Prohibit access to Control Panel and PC settings

Disables all Control Panel programs and the PC settings app.

This setting prevents Control.exe and SystemSettings.exe, the program files for Control Panel and PC settings, from starting. As a result, users cannot start Control Panel or PC settings, or run any of their items.

This setting removes Control Panel from:
The Start screen
File Explorer

This setting removes PC settings from:
The Start screen
Settings charm
Account picture
Search results

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.

Supported on: At least Windows 2000
Registry HiveHKEY_CURRENT_USER
Registry PathSoftware\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
Value NameNoControlPanel
Value TypeREG_DWORD
Enabled Value1
Disabled Value0

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