Turn off Windows Network Connectivity Status Indicator active tests

This policy setting turns off the active tests performed by the Windows Network Connectivity Status Indicator (NCSI) to determine whether your computer is connected to the Internet or to a more limited network. As part of determining the connectivity level NCSI performs one of two active tests: downloading a page from a dedicated Web server or making a DNS request for a dedicated address. If you enable this policy setting NCSI does not run either of the two active tests. This may reduce the ability of NCSI and of other components that use NCSI to determine Internet access. If you disable or do not configure this policy setting NCSI runs one of the two active tests.

Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> Software -> Policies -> Microsoft -> Windows -> NetworkConnectivityStatusIndicator # NoActiveProbe

  2. The Administrative Template path is:

    System -> Internet Communication Management -> Internet Communication settings


* 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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