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How To Remove The Hardware Tab In Windows 10

Depending on your computing usage at the time, the Hardware tab that's located on the hard drive Properties dialog box as well as the keyboard, mouse and sounds & audio devices, allows access to update and change a variety of settings pertaining to the device(s) In question. If you're sharing your computer with other users, they can easily apply unwanted changes. As such, In this tutorial, I will show you how to securely remove the hardware tab In Windows 10.

Before I make a start, here's one example of what I'm referring to. Navigate to Control Panel, select the Large Icons category via the drop-down menu, and click on the Keyboard setting. You will then see the Hardware tab as shown below.

When selected, It allows you to update, disable, rollback and uninstall the driver relative (In this case) to the keyboard, which means that others users sharing your PC can do the very same. This Is certainly not welcomed from a personal standpoint. When removed, the Hardware tab will not be available as per the Image below.

So how did I completely remove the Hardware tab? Well, I'm glad you've asked! I will demonstrate how to do It, by using the good old Group Policy Editor that's only available In Windows 10 Pro, Education and Enterprise editions. If you're running either of these, then this tutorial Is for you.

Although what you're about to read contains quite a few steps, most are simply demonstrating the before & after results. The process Is In fact extremely simple, so without further delay, let's rip Into this tutorial.

Step One:

This first thing you need to do, Is access the Group Policy Editor. Open the Run menu, enter gpedit.msc and hit OK.

Step Two:

The Group Policy Editor will now open, so navigate to the following directory.
User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > File Explorer

Make sure the File Explorer folder Is selected and then on the right pane, double-click the Remove Hardware tab.

Step Three:

To the left of the window, select the Enabled radio button, and then hit Apply & OK for the change to take effect.

Step Four:

The Hardware tab has now been removed. I'll test It on my OS drive, by right-clicking It and selecting Properties.

Step Five:

Here's the settings before the above Implementation was applied. The Hardware tab Is clearly active.

Step Six:

And this Is the result after applying the setting via the Group Policy Editor. As you can see, the Hardware tab has been successfully removed and no longer part of the group of tabs at the top.

Step Seven:

The same applies when accessing the Mouse Properties via Control Panel. The Hardware tab has been removed.

Final Thoughts:

The good thing about this, Is that the majority of average users are not aware that the setting to remove the Hardware tab exists In the Group Policy Editor, hence cannot undo the change. Also, unlike the Windows Registry, there's very little to no chance of corruption. If you wish to apply the Hardware tab as per It's original state, refer to Step Three above, select the Not Configured radio button and hit OK.


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