Fixing “Open Shell needs to configure itself”

If you use Open Shell (the replacement for Classic Shell) every time you upgrade Windows your users will get hit with the message “Open Shell needs to configure itself for the new operating system”.   If you are not an administrator on the machine, you will be prompted to enter an admin name and password in order to make the necessary changes.  If you are like me you hopefully have your users restricted to protect them from the internet and themselves.  If you do, then they will get this message over and over again until an administrator signs on and fixes the issue.

I have an easier way that I have used for some time now with Classic Shell.  I have rewritten the script to work with Open Shell.  Run this however you want. If you use SCCM you can run this after Windows has upgraded in your Task Sequence or as a separate Task Sequence that runs after an upgrade. If you are on a domain, you can just push out the registry key with the correct value and ONLY apply the GPO to the correct version of Windows 10. Each version will have a different value. This must be ran as an admin or as system for it to make the needed registry changes.


About The Author

I have worked in the computer repair field since the early 90's. I was a technician and then Coordinator of Computer Repair for Regional Education Service Agency II (RESA 2) for 18 years. I am currently working for Wayne County Schools as a Network Engineer/Technology Specialist. I am responsible for the schools Internet access, Wi-Fi, networks, servers, laptops, desktops, and their operating systems and software.

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