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Microsoft’s Group Policies for Human Presence Now on Windows 10

Group Policies for Human Presence for Windows 10 brings several automatic actions to ensure a PC is off when not attended.


is readying its new Group Policies for Human Presence on and should be publishing soon. This is an important release because it will give admins the ability to lock unattended PCs.

Group Policies for Human Presence is now a part of Windows 10 Build 21332 on the Windows Insider Program. This is a release so it will ship with Windows 10 21H1 in May.

Microsoft has not explained how the feature works. However, it is likely to a combination of Windows services will be used, including Bluetooth and Windows Hello. Signals from user smartphones will likely function to tell admins when a user is away from their PC.

Importantly, users will be able to use Group Policies for Human Presence to handle those times they are not attending their PC. The following actions will be available:

  • “WakeOnSwitch: Automatically wake my device when I approach
  • WakeDistance: Wake up my device when I am (x distance away)
  • SensorSelect: We detected multiple sensors on your device. Which sensor do you want to use?
  • LockTimeout: Turn my screen off after (x time)
  • LockOnSwitch: Automatically turn off my device's screen when I leave
  • LockDistance:  When I am more than (x distance away)”

Remote Work Benefits

While the tool will have benefits in the normal work environment, it will because especially useful for . During the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of people worked from home and many of them will continue to do so.

It's easy to see how these group policies will allow employees to ensure PC safety when they are not in a secure on-premises environment.

Tip of the day:

Did you know that as a Windows 10 admin you can restrict user accounts by disabling settings or the control panel? Our tutorial shows how to disable and enable them via Group Policy and the registry.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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