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Remove Control Panel Applets
Super Admin
By Super Admin
Published on 02/23/2005
This tweak is useful for uncluttering your Control Panel and removing unused functions

Remove Control Panel Applets

Open regedit and go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel and add a key named "don't load" (minus the quotes)

Next add String values within the "don't load" Key. You will use one String value for each control panel applet you want removed.

For example, I want to remove the "System" applet once I configure my Paging File to Performance settings as well as Restore functions and more - I will make a string value with the name "sysdm.cpl" and no value set and the System applet will no longer be available under the Control Panel.

To restore a full control Panel to default just delete the "don't load" key.

Here are the Windows XP Pro Control Panel applets:

System Properties = sysdm.cpl

Network Connections = ncpa.cpl

ODBC Administrator = odbccp32.cpl

Display Properties = desk.cpl

Add or remove programs = appwiz.cpl

Internet Properties =  Inetcpl.cpl

Game Controllers = joy.cpl

Phone and modem Options = telephon.cpl

Time and Date Properties = timedate.cpl

Region and Language Options = intl.cpl

Power Options = powercfg.cpl

Mouse Properties = main.cpl

Accessibility Options = access.cpl

Add Hardware Wizard = hdwwiz.cpl

Sound and Audio Devices = mmsys.cpl

User Accounts = nusrmgr.cpl

Speech Properties = sapi.cpl