If you’re sharing your computer with multiple people like the members of your family, it becomes very important to save the computer from undesired results. A non-technical user can destroy the computer without knowing what he or she has done.
Restricting access to the Control Panel is one thing you can do to prevent undesired damage to your computer. Here is how you can enable or disable the control panel in Windows 7":
- Search for gpedit.msc in Start Menu Search. This will open the Group Policy Editor.
- Now go to the following:
User Configuration –> Administrative Templates –> Control Panel
- In the right hand pane, open the following option:
Prohibit access to the Control Panel
- Enable the option and all the users on the computer will not be able to access the Control Panel from now on.
To enable the Control Panel again, just disable the option you have enabled and you’ll be able to access the Control Panel again. If you are a network administrator and using Windows Server in your network, you can easily apply the same policy throughout the network. Just apply the policy to the users and not the domain administrators.