Tips & Tricks
Before you disable any Control Panel items, we advise creating a shortcut for easy access. Open the Control Panel, highlight all the applets and drag them to your desktop to create shortcuts. If you’re using Windows XP Home Edition, you’ll need to edit the Registry to disable access to certain Control Panel applets. Click ‘Start > Run’, type ‘Regedit’, then click ‘OK’.
Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer. Click ‘Edit > New > DWord Value’ and name it ‘DisallowCpl’. Give it a value of 1.
To disable applets in the control panel go to ‘Edit > New > Key’ and name it ‘DisallowCpl’. Click ‘Edit > New > String’ and name it ‘1’. Double-click to set the value to the name of the applet to disable using the list in the box above.
Beneath the Control Panel tree entry you’ll see four more folders that you can use in order to customise which Control Panel tabs are made available.