If you don’t want to change any settings on your Windows 11, and maybe you want to lend your device to a relative or friend and are afraid that settings will be changed through the Settings application, why don’t we just disable it temporarily?
Now to disable / disable this itself is actually very easy, where apart from Settings, the Control panel will also not be accessible to users as long as the settings we are going to do are still valid and active. Immediately, if you are curious, here are the steps.
Step 1. First, please open it Group Edit Policy.
Step 2. Next, please navigate to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel
Step 3. Then, on the part Barrier access to Control Panel and PC Settings, please you double click and fruit from Not configured Becomes enabled.
Step 4. Click OK then Restart your Windows 11, and it’s done, now the Settings and Control Panel applications can no longer be accessed.
Same Steps With Registry Editor
Now specifically for you Windows 11 Home users, the steps above unfortunately don’t work, because in the Home version, the system doesn’t provide it Edit group policies so we have to use an alternative step which uses the Registry Editor.
Step 1. First open Registry Editor.
Step 2. Then navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesExplorer
On the registry key, please right click New > DWORD (32-bit) Valuethen create it by name NoControlPanel
Then change the Value data from 0 to 1.
Step 3. Click OK then Restart your Windows 11, and it’s done, now the Settings and Control Panel applications can no longer be accessed.
So please try it guys, hopefully it’s useful.
How to Return it
In Group Edit Policy and User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel, please change it again Barrier access to Control Panel and PC Settings, from enabled Becomes Not configured.
And if you use Registry Editor, please delete it NoControlPanel from HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesExplorer.