Win10 Settings Blocker: A Free Tool For Disabling The Control Panel And Settings App In Windows 10
If you do want to disable the Control Panel and Settings app on a given PC, simply follow the steps below:
Important: I have tested this tool on several machines and it worked perfectly every time. I have also ran the downloaded files through VirusTotal and they come up completely clean.
But that being said, any time the Windows Registry is edited (and this tool does edit the machine’s Registry), there is always the chance that something could go wrong.
Therefore, I strongly recommend that you create a System Image Backup (link to instructions are above) before using this tool to disable the Control Panel and Settings app.
I also recommend that you keep a backup on hand that was created before you disabled those apps just in case you are unable to re-enable the disabled tools at some point in the future.
1 – Download the free Win10 Settings Blocker app from this page.
2 – Right-click on the downloaded file and click Extract all.
3 – Open the folder containing the extracted files, then open the WsBlocker folder.
4 – Double-click the WsBlocker.exe file to launch the tool.
Note: Your PC’s security software might prevent the tool from running because it mistakenly thinks it’s a malicious program. However, this program won’t harm your system. Security apps will typically block programs from running if they are unfamiliar with the program and that program has the ability to make changes at the Windows System level (and this one does).
Therefore, if you receive the User Account Control warning, simply click Yes to proceed.
5 – Click on the arrow in the box and select Block Settings Pages from the drop-down menu.
6 – Click on the green check mark to save the new setting.
7 – Click the X in the upper right corner to close the tool.