You may want to restrict access to the control panel and only allow administrative access. This is a very good idea if your children use an account or if you set up a computer in an office for an employee. Learn how to disable the control panel in this guide.
Please Note: This guide involves the use of the Group Policy Editor, which is not included with Vista Home Premium/Basic or Windows XP Home. If this is the first time you are using the Group Policy Editor, read this guide.
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Disabling the Control Panel
- Start Group Policy Editor (Start > Run > “gpedit.msc”)
- In the left panel, go to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel
- In the right panel, enable Prohibit access to the control panel