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Programs and Features - Enable or Disable

How to Enable or Disable "Programs and Features" in Windows 7
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11 Apr 2010
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How to Enable or Disable "Programs and Features" in Windows 7

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This will show you how to enable or disable all or specific users from being able to access Programs and Features in the Control Panel to view, uninstall, change, or repair programs that are currently installed in Windows 7.

You must be logged in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.

EXAMPLE: Programs and Features Enabled and Disable


To Enable or Disable "Programs and Features" Using REG Download

NOTE: This option will affect all users on the computer.
1. To Enable Programs and Features
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
B) Go to step 3.
2. To Disable Programs and Features
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
3. Save the .reg file to the desktop.

4. Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge.

5. Click on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK when prompted.

6. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply.

7. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.

To Enable or Disable "Programs and Features" in Group Policy
1. Open the all users, specific users or groups, or all users except administrators Local Group Policy Editor for how you want this policy applied.
2. In the left pane, click on to expand User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Control Panel, and Programs. (see screenshot below)
3. In the right pane, right click on Hide "Programs and Features" page and click on Edit. (see screenshot above)

4. To Enable Programs and Features
A) Select (dot) either Not Configured or Disabled. (see screenshot below step 6)
B) Go to step 6.
5. To Disable Programs and Features
A) Select (dot) Enabled. (see screenshot below step 6)
6. Click on OK. (see screenshot below)
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7. Close the Local Group Policy Editor window.
That's it,

04 Sep 2012   #1

Windows 7 X64 version 6.1.7601

Yes, easy to follow instructions, but wouldn't that disable control panel for ALL users, INCLUDING the admin?

If the previous is true, that's not very practical for what I have in mind. I want to prevent the Guest account from making any modifications to the computer. And I cannot use Parental Controls on a Guest account.

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04 Sep 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise

Hello Xavier, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Option One yes, but you could use OPTION TWO (if available in your edition of Windows 7) will allow you to specify.

By default, a guest account cannot make changes that affect the computer anyways. When they log out, any changes they made to the guest account itself are automatically undone. There's really not any need to do anything else though.

To continue at your existing thread for this issues below.

How to prevent Guest account from making modifications to the computer
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