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

ACCESS.CPL Accessibility Options
APPWIZ.CPL Add/Remove Programs
DESK.CPL Display
FIREWALL.CPL Windows Firewall
HDWWIZ.CPL Add/Remove Hardware
INETCPL.CPL Internet settings
INTL.CPL Regional settings
JOY.CPL Game Controllers
MAIN.CPL Fonts, Keyboard, Mouse, PC Cards, Printers
NCPA.CLP Network connections
NETCPL.CPL Network settings
NUSRMGR.CPL User manager on Windows XP
ODBCCP32.CPL ODBC Data Source Administrator
POWERCFG.CPL Power Management
THEMES.CPL Desktop Themes

Your copy of Windows may have other CPL files, which add additional commands to Control Panel.