There may be times when you may want to prevent users from accessing the Control Panel in Windows 11/10/8/7. This post shows how you can restrict access to Control Panel and Settings or Control Panel in Windows 11/10, using Group Policy setting and Registry Editor.
There are a lot of customization options available on Windows 11 with the Settings app and the Control Panel. With Windows 10, Microsoft introduced the Settings app that can do almost everything that we do with the Control Panel. But still, both Settings and Control Panel are available on Windows 11/10. There might be some special reasons like setting up the PC for your children or some other where you want to disable the Settings and Control Panel on Windows 11/10. This makes things hard to change or alter the settings or customize them. We have some solutions to help you in disabling the Settings and Control Panel in Windows 11/10.
Restrict access to Control Panel & Settings
To disable, prohibit, prevent, or restrict users from accessing the Control Panel & Settings in Windows 11/10 using Group Policy and Regedit, follow these steps:
1] Using Group Policy Editor
If your version of Windows 8 has the Group Policy Editor, Run gpedit.msc to open it. Navigate to the following setting:
User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel
In the right pane of Control Panel, double click/tap on Prohibit access to Control Panel and PC settings.
This setting disables all Control Panel programs and the PC settings app. It prevents Control.exe and SystemSettings.exe, the program files for Control Panel and PC settings, from starting. As a result, users cannot start Control Panel or PC settings, or run any of their items. It removes Control Panel from the Start screen and File Explorer, and removes PC Settings from the Start screen, Settings charm, Account picture and Search results. If users try to select a Control Panel item from the Properties item on a context menu, a message appears explaining that a setting prevents the action.
2] Using Registry Editor
If your version of Windows does not have Group Policy, you can use the Registry Editor to disable access to Control Panel and Settings. To do so, Run regedit and navigate to the following registry key:
In the left pane, create a new DWORD (32-bit). Name it NoControlPanel and give it value 1. The following are the possible values and how they work:
- 0 will enable Control Panel and Settings
- 1 will disable Control Panel and Settings
After you prohibit access to Control Panel and Settings, if any user tries to access them, they will receive the following error box:
This operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer. Please contact your system administrator.
I hope you are able to get it to work. If you are an IT admin wanting to restrict access to Windows 11/10 Settings page then this post will show you how to configure Windows Settings visibility to hide all or select settings.
How do I turn off Windows Control Panel?
You can turn off Windows Control Panel in two ways. It can be done using Registry Editor or from the Local Group Policy Editor. You just have to find a suitable method and make the necessary changes as shown above.
How do I enable settings disabled by the administrator?
It can be done in the same ways as we disabled them using the Registry Editor and Group Policy Editor. You have to change the DWORD (32-bit) Value to 0 in the Registry Editor or check the box beside Disabled or Not Configured in the Prohibit access to Control Panel and System Settings in the Group Policy Editor.
Visit this link, if you want to Hide, Show, Add, Remove Specified Control Panel Applets in the Windows operating system. See this post if your Control Panel will not open.