Of the innumerable applications and system modules that Windows operating systems are made of, the Control Panel is probably one of the most important. That’s because it’s one location where all of the crucial system settings, including everything from display to user accounts, can be configured. This also means that if some of the settings in Control Panel are changed incorrectly, they can lead to major problems like hardware issues, data loss and even system crashes. So it’s important that the Control Panel is only accessible to authorized users.
Not a problem, as Windows includes built-in functionality that makes it possible to disable access to Control Panel completely. Sounds like something you can use to make your PC more fault-tolerant? Read on to find out more.
Note: This ‘how to’ requires access to the Group Policy Editor system module, which is available only in certain versions of Windows. So make sure that the Windows OS you use supports the same, before proceeding.
How to disable Control Panel in Windows?
Step 1: Go to Run prompt, enter ‘gpedit.msc’ (without quotes) and click OK. Note that this might require administrator level elevation.
Step 2: The Local Group Policy Editor will now be opened up, having a dual-pane interface. In the left pane, navigate to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel.
Step 3: Now in the right pane, double click on the ‘Prohibit access to Control Panel and PC settings’ option. Once the configuration box opens up, use the radio buttons on the top left corner of the box to change the setting’s value from ‘Not Configured’ to ‘Enabled’. When done, click OK and close the Local Group Policy Editor.Very Good Post.. It”s working on my pc
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You’ve successfully disabled Control Panel in Windows. Going forward, whenever someone tries to access Control Panel, they’ll be greeted with an error message saying that the operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on the computer.
It’s also worth noting that the above method also removes the system links of Control Panel from locations such as Windows Explorer. To enable access to Control Panel again, follow the same steps as above and in Step 3 change the setting back to ‘Not Configured’.