[Update: Please note that rolling back to older drivers can introduce security risks to your system! There’s a reason why software is updated–often it is because security issues are found. Please keep that in mind when making system changes.]

I discovered the camera on my Lenovo laptop wasn’t working. It’s the integrated camera app that comes with Windows 10. I made sure I hadn’t disabled it, attempted to update the driver, then, after receiving a message that the driver was already the most up-to-date, I rolled back to a previous driver. That got it working.

Quick directions:

For Windows 10, here’s how you can change application startup behavior:

  • Hit the Windows key on your keyboard to open the Start menu.

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  • Then click or tap the little cog wheel to access your settings.

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  • Once in settings, open “Apps”, then look for the Startup option in the menu along the left.

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  • There you’ll find a list with a little toggle button to turn the startup behavior on or off.

A few programs that I’d prevented from starting after logon reappeared after upgrading to Windows 10. That may be happening for some of you, too, but you may have been unfamiliar with where to go to make changes in Windows 10.

There is a helpful article from HowToGeek (Link to How To Geek article) about preventing Microsoft Teams from starting automatically. I have an Office 365 subscription through my school, and all my Windows devices had begun annoying me with a popup to sign in to Teams (which I don’t use).

I share the article here because it has useful info about preventing programs in general from starting after you first log on to Windows. Many of you may just be upgrading to Windows 10 as support for Windows 7 drops off after this month. Some of the layout and settings may be confusing. That article shows you a quick way to access your Windows Settings.

If you’re unfamiliar with Windows 10, you also may find yourself confused when looking for the Control Panel. Most every setting can be found by typing in the search area with Windows 10. Hit the Windows key on your keyboard to bring up the start menu, then click the magnifying glass and enter your search term. Start typing Control Panel and you’ll find a match appear for the “Control Panel app”.

 

After reading some articles about a Chrome update, I looked into my Chrome browser settings to check which version I was using. When I did, an unfamiliar message caught my eye:

Screenshot of the message in Chrome settings that reads
Screenshot of the message in Chrome settings that reads “Managed by your organization”.

An employer can manage software on a computer that you may use for work, applying restrictions and monitoring usage. Since I was on my personal device that isn’t a part of an organization, I found this odd.

I found several articles online discussing the issue, but none had any conclusive advise as to why this happens if your device isn’t supposed to be managed by an outside entity. The general thought is that a recent Chrome update causes this message to be shown if software on your computer controls some Chrome settings. I won’t get into the details here, but links to the articles are at the end of this post for your further reading.

If you’ve seen this message as well and would like to get rid of it, try out some of the suggestions below. (Instructions are for devices running Windows).


  • Browse to chrome://management/ in order to see if you can glean any information about what is being managed. If there’s no help there, go to the next step.
  • Go to chrome://policy/ to see any settings that may be affecting how Chrome operates. When I viewed this page, I didn’t recognize any of the items listed under the “Policy name” column; also, the “Policy value” column was blank.  You can do a search on any policy name you find to see if that gives you any insight into what program may be setting a policy. My searches didn’t yield any good info, so I went to the next step.
  • Check out any extensions you have enabled in your Chrome browser at this link: chrome://extensions/ I recognized all of the items, but disabling them and removing them didn’t get rid of the “managed by your organization message”.
  • I found another solution that involves making changes to your system registry. Making registry changes can be risky, so only proceed if you’re comfortable working with the registry. Make a backup before proceeding.
    • search or run “regedit” to open the registry editor
    • Go to the Chrome folder under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE — SOFTWARE — Policies — Google (Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Chrome)
    • Delete the offending keys there.

The registry edit solved the issue for me. As noted above, I didn’t find any conclusive evidence as to why I was getting the message; it may have been a completely harmless policy. Also, editing the registry is risky. Apply this solution at your own risk.


Articles for further reading:

  • https://www.howtogeek.com/410106/why-does-chrome-say-its-managed-by-your-organization/
  • https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/software/chrome-saying-its-managed-by-your-organization-may-indicate-malware/
  • https://www.askvg.com/fix-your-browser-is-managed-by-your-organization-in-google-chrome/
  • https://www.androidintel.net/ – You can sign up for a free email newsletter from Android Intelligence, but with a very inexpensive subscription, you get access to a member podcast and a resource website where you can ask questions about a variety of issues involving Google products and services.