This step involves making changes in the registry. Always back up your registry before making any changes
. If you are not familiar with working in the registry, then you should NOT attempt to make any changes on your own. Improper changes to the registry could adversely affect your computer and render it inoperable.
Click on the link below:http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/regs_edits/msinforestore.reg
Scroll down to #256 and click "Restore the Control Panel" in the left column. Go to File, choose "Save page as" All Files and save controlpanelrestrictionrestore.reg
to your desktop. Double-click on the file and choose "Yes" to merge it into the registry when prompted.
If your using XP Pro, go to Start > Run and type or copy/paste: gpedit.msc
In Group Policy go to:
User Configuration > Administrative Templates and double click on Control Panel.
In the right-hand pane, double-click on Prohibit Access to Control Panel
and make sure its set to Not Configured