How to Turn On or Turn Off Settings app and Control Panel in Windows 10/11?

In Windows 10/11, Control Panel and Settings app allow or disallow specific functions to users available on your computer. Both the control panel and setting app control your PC/laptop.

An app is an essential tool in the windows control panel and setting. You can perform various tasks using the setting app, including adjusting screen resolutions, checking for updates, personalizing Windows themes, setting the lock screen, adding /removing devices, etc.

Due to some reason, if you want to Turn On or Turn Off the Settings app and Control Panel in Windows 10/11. You can do it by using group policy and by modifying register values.

When you disable the setting app and control panel on your PC, no one access it; if someone tries to open the control panel, it shows a message that the operation has been canceled due to restrictions on this computer. Users will be advised to contact the system administrator.

Restrictions

In this risewindows article, we will guide you on turning on or turning off the Settings app and Control Panel in Windows 10/11.

How to Disable Control Panel and Settings in Windows 10 using Group Policy?

To Disable Control Panel and Settings in Windows 10 using Group Policy, do the following steps:-

Step 1. Firstly, Open Local Group Policy Editor.

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Step 2. Then, In the Local Group Policy Editor window that opens, browse to the following path from the left side window:-

User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel

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Step 3. After that, On the right side pane of the Control Panel, look for the policy name Prohibit access to Control Panel and PC settings and then double-click on it to open its settings.

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Step 4. Then, Select the Enabled option.

Step 5. Next, Click the Apply button.

Step 6. Click the OK button.

Step 7. At last, Restart your computer or laptop.

Now, Control Panel and Settings app, both functions will be disabled on your PC. That means no user account on your computer can open it.

To remove the restrictions, repeat the above steps, and in step 3 above, select the Not Configured option.

How to Restrict Access to Control Panel and Settings app in Windows 11?

To Restrict Access to Control Panel and Settings app in Windows 11 by modifying the Registry values, you can also apply the policy. For this, do the following steps:-

Step 1. Firstly, Access Registry Editor.

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Step 2. Now, navigate or browse to the following key from the left side pane of the Registry Editor:-

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

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Step 3. Then, On the right side pane of the Explorer key, right-click on the blank space and select New and then DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name it NoControlPanel.

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Step 4. Now, double-click on NoControlPanel and change its Value data from 0 to 1. Then, click the OK button.

Step 5. Then again, navigate to the following registry key:-

Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explo

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Step 6. Now, On the right side pane of the Explorer key, right-click on the blank space and select New and then DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name it NoControlPanel.

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Step 7. Then, double-click on NoControlPanel and change its Value data from 0 to 1. Then, click the OK button.

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Step 8. At last, reboot your computer.

After the above steps, no one can open Control Panel and Settings app on your computer or laptop.

That’s it.

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