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Can't Use Control Panel Functions

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#1 Tuffy


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Posted 16 August 2007 - 03:20 PM

Recently my laptop was exposed to some infections. I'm in the process of doing a clean-up, but my XP is not letting me access Control Panel functions and My Computer's "Properties". It gives me an error message that says, "The operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer. Please contact your System Administrator."

Anyone know of the fix?

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#2 Wendy K. Walker

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Posted 16 August 2007 - 10:54 PM

Hi Tuffy,

Sorry to hear about the infections there. I don't know but it sounds like you might be logging in on a limited user account. Do you have access to an admin account on that PC?

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Posted 16 August 2007 - 11:18 PM

There are registry keys that need to be changed to allow access to the control panel again. WARNING!!! Unless you are very very confident you should NOT attempt this. If you make a mistake you will end up reinstalling Windows. I am not talking down to you and I am not trying t be rude but this is a very serious tweak.

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Modifying your registry can damage your operating system beyond repair!

Before proceeding, backup your registry! NOW!!

Recommended registry utility. ERUNT Registry Backup

OK here we go.

Here is a tweak on how to change the restriction very the registry editor.

Registry Settings

User Key: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\
System Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\
Value Name: NoControlPanel
Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
Value Data: (0 = disable restriction, 1 = enable restriction)

Link to PCTools Article

Once again, if you are not sure you can modify you registry DO NOT PROCEED!!!
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