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    Enable or Disable Control Panel and Settings in Windows 10

    Enable or Disable Control Panel and Settings in Windows 10

    How to Enable or Disable Control Panel and Settings in Windows 10
    Published by Category: General Tips
    17 Apr 2020
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    How to Enable or Disable Control Panel and Settings in Windows 10


    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.

    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.
    Enable or Disable Control Panel and Settings in Windows 10-control_panel_restrictions_message.png



    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
    Enable or Disable Control Panel and Settings in Windows 10-control_panel_large_icons.jpg Enable or Disable Control Panel and Settings in Windows 10-settings.jpg





    OPTION ONE

    To Enable or Disable Control Panel and Settings using a REG file


    The downloadable .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

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

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

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






    OPTION TWO

    To Enable or Disable Control Panel and Settings in Group Policy


    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)

    Enable or Disable Control Panel and Settings in Windows 10-control_panel_and_settings_gpedit-1.png

    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)

    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)

    Enable or Disable Control Panel and Settings in Windows 10-control_panel_and_settings_gpedit-2.png

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


    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. OldGrantonian's Avatar
    Posts : 182
    Windows 10 Pro 1809
       #1

    I downloaded and applied the REG file. The patch worked fine in my own account, which has Admin privileges.

    I have another account for my grandchildren. The patch does not work in this account.

    If I click the Bluetooth icon in the sys tray, and click Show Bluetooth Devices, the Settings panel appears for one second, then disappears.

    Thanks.
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  2. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 48,805
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19635
    Thread Starter
       #2

    Hello @OldGrantonian,

    I just tested on my system to see if anything may have changed, but it's still working for me. Did you restart the computer after merging the .reg file to disable them?

    It's normal for Settings to show for a split second before automatically closing when it has been disabled.
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  3. OldGrantonian's Avatar
    Posts : 182
    Windows 10 Pro 1809
       #3

    Brink said:
    Did you restart the computer after merging the .reg file to disable them?
    I apologize. I should have clarified in my post that I want to ENABLE apps, not disable them. On my own desktop, I can see the file: Enable_Control_Panel.....REG

    Specifically, the following work OK in my account, but not in the Kids account:

    • System tray > Bluetooth icon > Show Bluetooth devices
    • Start > PC Settings


    (There might be other apps that don't work in the Kids account.)

    Thanks.
      My Computer

  4. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 48,805
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19635
    Thread Starter
       #4

    OldGrantonian said:
    I apologize. I should have clarified in my post that I want to ENABLE apps, not disable them. On my own desktop, I can see the file: Enable_Control_Panel.....REG

    Specifically, the following work OK in my account, but not in the Kids account:

    • System tray > Bluetooth icon > Show Bluetooth devices
    • Start > PC Settings


    (There might be other apps that don't work in the Kids account.)

    Thanks.
    Ah ok. That would be a separate issue that wouldn't be affected by this tutorial.

    In this case, a repair install should be able to fix them.

    Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade | Tutorials
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