Disable/Enable Access To Windows 7 Control Panel


This tweak will prohibit all users from accessing the Control Panel. I know it seems a bit odd but sometimes this does come in handy, lets say you have several computers over the network and you know that these computers will never be used for Administration Purpose and the basic settings will pretty much stay static for these computers. Then in such a scenario it would be a wise decision to apply this tweak to make sure that users aren’t able to change any settings.

First, launch the Local Group Policy Editor, click Start, type gpedit.msc and hit Enter.

Local Group Policy

Now navigate to the User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel option from the left sidebar. You will be able to locate the Prohibit access to the Control Panel option in the main window.

Prohibit Access To Local Group Policy

Double click it and set its value to Enabled.

Enable Control Panel

That’s it, the access to the control panel will be denied. These steps are applicable in Windows Vista as well. If you want to enable the control panel back, just set the value to Not Configured or Disabled. 😉

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  • rahul1983

    good trick, i like it.

  • Friend

    Will it be working in Windows 7 Home Premium version



  • Colar Bone

    Thank you so much been trying to change stuff on school computers windows7 professional

  • saqib

    i have disable control panel by this method, but now i want to access it, how to enable control panel in windows 7.

  • hanis

    Good work keep going!!

  • loga

    Thanks lot,
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  • Dee Jay

    NOt Working in Windows 7 Stater., anyways how to going to the group policy editor? i want to disable my control panel can you help me pls.,

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