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How to Disable/Enable Windows Control Panel

Windows Control Panel lets users to make several important changes to their computer. Therefore, some of you might want to restrict access of Control Panel and its applets to prevent others (who can access your computer) from modifying your favorite settings. Here is how you can do that in Windows 7.

It is very simple, just follow as described below:

Click Start and enter Run in the search box. Open Run command box and type gpedit.msc. Click Ok to open Local group Policy Editor.

In the Local group Policy Editor window, double click User Configuration – Administrative Template – Control Panel.


Here, double click ‘Prohibit access to the Control Panel’. In this window click Enabled option (see screenshot above) and click Ok to save the settings.

 Now onward you cannot access the Control Panel and any control panel items (see screenshot above).

Note: To access the Control Panel again, just click the option Disabled in the ‘Prohibit access to the Control Panel’ window and save settings.

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