Disable/Hide the Control Panel

by Eric Geier [Published on 3 Nov. 2010 / Last Updated on 29 Sept. 2009]

How to remove the Control Panel shorcut from the Start Menu.

If you don’t want users to access the Control Panel and want to completely remove the shortcut on the Start Menu, create the following registry entry:


Key: Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

Name: NoControlPanel

Type: dword


Eric Geier is an author of many wireless networking and computing books including Home Networking All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies (Wiley 2008) and 100 Things You Need to Know about Upgrading to Windows Vista (Que 2007).

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The Author — Eric Geier

Eric Geier (Dayton, Ohio) is a Freelance  Tech Writer and Author specializing in computer networking. He's also the Founder and Owner of NoWiresSecurity, which provides a hosted cloud-based RADIUS service to help businesses easily secure their Wi-Fi networks with the Enterprise (802.1X) mode of WPA/WPA2 security. He’s also the Founder and Owner of On Spot Techs, which provides on-site computer and technology services.

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