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Disable Network Control Panel

By Net Designer ·
Windows XPSP2

How do I disable "Network Connections" applet in control panel.
Adding the following to control.ini did not work:
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ncpa.cpl=no

Thanks.

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by pierrejamme In reply to Disable Network Control P ...

Remove or disable your network card

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My point is to not allow users change network configuration (e.g. IP address, mask, etc.). NOTE: All users have admin rights on their respective PCs for certain reasons and all I want is atleast to hide the Network applet from Control Panel.

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by NormH3 In reply to Disable Network Control P ...

I'm sure there is a registry tweak that can do what you want to do, but I'm not sure exactly where it would be.

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by jonno112 In reply to Disable Network Control P ...

You can check out powertoys
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/powertoys/xppowertoys.mspx

We use this at our school to remove control panel applets.

Good luck

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by rapell In reply to Disable Network Control P ...

Assuming you don't have some wise users on the network, you can use group policy settings which are local to each PC, so to make things easy you might want to write a script and just run it on each PC(I cant help with that). Otherwise, open start->Run then type gpedit.msc and select OK. In the group policy settings window, under User Configuration, navigate to Administrative templates->Network->Network Connections.In the details pane, double click the 'Prohibit access to the properties of the LAN connection. Select "enabled". Save and close settings. You can read through most of the options there and restrict or allow as required. After that you can then prohibit editing of grouop policy to cater for the 'wise users'. Hope this helps.

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