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Published on 05.14.09 by Brent Trahan

Prohibit Access to the Control Panel

Learn how to disable all Control Panel programs and hide the Control Panel.

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.

Disable the Control Panel

  1. Type gpedit.msc in the Start menu’s search box and then press Enter.

    Note: This guide shows you how to make changes to Windows 7 using Group Policy. Group Policy is not available in Home versions of Windows 7.

  2. Navigate to User Configuration, Administrative Templates, and then select Control Panel in the left column of the Group Policy editor.


  3. Double-click Prohibit access to the Control Panel in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click the OK to save the changes.


When you try to open the Control Panel you get this error.


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