Hide the Scanners and Cameras system icon in Control Panel (For Windows 98/Me).

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You can customize the display of the Control Panel applets. With this setting, you can hide the Scanners and Cameras system icon from the current applets group.
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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 scanners and cameras applet from the current applets list displayed in control panel. The system icon scanners and cameras can configure scanners, digital cameras, digital video cameras and other image-capturing devices to your computer, which enables you to easily retrieve images of all supported devices. For this, go to start > run, enter regedit and navigate to the registry path listed below. Now, double-click on the string value systemroot to copy the contents of the value data field from the dialog. In the second step, open windows explorer and paste the windows folder path in the address bar. Search for the file control.ini, which is imbibed with control panel settings and double-click to open it in notepad. Here, look for the [dont load] (without quotes) section and add sticpl.cpl=no (without quotes) in a new line under the section heading. If the [dont load] section does not exist, create it at the end of the file and type the below given code information. The code should appear as below in the control.ini file: <table><tr><td> code</td></tr><tr><td><table><tr><td> [dont load] sticpl.cpl=no </td></tr></table></td></tr></table> and save the file. Refresh view of your computer for the changes to take effect. Note: in the control panel window, the scanners and cameras system icon is shown by default. If you'd like to show this icon again, you can delete sticpl.cpl=no from the control.ini file. 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"
Next, go to <b>[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\]</b> and right-click to select 'Modify' option that calls the SystemRoot dialog box.
Then, copy the Windows directory path stored in the Value data field. For example, C:\Windows.
Finally, open Windows Explorer and paste the copied path in the address bar. The folder will look like below image. Look for the Control.ini file in the Windows directory and double-click to open it and make changes in the file.

Registry Entries

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  • Path: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\]
  • Location: Local Machine
  • Value Name: SystemRoot
  • Data Type: REG_SZ (String Value)
  • Action Type: Copy

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