I'm having difficulty running inetcpl.cpl. My GPO setting: Run only specified Windows applications allows Control Panel by including control.exe. Keep in mind that I can run control.exe, but not inetcpl.cpl.

The reason why I choose to Whitelist and not Blacklist Apps is because it's easier to maintain. Blacklisting apps means there will always be questionable executables to restrict and this eliminates the idea of "Set & Forget" for a PC to be used as a Kiosk.


  • running rundll32.exe inetcpl.cpl
  • running control.exe inetcpl.cpl with GPO setting Prohibit access to the Control Panel: Not Configured


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    • Instead, make account admin and configure inetcpl.cpl before blacklisting control.exe
    • the reason why I chose to blacklist is because for some reason inetcpl.cpl configuration won't apply with whitlist method of restricting apps in GPO
  • Why do you configure that GP setting? – Biswapriyo Aug 23 '19 at 3:53
  • I configure to Run only specified Windows applications because of it's whitelisting behavior. Allowing apps this way is easier than having to blacklist apps which I can imagine is, arbitrary. Whitelisting apps means the Administrator already has an idea of what needs to be non-restrictive as opposed to finding a damaging executable in the future to be added after the fact it's already harmed the PC. – fohrums Aug 23 '19 at 4:58
  • Please add the reason in question not in comment :) – Biswapriyo Aug 23 '19 at 5:00

If you enter inetcpl.cpl into the Run dialog, it will run the following command:

"C:\Windows\system32\control.exe" "C:\Windows\system32\inetcpl.cpl"

which will then run:

"C:\Windows\ystem32\rundll32.exe" Shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL "C:\Windows\system32\inetcpl.cpl",

Therefore, to open the dialog through the Run dialog you will need to whitelist both control.exe and rundll32.exe.

If you want to limit access to the Control Panel, you could probably blacklist control.exe and write a batch file to run the rundll32.exe command when you need it. You could then add the batch file to the %PATH% variable to make it easy to run from the Run dialog.

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