Vista Registry - NoControlPanel (Disable the Control Panel)
Vista Registry - NoControlPanel
NoControlPanel - what more can I say? As usual, the name of the registry value is so expressive that it needs little amplification. If you make this registry tweak you will disable the Control Panel, as a result users won't be tempted to try and make changes.
Topics for Disabling the Control Panel
Just make sure that the Control Panel is available, and has not already been disabled by a Group Policy. Click on the Start Orb and then select Control Panel.
Our mission is to find a specific class id (CLSID) and add a DWORD value called NoControlPanel.
1) Launch Regedit
2) Navigate to this key:
3) Create a new VALUE. Note choose: 'DWORD (32-Bit) Value' Name the new value: NoControlPanel
4) Edit the 'Value data'. What I do is double click NoControlPanel, then click in the 'Value data:' set to 1. If it displays as 0x00000001 (1) this is a good sign it will disable your Control Panel.
5) To check the fruits of your labours, close the registry editor and Logoff. Next Logon and click the Start Orb, try and select Control Panel. You should receive a 'Restrictions' message similar to the one shown below. I confess that I faked the 'Guy Thomas' in the screen shot, however, I would love to be able to tweak such messages so that the users knew who was in charge.
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** HKLM is an abbreviation of HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, and HKCU is shorthand for HKEY_CURRENT_USER. These acronyms are so well-known that you can even use them in .reg files, Vista will understand and obey the registry instruction.
If you liked this registry tweak, here are more restrictions that you can add to the folder: HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer:
Creating a .Reg File
This page explains how to create, and then edit .reg files for your computer. As it's easy to import the contents of a .reg file into the registry, do take extra care with procedures. Example NoControlPanel .reg file.
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