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Published on 06.19.09 by Brent Trahan

Remove the Hardware Tab from all Control Panel Items

Learn how to remove the Hardware tab from all Control Panel items in Windows 7.

This setting removes the Hardware tab from Mouse, Keyboard, and Sounds and Audio Devices in Control Panel. It also removes the Hardware tab from the Properties dialog box for all local drives, including hard drives, floppy disk drives, and CD-ROM drives. As a result, users cannot use the Hardware tab to view or change the device list or device properties, or use the Troubleshoot button to resolve problems with the device.

Remove Hardware Tab from all Control Panel Items

  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, Windows Components, and then select Windows Explorer in the left column of the Group Policy editor.

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  3. Double-click Remove the Hardware tab in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.

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