JSI Tip 3644. How do I remove the 'Add/Remove Windows Components' button from the 'Add/Remove Programs' applet?

The easiest way to remove the Add/Remove Windows Components from the Add/Remove Programs bar is to implement the Hide Add/Remove Windows Components page Group Policy at User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Control Panel\Add/Remove Programs.

If the policy is Not configured, you can use Regedt32 to navigate to
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Uninstall. The NoWindowsSetupPage value name, a REG_DWORD data type, can have the following data values:

0 - The policy is Disabled or Not configured.

1 - The Add/Remove Windows Components button is removed.

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