Data type


Default value


0 | 1



Removes the icons representing selected Control Panel items from the Start menu and from the Control Panel window.

This entry stores the setting of the Hide specified control panel applets Group Policy. Group Policy adds this entry to the registry with value of 1 when you enable the policy. If you disable the policy or set it to Not configured, Group Policy deletes this entry from the registry, and the system behaves as though the value is 0.



0 (or not in the registry)

The policy is disabled or not configured. The system displays the icons of all Control Panel items.


The policy is enabled. The system hides the icons of Control Panel items specified by entries in the DisallowCpl subkey. It does not prevent any Control Panel programs from running.

Change method

To change the value of the entries in this subkey, use Group Policy. These entries correspond to the Hide specified control panel applets Group Policy (User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Control Panel).

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The DisallowCpl subkey stores the names of hidden Control Panel items. If the subkey does not appear in the registry or does not contain any entries, this entry has no effect.

The Hide specified control panel applets policy takes precedence over the Show only specified control panel applets policy. If the same Control Panel item appears in both the DisallowCpl subkey and the RestrictCpl subkey, the item is hidden, and the entry in the RestrictCpl subkey is ignored.

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For detailed information about particular Group Policy settings, see the Windows 2000 Resource Kit Group Policy Reference.

For general information about Group Policy, see Windows 2000 Server Help or Windows 2000 Professional Help.

To see a table associating policies with their corresponding registry entries, see the Group Policy Registry Table .