Hide the geographic location option

This policy setting removes the option to change the user’s geographical location (GeoID) from the Region settings control panel. This policy setting is used only to simplify the Regional Options control panel. If you enable this policy setting the user does not see the option to change the GeoID. This does not prevent the user or an application from changing the GeoID programmatically. If you disable or do not configure this policy setting the user sees the option for changing the user location (GeoID). Note: Even if a user can see the GeoID option the “Disallow changing of geographical location” option can prevent them from actually changing their current geographical location.

Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Software -> Policies -> Microsoft -> Control Panel -> International # HideCurrentLocation

  2. The Administrative Template path is:

    Control Panel -> Regional and Language Options


* Making mistakes while changing registry values can affect your system adversely. We recommend you to create a System Restore point before making registry manipulation. If you're new to Registry Editor, read this beginner's guide.
** To locate the registry and administrative template path, checkout beginner's guide.
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