Access to the Control Panel and PC settings under Windows 10/8.1

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You can prevent users from accessing the Control Panel in Windows. This article shows how to restrict access to Windows 10/8 Control Panel and Settings or Windows 7 Control Panel using Group Policy Settings and Registry Editor.

Restrict access to the control panel

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Using the Group Policy Editor

If your version of Windows 8 has the Group Policy Editor, run gpedit.msc to. Navigate to the next setting:

User Control > Control Templates and Control Panel

In the right pane of the Control Panel, double-click Restrict access to the Control Panel and PC settings.

This setting disables all Control Panel programs and the PC application. It prevents starting Control.exe and SystemSettings.exe files, program files for Control Panel and PC settings. Therefore, users cannot start the Control Panel, PC settings or run any of its components. It deletes the Control Panel from the Home screen and File Explorer and deletes the PC settings from the Home screen, Charm settings, Account image and Search results. When users attempt to select a Control Panel item from the Properties context menu, a message appears explaining that a setting prevents action.

(1)Using Registry Editor

If your Windows version does not have a group policy, you can disable access to the Control Panel and PC settings using Registry Editor. Start and navigate to the next registry key :


Create a new DWORD (32 bits) in the left pane. Name it NoControlPanel and give it the value 1. The possible values and their mode of operation are indicated below:

  • (0) activates the Control Panel and PC settings
  • 1 deactivates the Control Panel and PC settings

After you have denied access to the Control Panel and PC settings, if a user attempts to access them, you will receive the following error message :

This transaction was discontinued due to restrictions on this computer. Please contact your system administrator

I hope you can make it work. If you are an IT administrator who wants to restrict access to the Windows 10 Settings page, this message shows you how to configure the visibility of Windows 10 settings so that all settings are hidden or selected.

Visit this link if you want to hide, show, add or remove certain applets from the control panel in the Windows operating system.

See this message if your Control Panel does not open.

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