JSI Tip 3274. Can I hide selected Control Panel applets?


Windows 2000 provides two ways to hide selected Control Panel applets. You remove selected icons or include selected icons.

Who can implement the Hide specified control panel applets policy or the Show only specified control panel applets policy both at User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Control Panel.

If the policies are Not Configured, you can implement them via the registry.

The Hide specified control panel applets policy is configured at:

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

On the Edit menu, Add Value name DisallowCpl, as a REG_DWORD data type. Set the data value to 1.

On the Edit menu, Add Key name DisallowCpl. For each applet you wish to hide, add a REG_SZ value in the following format:

Sequence# REG_SZ Applet.cpl

The sequence number should start with 1 and list the applets you wish to hide, in alphabetical order. The applets are:

access.cpl
appwiz.cpl
desk.cpl
fax.cpl
hdwwiz.cpl
inetcpl.cpl
intl.cpl
irprops.cpl
joy.cpl
main.cpl
mmsys.cpl
ncpa.cpl
nwc.cpl
odbccp32.cpl
powercfg.cpl
sticpl.cpl
sysdm.cpl
telephon.cpl
timedate.cpl
The Show only specified control panel applets policy uses the RestrictCpl value name and sub-key exactly the same way, except items in the list are included.

These entries simply hide the icons, they don't prevent the user from running the applet with
RunDLL32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL c:\winnt\system32\<applet.cpl> or
Control c:\winnt\system32\<applet.cpl>.cpl,<display name>.

NOTE: The Hide... policy takes precedence over the Show... policy.


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