Disable Windows Control Panel
with Folder Guard for Windows 10, 8, 7, and XP
Restricting access to Control Panel
Folder Guard lets you restrict access to the commands of Windows Control Panel and prevent their use by the unauthorized users of your computer. You can restrict all commands of Control Panel, or only some of them. You can also set up different restrictions for different users: for example, you can configure Folder Guard to allow full access to the Control Panel commands for yourself, but restrict such access for other users.
The way to restrict access to the commands of Control Panel with Folder Guard is by assigning the no access attribute to the appropriate CPL files, located in the System32 folder of Windows. Since the Control Panel commands use the CPL files, when you restrict access to a CPL file, you restrict access to the appropriate command, as well.
Note that some Control Panel commands in the newer versions of Windows such as Windows 10 do not use the CPL files. Such commands cannot’s be restricted using the method described below.
The following table lists some common CPL files and the Control Panel commands they are responsible for.
CPL files and the Control Panel commands
|MAIN.CPL||Fonts, Keyboard, Mouse, PC Cards, Printers|
|NUSRMGR.CPL||User manager on Windows XP|
|ODBCCP32.CPL||ODBC Data Source Administrator|
Your copy of Windows may have other CPL files, which add additional commands to Control Panel.