computer’s registry, but the setting that needs to be changed lies buried quite deep within the Shell Menu.
Accessing & Disabling Windows 10 Family Filter
- Open the drive in your system where Windows is installed, which is usually ‘C’ for most users.
- Open the folder named ‘Microsoft’.
- Go to the ‘Shell’ sub-folder located within ‘Windows’.
- In Shell, you will have to make your way to the ‘Family Safety Monitor’ entry. Right-click this and change the current status to ‘Disabled’
- Exit the Shell folder and close any web browser that might be running. This is necessary to ensure that the changes are applied properly.
- Access task manager, using the CTRL+ALT+DEL shortcut, or any other method your are comfortable with.
- Open the ‘Processes’ tab.
- Look for a running process named ‘WpcMon.exe’. If this process is not found, simply quit the task manager. Otherwise, kill the process and exit task manager.
In future, you shouldn’t see the unwanted blocking message when browsing websites. Of course, the feature can be turned back on once it has matured in future builds and is filtering websites that you actually want to avoid. Until then, go ahead and disable the Windows 10 family filter if it has proven to be a nuisance.