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How to Enable or Disable Control Panel and Settings in Windows 10

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In Windows 10, there are a few different ways to find and change your settings: Settings app, Control Panel, app settings, and search. Most of the settings that you'll want to change can be found in the Settings app.

In Settings, you can change most Windows settings, such as changing your screen resolution, adding and removing devices, personalizing the lock screen, changing the date and time, and adding user accounts.

The Control Panel includes some additional settings that you might use less often, such as customizing the desktop.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable access to the Control Panel and Settings for specific or all users in Windows 10.

You must be signed in as and administrator to be able to enable or disable the Control Panel and Settings.

Note   Note
If users try to open Settings or any Settings page while disabled, Settings will just quickly flash and close.

If users try to open the Control Panel or a Control Panel item while disabled, the message below will appear explaining that a setting prevents the action.
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CONTENTS:
  • Option One: To Enable or Disable Control Panel and Settings using a REG file
  • Option Two: To Enable or Disable Control Panel and Settings in Group Policy


EXAMPLE: Control Panel and Settings
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Control Panel and Settings - Enable or Disable in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Control Panel and Settings - Enable or Disable in Windows 10
To Enable or Disable Control Panel and Settings using a REG file

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The .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD value in the registry keys below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

NoControlPanel DWORD

(delete) = Enable
1 = Disable


1. Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


 2. To Enable Control Panel and Settings for All Users

NOTE: This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Enable_Control_Panel_and_Settings.reg

download


 3. To Disable Control Panel and Settings for All Users

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Disable_Control_Panel_and_Settings.reg

download

4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7. Sign out and sign in or restart the PC to apply.

8. You could now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.






Control Panel and Settings - Enable or Disable in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Control Panel and Settings - Enable or Disable in Windows 10
To Enable or Disable Control Panel and Settings in Group Policy

Note   Note
The Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

All editions can use Option One above.


1. Open the all users, specific users or groups, or all users except administrators Local Group Policy Editor for how you want this policy applied.

2. In the left pane of the Local Group Policy Editor, click/tap on to expand User Configuration, Administrative Templates, and Control Panel. (See screenshot below)

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3. In the right pane of Control Panel, double click/tap on Prohibit access to Control Panel and PC settings to edit it. (see screenshot above)

4. Do step 5 (enable) or step 6 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


 5. To Enable Control Panel and Settings

A) Select (dot) either Not Configured or Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

NOTE: Not Configured is the default setting.


 6. To Disable Control Panel and Settings

A) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

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7. When finished, you can close Local Group Policy Editor if you like.


That's it,
Shawn