Saturday, 15 October 2022

Disabling screen rotation on Windows tablets with Intune

I had a recent requirement to disable screen rotation for Windows tablets. 

This is easy to do within Windows. There is a Display setting to turn on the Rotation lock. However, I had to automate this using Intune. There doesn't seem to be a Windows CSP for this so it's not possible to use a custom OMA-URI policy. 

However, this is something you can do by configuring the registryIf you navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AutoRotation you'll see that the Enable key is set to 1. This needs to be changed to 0 to disable screen rotation. This is easy to configure with a PowerShell script:

New-ItemProperty -Path Registry::HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AutoRotation -Name Enable -Value 0 -Force -PropertyType DWord

Once you have the script, upload it to Intune. Select Devices > Scripts > Add (Windows 10 and later). Choose the script location and configure the following:

  • Run this script using the logged on credentials - NO
  • Enforce script signature check - NO
  • Run script in 64 bit PowerShell Host - YES

Assign the script to a group of Windows tablets and screen rotation will be disabled.

I hope this helps. Until next time......

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