How To Restrict Access To Control Panel and PC Settings In Windows

If your Computer is being shared by other members of your Family or Friends and You need a feel to Restrict  Access To Control Panel for other users to prevent them messing up with your PC settings,then you are at the right place.You can Enable/Disable  access to Control Panel with a simple tweak.This will ensure that the other users will not be able to have access to Control Panel and you can be assured of that no other user can make changes without your knowing about it.

This article includes two methods i.e. Using Group Policy Editor and by Using Registry Key.Not to mention that you should be logged in as an Administrator on your Computer to do use any of the following method.

Method 1: (Using Group Policy Editor)

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Go through the following steps to restrict access to Control Panel :-

  • Open RUN (or Press WINKEY+R)
  • Type gpedit.msc in the RUN command box.

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  • Now the Group Policy Editor box will open up.

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  • Navigate to the following  address

User Configuration > Administrative Templates and Control Panel

  • Right click on “Prohibit access to Control Panel” and select ‘edit’.

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  • Click on “Enabled,” and then hit apply to make these changes come into effect.

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Now all the users are restricted to access to control panel and if any user tries to open control panel he will be displayed an error message like below.

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If you add another User after doing this then you have to do it manually again for that user to prevent him accessing control panel.

At any time you need to enable the control panel again just follow the above steps and select ‘Disabled’ .

NOTE:-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.

Method 2:(Using Registry Editor)

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If your version of Windows does not have Group Policy you can use this method i.e. Using Registry Editor as this method works for all version of Windows

  • Open RUN and type regedit in it.

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  • Navigate to the following address

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Policies\Explorer

  • Move to the right pane of it and right click on it

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  • Create a new DWORD (32-bit) Value and name it ‘ NoControlPanel

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  • Now right click on the new created Value and select Modify.
  • Check the value data field and make sure that it is set to ‘1’.

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  • Click ok and restart your PC

After restarting you will notice that Control Panel is not available in Start Menu and the access to Control Panel has been Restricted.

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To reverse the effect just change the value from 1 to 0 and again you will have access to Control Panel.

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