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found this guide over at, and I'm curious if there is still other way for others to access folder options if I have already disabled it. And if you know if there is other way to access hidden files if the folder options is disabled please do tell.

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Why not deny those users access to the .cpl file using file permissions? It doesn't get more secure than that.

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If this is a computer joined to a domain, there is a group policy called "Hide specified Control Panel items" under:

User Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\Control Panel

This will prohibit access to any applet you specify, no matter how the user tries to access it.

There is also a policy specifically for Folder Options called "Removes the Folder Options menu item from the Tools menu" which does the same function, found under:

User Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Explorer

I suspect that under the covers these policies just set the registry value that you've found.

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does this trick succeeds in securing that certain file, if the file is to be launched using the command line? – Ieyasu Sawada Feb 22 '10 at 0:48
Yes, the first policy I mentioned is the official way to disable all access to Control Panel applets, no matter how they try to access it. – Stephen Jennings Feb 22 '10 at 3:38

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