Hide Items from the Control Panel in Windows
Hide Items from the Control Panel in Windows

Learn how to hide items from the control panel in Windows with the help of registry settings of your Windows OS to have some privacy and avoid other users to change some of the system settings on your PC.

The control panel of the Windows is full of numerous setting options which all the users could surf through for various settings of the computer but for instance, the users most probably don’t use these all settings options while only a few of these are required. Out of these many settings the users have to find out the ones of their use every time they wish to perform some activity and this becomes somewhat difficult. To solve this, there is one thing that the users could apply that is hidden the items from the control panel which all are unnecessary. Yes, this is possible and it could be done through some method which gives you the control to remove or hide the items or the settings from the control panel. Here in this article, we have written the method with which you could hide the items or the options from the control panel and give it your custom look with functions. To know about the method, just head on to the main part of the article which is given below, read about it after that.

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How to Hide Items from the Control Panel in Windows

The method requires to hack the Windows registry, so please be careful about the method as any mistake could cause you the serious loss of your Windows and could cause it to render improperly.

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Steps to Hide Items from the Control Panel in Windows:

1. Log on to the user account for which you wish to make up the changes, for multiple users; you have to repeat up the whole procedure to apply up to the effect to all of them.

2. After login to the account opens up the Registry Editor, this could be done through start button search bar by typing in the regedit. Press enter after that to access the Registry Editor and then give it the permission to make changes to the PC.

3. In the Registry Editor just use up the left sidebar to navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies

Hide Items from the Control Panel in Windows

Hide Items from the Control Panel in Windows

Make sure that the subkey Explorer exists inside the Policies key if it is there then you could go to the next step unless you would have first to create up the one by right-clicking Policies Key and then choosing New and then Key. Name up the key as Explorer and that all.

4. Right click on the Explorer key and then choose New>DWORD(32-bit) value. For hiding the items on the control panel, name the new DWORD as DisallowCPL and if you wish to make the list of only items which should appear on the control panel then choose the RestrictionCPL name.

 Hide Items from the Control Panel in Windows

Hide Items from the Control Panel in Windows

5. Double-click on the new value you have now created and named and then from the Properties window that appears just change the value from 0 to 1 in the Value Data box. Click OK button to turn on the settings.

 Hide Items from the Control Panel in Windows

Hide Items from the Control Panel in Windows

Again Right click on the Explorer key and then choose New>key value. For hiding the items on the control panel, name the new key as DisallowCPL and if you wish to make the list of only items which should appear on the control panel then choose the RestrictionCPL name.

5. Right click on the DisallowCPL key and then choose New>String Value. Name the full value with the name of the control panel item you wish to remove. Double click on the new item to open up the properties box and type the full control panel item name for the same in the Value data box. That’s all the same item would be hidden from the control panel.

6. If you wish to remove some more items from the control panel they just follow the whole procedure for each of them and if you wish to revert up the changes then just change back the DisallowCPL or RestrictCPL value from 1 to 0 by the above steps. This is very a very easy method but make sure that you don’t commit any mistake as this could effect your control panel or even the system.

 Hide Items from the Control Panel in Windows

Hide Items from the Control Panel in Windows

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So this was the method through which you could hide the items from the Control Panel in Windows and get all those necessary or useful settings options remain there. As from the article, you have got up that the method isn’t too difficult or complex but any moderate user could apply it without any issues. It’s now your time to apply this method and give your Control panel all new look with the specified items on Windows. Hope you would like up the method, don’t forget to share your views!



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Karanpreet Singh is the Co-Founder of Techviral. He writes about how to, tutorials especially on Android, iPhone, Computer, Internet, Social Networks, etc. Apart from this, he is an Ec-Council CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker) and a Digital Marketing Expert. He loves to share his knowledge with others through blogging.