Do you want to protect your PC settings from unauthorized access? You can restrict access to settings on Windows 11 easily. Here’s how.
If you are an administrator of a Windows 11 PC, you may want to block users from the Settings app. There are a lot of changes (and frustration) that a user with this level of access can achieve.
For example, someone might tamper with your network settings, personalization, privacy, language settings, etc. To avoid this, you will need to configure your computer to prevent access to the settings for some users. You can do this by modifying the registry or by configuring Group Policy settings, depending on your version of Windows.
To block users from the Settings app on Windows 11, here’s what you’ll need to do.
How to prevent access to settings on Windows 11
If you are using Windows 11 Home, your best option to prevent access to settings on Windows 11 is to use the registry. You can set up a registry key that limits user access to settings through their user account.
Noticeable: Editing the registry can be risky and cause instability or a computer not working if you enter an incorrect value. Before making any changes, back up the registry, create a restore point, or make a full backup of your system first.
Use the following steps to block users from Settings On Windows 11:
- Opens He runs by pressing Windows key + R.
- at He runs, He writes regedit and click yes.
- Once Registry Editor It opens, go to the following path:
- Right click on a file explorer key and select New Value > DWORD (32-bit).
- Now, name the new key as NoControlPanel and press Enters.
- Double-click a file NoControlPanel DWORD key you just created and set Values data for 1, and click yes.
- Exit Registry Editor and restart Windows 11.
- After following the steps correctly, when the user tries to enter the Settings app (or the older Control Panel), a message appears saying that they are restricted.
- If for any reason you want to change it again, go back to the Registry Editor and change the file NocontrolPanel DWORD from 1 to 0.
If you are using Windows 11 Pro, Enterprise, or Education, you can also use this method or use the Group Policy method below.
How to disable access to Windows 11 settings via Group Policy
If you’re running Windows 11 Pro, Enterprise, or Education, you can use Group Policy to block users from Settings and Control Panel.
To prevent users from accessing Control Panel or Settings:
- Use keyboard shortcut Windows key + R. to start the dialog box.
- He writes gpedit.msc and click yes.
- when Local Group Policy It opens, go to the following path:
User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel
- Now, double click on File Access to control panel and computer settings is prohibited Politics on the right.
- When the next window appears, select Maybe.
- click Progressing And yes To save your selection.
- If the user tries to access Settings, nothing will happen, the Settings app will not open – there will be no alert notification. However, settings may get into a loop of trying to get started. In this case, restart your computer, which will fix the duplication issue.
- If the user tries to open control Boardthey will receive a message that it is unavailable due to restrictions.
If you need to change the settings again, open Group Policy and set the Prevent access to Control Panel and PC settings policy to not configured. Restart the computer, and the user will be able to access Settings and Control Panel again.
Configure Windows 11 settings
If you follow the above steps correctly, you should prevent users from accessing the Settings app on Windows 11. Of course, don’t forget the most obvious way to restrict user access—create a local user account without administrator access.
Settings aren’t the only thing you can block on Windows 11. For example, you’re making users only install apps from the Microsoft Store. You can also create a guest account instead.