A friend of mine, who runs his cyber cafe in Bangalore asked me this question yesterday. As his computers are used by other users, he wanted to block access to the control panel. In this post, i will explain how you can block access to Control Panel in Windows XP.
Follow the steps mentioned below to block access to Control Panel in Windows XP. This setting prevents Control.exe, the program file for Control Panel, from starting. As a result, users cannot start Control Panel or run any Control Panel items.
1.) Click on Start –> Run.
2.) Type in GPEDIT.msc and hit Enter.
3.) Group Policy window is displayed.
4.) Navigate to User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Control Panel
5.) Double click on Prohibit Access to the Control Panel and select Disabled from the options.
6.) Select Apply and then OK.
7.) Restart your PC for the effect to take place.
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