Tweaks Windows 10

How to Block Access to Control Panel and PC Settings in Windows 10

Method 2: Registry Edit

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HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Group Policy Objects\{124BD664-E3BD-420F-9B86-906E5A6D9329}User\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\NoControlPanel

1. On your keyboard press the Windows flag and the R key at the same time (Windows +R) or open Start.

2. Now type Regedit.exe (1) and click on OK (2)

Run: Regedit
Run: Regedit



4. Then Unfold SOFTWARE

5. Then Unfold Microsoft

6. Then Unfold Windows

7. Then Unfold CurrentVersion

8. Then Unfold Policies

9. Then Unfold Explorer

10. Now double-click on NoControlPanel and change the value of NoControlPanel to 1

If the key does not exists then right-click an empty spot and choose New then choose DWORD.


11. Click on OK and close Regedit. A reboot might be necessary for the changes to take effect upon your system.


If you wish to disable this tweak at a later moment just repeat the steps above and change the value back to the original value, which was 0. If you have any questions about this tweak, please feel free to ask them on our forums


  • Jeff Magnuson March 1, 2016

    I have several Windows 10 Home laptops used by students and wish to restrict access to Control Panel and settings. I tried this method but found no Explorer and NoControlPanel keys under Policies. I created the but not sure if I did this correctly as access to Settings still exists. Help?

    • Yuri Pustjens March 2, 2016

      You should create the key:NoControlPanel in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

      Once you did that, reboot your computer and try to see if Control Panel still works, it should be locked for the current user. If not then feel free to ask me for more help 🙂

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