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Data type


Default value


0 | 1



Hides the icons representing all Control Panel items and folders, except those specified by entries in the RestrictCpl subkey. When hidden, the icons representing Control Panel programs and folders do not appear on the Start menu or in the Control Panel window.

This entry stores the setting of the Show only specified control panel applets Group Policy. Group Policy adds this entry 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.



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 all Control Panel items, except those specified by entries in the RestrictCpl 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 Show only specified control panel applets Group Policy (User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Control Panel).

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The RestrictCpl subkey stores the names of Control Panel items that appear while this policy is in effect. If the subkey does not appear in the registry or does not contain any entries, the Control Panel window is empty.

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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To find the file name of a Control Panel item, search for files with the .cpl file name extension in the Systemroot \System32 directory.

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 .

Related Entries

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DisallowCpl (subkey)

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RestrictCpl (subkey)

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