How can I hide the Set Program Access and Defaults tool from all users of a particular machine?

A. Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Windows 2000 SP3 include a new GUI tool that lets you configure default program access for some OS components, including the Web browser, email client, Instant Messaging (IM) client, and media player. To hide this tool from all users, perform the following steps:

  1. Start a registry editor (e.g., regedit.exe).
  2. Navigate to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\Uninstall registry subkey.
  3. From the Edit menu, select New, DWORD Value.
  4. Enter the name NoChooseProgramsPage, then press Enter.
  5. Double-click the new value, set it to 1, then click OK.
  6. Close the registry editor.
  7. Restart Windows for the change to take effect.

You can configure the same setting for an individual user by changing the path in Step 2 to navigate to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\Uninstall registry subkey.

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