How to Disable Control Panel and Settings in Windows 11

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This post shows students and new users how to disable access to the Control Panel and Systems Settings pane in Windows 11.

Windows 11 comes with a central System Setting pane that allows users to perform basic tasks like adjusting screen resolutions, personalizing Windows themes and lock screen, adding and removing devices, adjusting date and time, adding and removing users, and many more.

The new System Settings panel was introduced with Windows 10 and since being more integrated with Windows with the intension of replacing the old Control Panel.

Windows Control Panel on the other hand is still used to make additional advanced settings that are not available in the new System Settings. Both use together can change and control how Windows 11 functions and what changes are made and applied to change Windows behavior.

Because these settings are important to how Windows 11 functions, you may want to restrict access to them, making sure that no one can go and make changes that could render Windows inoperable.

When the System Settings is disabled, it quickly flashes and closes when someone attempts to open it. The Control Panel will display a message that the operation has been cancelled due to restrictions.

Students and new users who want to learn how to use Windows, the easiest place to start is Windows 11. Windows 11 is a major release of the Windows NT operating system developed by Microsoft. Windows 11 is the successor to Windows 10 and it’s expected to be released later this year.

To get started with disabling the System Settings and the Control Panel, follow the steps below:

How to restrict access to System Settings and Control Panel

Because the System Settings and Control Panel allows for system wide changes, you may want to disable access to them. You can do that using the steps below:

Go to the Start menu and search for Registry Editor and select the app to open as highlighted in the image below.

registry editor in windows 11

When the registry editor apps opens, navigate to the key path below:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies

You can also copy and paste the paths above into the Registry Editor navigation box and press Enter to go directly to the location.

Then create a new key called Explorer below the Policies key if not already exist. To create the new Explorer key, right-click Policies and select New ==> New == Key.

windows 11 disable control panel and settings

Type in Explorer. Next, right-click the newly created Explorer key and New ==> DWORD (32-bit) Value to create a new DWORD data.

windows 11 disable system settings and control panel registry

Next, name the DWORD (32-bit) Value data NoControlPanel.

After creating the new DWORD Value data, double-click to open it, then change the data value to 1 as shown below.

windows 11 registry editor disable system settings

Click OK and apply your changes and exit.

Do this for both registry key paths above.

How to Disable Control Panel and Settings from Group Policy Editor

Another way to disable Windows Control Panel is via GPO. Use Windows search and search for Edit group policy.

windows 11 edit group policy

Then Navigate to User Configuration ==> Administrative Templates ==> Control Panel.

windows 11 disable control panel gpo

Double click and open Prohibit access to Control Panel and PC settings, then choose to enable it.

windows 11 disable control panel in gpo

That should do it! When finished, close the policy editor and you’re done

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to disable access to the Control Panel and System Settings. If you find any error above, please use the comment form below to report.

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