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Prohibit Access to Control Panel and PC Settings in Windows 8/8.1

As you know, a lot of settings can be modified in the Control Panel, such as changing user password, changing BitLocker password, changing date and time, etc. Moreover, the user password, account picture and other settings can be changed in PC settings. In this case, if you want to prevent other people who are allowed to use your PC from accessing the Control Panel and PC settings, you can find an effective solution in the following part of this article.

Video guide on how to prohibit access to Control Panel and PC settings in Windows 8:

Steps to prohibit access to Control Panel and PC settings in Windows 8/8.1:

Step 1: Open Local Group Policy Editor.

Step 2: Find and open the Control Panel folder in User Configuration.

In more detail, you can find it according to User Configuration/Administrative Templates/Control Panel, and open it by a click.

Step 3: Locate and double-click Prohibit access to Control Panel and PC settings to enter its settings.

Step 4: In the window of Prohibit access to Control Panel and PC settings, choose Enabled and tap OK to enable the setting.

Now, the Control Panel is removed from the File Explorer and the Start screen (if it is added to the Start screen), and the PC settings is removed from the Settings charm (as shown in the screen shot below), Start screen, Account picture and Search results.

In addition, if you and any other user try to get into Control Panel through Run command or Search, the following Restrictions prompt box will pop up.

Tips: Suppose you want to cancel prohibiting access to Control Panel and PC settings, you can select Not Configured (or Disabled) and click OK in the window of Prohibit access to Control Panel and PC settings.

In short, you can efficiently and successfully prohibit access to Control Panel and PC settings with the four steps above.

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