Prohibit access to the Control Panel

Disables all Control Panel programs.

This setting prevents Control.exe, the program file for Control Panel, from starting. As a result, users cannot start Control Panel or run any Control Panel items.

This setting also removes Control Panel from the Start menu. This setting also removes the Control Panel folder from Windows Explorer.

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.


Supported on: At least Windows 2000
Registry HiveHKEY_CURRENT_USER
Registry PathSoftware\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
Value NameNoControlPanel
Value TypeREG_DWORD
Enabled Value1
Disabled Value0

controlpanel.admx

Administrative Templates (Computers)

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