How to Hide the Control Panel From Unauthorized Access?

Satheesh C B | Monday, September 07, 2009 | 0 comments

In your office/company ,you  may use many computers.If you do not implement some form of user change control, you may end up spending a lot of time fixing problems that could have been avoided.The Control Panel is the main interface for making configuration changes.With this in mind, you should consider disabling access to the Control Panel all together so users are unable to make changes after you have configured computers.

 

For that open the Registry Editor by typing ‘regedit’  after clicking “Start|Run” and “OK”.In Vista ,type “regedit”directly in the search field in the start menu.Navigate to the key

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced”

Search for the value “Start_ShowControlPanel” in the right hand side.if it does not exists ,you can create it “Edit|New|DWORD-value”.In Windows Vista use “Edit|New|DWORD-value(32-Bit)”.Then double click on “Start_ShowControlPanel” .On the ensuing dialog “Edit|New|DWORD-value” or  “Edit|New|DWORD-value(32-Bit)” , enter ”0” as the “value” .Confirm the change with “OK”.After restarting the computer ,the Control Panel entry is gone from the Start menu.If you want to access it later ,change the value of “Start_ShowControlPanel”  to “1” or simply remove the complete string again from the registry.

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