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Hide installed program from the Add/Remove Programs window.

Sometimes even if program has uninstall functionality, this functionality doesn’t delete entries from Add/Remove programs. By using this tweak you are able to manually remove any orphaned entries.

Tweak for : Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows 2000, Windows Vista
Windows compatible programs have to include an uninstall program. Sometimes even if program has uninstall functionality, this functionality doesn’t delete entries from Add/Remove programs. By using this tweak you are able to manually remove any orphaned entries. Beside that, you can use this tweak if you want to manually and on purpose hide some application in Add/Remove programs. After that user won’t be able to remove or change hidden application.

For this, go to Start > Run menu, enter "regedit" and navigate to the registry path listed below. Under that key will be some sub keys, each representing one installed application. To see which application each sub key represents, open it and there should be at least two values "DisplayName" and "UninstallString". "DisplayName" is the name used in the Add/Remove programs list and "UninstallString" is the program used to uninstall the application.

Now, to remove a particular program from the list you can either rename these two String values representing that program or delete that particular sub key (for experts only). To include the program again in list, restore the name or key as it was previous.

The changes take effect after a restart or logoff.

NOTE:
In Windows 2000, you only have an option to delete the sub key of the program which you want to hide from the list. It can’t hide the program name but only disable the feature of change/Remove for that program.

Export that particular sub key before deleting so that you can restore it again whenever you want to re-include that program in list.

Apply registry settings according below given steps of screenshots with related changes.

‘Yahoo Messenger’ is installed but hidden from the ‘Add or Remove Programs’.

‘Yahoo Messenger’ can be hidden from the ‘Add or Remove Programs’ by default.

First, click the 'Start' button, and select 'Run'. In the resulting dialog box, type "regedit".

Go to [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{installed application}\] , right-click on "DisplayName" and click on 'rename'.

Right-click on "UninstallString" and click on 'rename'.

Disable access to the “Users” system icon (For Current User in Win 98/Me).

Category : Display > Control Panel

You can customize the display of the Control Panel applets. With this setting you can disable the access to the “Users” system icon from the current applets group.

Disable access to the “Users” system icon (For All Users in Win 98/Me).

Category : Display > Control Panel

You can customize the display of the Control Panel applets. With this setting you can disable the access to the “Users” system icon from the current applets group.

Disable the ability to change password (For Current User).

Category : Display > Control Panel

You can customize the display of the Control Panel applets. With this setting you can disable the ability to change password using “Passwords” system icon in the current applets group.

Disable the ability to change password (For All Users).

Category : Display > Control Panel

You can customize the display of the Control Panel applets. With this setting you can disable the ability to change password using “Passwords” system icon in the current applets group.

Prevent changes to virtual memory settings (For Current User).

Category : Display > Control Panel

With this setting you can prevent changes to the default virtual memory settings using the “Display” system icon in Control Panel.

 
 
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