Display Properties: Display control

Windows 98/Me/2000

Removing the check mark from this item will disable the Display Properties, both when right-clicking the Desktop and selecting Properties, and when selecting Control Panel > Display.

Note: This will not remove the Display icon in Control Panel, but when you try to access it, you will get a warning - as you also get when right-clicking the Desktop and choosing Properties from the context menu - that this function has been disabled by the systems administrator.


Display Properties: Appearance tab

Windows 98/Me/2000

Removing the check mark from this item will hide the Appearance tab in Display Properties, both when right-clicking the Desktop and selecting Properties, and when selecting Control Panel > Display.

On the Appearance tab you can change a host of settings to change the appearance of Windows, such as color schemes, font sizes & types used in menu's etc.


Display Properties: Background tab

Windows 98/Me/2000

Removing the check mark from this item will hide the Background tab in Display Properties, both when right-clicking the Desktop and selecting Properties, and when selecting Control Panel - Display.

The Background tab is used to change the background (Wall paper) of the Desktop.


Display Properties: Effects tab

Windows 98/Me/2000

Removing the check mark from this item will hide the Effects tab in Display Properties, both when right-clicking the Desktop and selecting Properties, and when selecting Control Panel - Display.

This tab let you customise some of the Desktop Icons, and some other visual effects.


Display Properties: Screen Saver tab

Windows 98/Me/2000

Removing the check mark from this item will hide the Screen Saver tab in Display Properties, both when right-clicking the Desktop and selecting Properties, and when selecting Control Panel - Display.

The Screen Saver tab is used to enable/change screen savers, and change the Power Management settings for the computer.


Display Properties: Settings tab

Windows 98/Me/2000

Removing the check mark from this item will hide the Settings tab in Display Properties, both when right-clicking the Desktop and selecting Properties, and when selecting Control Panel - Display.

The Settings tab is used to change the screen resolution and colour depth, change the (screen) font size, and to change the Graphics adapter driver and Monitor type, change the refresh rate of the Graphics adapter, change the hardware acceleration of the Graphics adapter*, change the colour profile used by your monitor.

*) The hardware acceleration of the Graphics adapter can also be changed from Control Panel > System > Performance.

In Windows 98/Me, disabling the Settings tab will also disable the Effects tab and Web tab.


Display Properties: Web tab

Windows 98/Me/2000

Removing the check mark from this item will hide the Web tab in Display Properties, both when right-clicking the Desktop and selecting Properties, and when selecting Control Panel - Display.


Passwords Properties: Password control

Windows 98/Me

Removing the check mark from this item will disable the Password Properties from Control Panel, so users will not be able to add/change passwords or User Profiles.

Note I: When using Windows 98, you would also have to disable the Users Control, because users can still add new users with new passwords to the system via the Users applet.

Note II: This will not remove the Password icon in Control Panel, but when you try to access it, you will get a warning that this function has been disabled by the systems administrator.


Passwords Properties: Change Passwords tab

Windows 98/Me

Removing the check mark from this item will hide the Change Passwords tab from Password Properties in Control Panel, thus users will not be able to change passwords.

Users can still add new users with new passwords. If you want to disable this functionality, you have to disable the Password Control.


Passwords Properties: Users control

Windows 98/Me

Removing the check mark from this item will disable the Users applet from Control Panel, so users will not be able to add multiple users to the system.

Note: This will not remove the Users icon in Control Panel, but when you try to access it, you will get a warning that this function has been disabled by the systems administrator.


System Properties: Device Manager tab

Windows 98/Me

Removing the check mark from this item will hide the Device Manager tab from the System Properties (Control Panel > System).

This will hide all device information from users.


System Properties: Hardware Profiles tab

Windows 98/Me

Removing the check mark from this item will hide the Hardware Profiles tab from the System Properties (Control Panel > System).


System Properties > Performance tab: File System button

Windows 98/Me

Removing the check mark from this item will hide the File System button on the Performance tab from the System Properties (Control Panel > System).

This will prevent users from:

  1. Change the Typical role of the computer

  2. Change read ahead optimisation

  3. Check or uncheck the Search for new floppy disk drives each time your computer starts

  4. Change the supplemental cache for the CD-ROM drive

  5. Enable or disable write-behind caching on all removable disk drives

  6. Change Troubleshooting properties

Note that #3 and #5 only apply to Windows 98.


System Properties > Performance tab: Virtual Memory button

Windows 98/Me

Removing the check mark from this item will hide the Virtual Memory button on the Performance tab from the System Properties (Control Panel > System).

This prevent users from changing the Virtual memory settings.



Control Panel (more)

Windows 98/Me/2000

On this tab you can show/hide Control Panel applets.

Note I: Some .cpl files contain more than one item. For example mail.cpl contains the Keyboard, Mouse, and Printers items.

Note II: It is normal that some items will show <NO INFORMATION FOUND> after the name of the .cpl file. This just means that there is no information about the Control Panel applet function stored in the .cpl file.

Note III: In Windows 98/Me changes you make here are global, in Windows 2000 they are user specific.



Add/Remove Programs

Windows 98/Me/2000

Here you can Remove, Edit or Add entries to/from the Add/Remove Programs entry in Control Panel.

This comes in handy when you manually removed an application from your system, without using the uninstall function. Removing an application manually leaves the entry in Add/Remove Programs.

Note: Removing an entry here will NOT uninstall the software from your system, it will just remove the entry from the list of programs presented by the Add/Remove Programs entry.