Hide, Show, Add, Remove Specified Control Panel Applets in Windows 10/8/7

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  1. ashinam rock

    Unable to find gpedit.msc in window 8

  2. In Windows 8, the Group Policy is included only with Windows 8 Pro and Enterprise Editions. While Windows 7 Ultimate, Professional and Enterprise editions have it, Windows 7 Home
    Premium, Home Basic and Starter Editions do not include the Group Policy

  3. rainell

    how to hide network and sharing center to control panel using batch file?

  4. Hard Little Machine

    Group policy editor does not exist in Win7 home.

  5. Sarah

    I hid both User Accounts and Family Safety using this registry hack: http://forum.thewindowsclub.com/windows-tips-tutorials-articles/31614-hide-show-control-panel-applets-using-registry-editor.html

    However, if I type in User Accounts, the option for “Add, delete and manage other user accounts” comes up and I’m able to create another user account. I want to block creating another user account. I can also get into it via Settings > Change PC settings > Accounts > Other Accounts.

    Is there some way to block “Other Accounts” or “Add an account” specifically? I know there is AAA_SettingsPageAccountsUsers and I tried creating a registry string with that data, but it doesn’t hide it. I don’t want to have to hide the whole Immersive Control Panel.

  6. Alan Hultgren

    under the applet names; its lusrmgr.msc no nusrmgr.msc

  7. Sorry about the typo. It is lusrmgr.cpl. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. DjDiabolik

    No work… i have remove JavaCPL.cpl from windows/system32 but i continue to have a NULL ICON on Control Panel……….. this useless.

  9. Sergejevicz

    Also important: Start > run > regedit, HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Control Panel/don’t load and HKEY_USERS/Control Panel/don’t load. Those paths can contain just control panels suppressed for view. I have deleted all of them and since that I have full access to them by Start > Settings > Control panels despite it was not possible till now due to setting of system. Tested in Win XP.

  10. Joshua Lewis

    Managed to Disable Windows Defender this way but it didn’t remove it from the Control Panel. [I use BitDefender and MalwarBytes since Windows Defender blocks most of my customising on Windows 10]. Anyone know how to remove the Windows Defender applet from Control Panel?

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