Prohibit access to Control Panel (All Users).

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This setting disables the display of Control Panel inside the Start menu and Windows Explorer as well as turns off its functionality.
Level: Recommended For Novice Users
Control panel is a repository of various applets/administrative tools that can be used to configure the windows, applications, and services environment. If you go to start > settings menu and select control panel, windows will open the control panel window. This setting can hide the control panel item in the start menu and windows explorer as well as turns off executing control panel from run menu. For this, go to start > run, enter regedit and navigate to the registry path listed below. You can create a dword value nocontrolpanel, if this value does not exist. Now, right-click and modify the value to 1 which can turn off control panels functioning. However, if you want to make control panel function, change the value data to 0 or delete the value. The changes take effect after a restart or logoff. When editing the registry it is highly recommended to run a quick scan for optimization, you can test your system now for free.


First, click the 'Start' button, and select 'Run'. In the resulting dialog box, type "regedit".
Go to <b> [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion \Policies\Explorer\]</b> , right-click in the open area to create a DWORD Value with the name "NoControlPanel" in "Explorer" key.
Next, right-click on "NoControlPanel" and click on 'Modify'.
Finally, enter the value "1" in the text box and click on 'OK'.

Registry Entries

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  • Path: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\]
  • Location: Local Machine
  • Value Name: NoControlPanel
  • Data Type: DWORD (DWORD Value)
  • Enabled Value: 1
  • Disabled Value: 0
  • Action Type: Add an Entry

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