How To Remove Games from Windows Setup, Add Remove Programs

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This article describes how to prevent GAMES from appearing under Accessories in the Control Panel's Add/Remove Programs. Accessories is on the Windows Setup tab in Add/Remove Programs.

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To remove the option for GAMES under Add/Remove Programs, rename the section [GAMES] to [NOGAMES]:
  • For Windows 95 the file to modify is Windows\Inf\Applets.inf
  • For Windows 98 the file to modify is WINDOWS\Inf\Appletpp.inf
Administrators can automate the process by adding a line similar to the following in the login script:
Cscript \\<server>\<share>\NOGAMES.VBS //T:5 //B
Where <server> is the name of the server and <share> is the name of the share. //T:5 Terminates the script after five seconds if it is still running. //B Tells the script to run in non-interactive mode.

Sample Code

The NoGames.vbs sample below automatically renames the section to NOGAMES.

NOTE: Windows Script Host (WSH) must be installed on a Windows 95 machine to run VBScript. For more information on WSH and how to install it please visit the Scripting Web site on the MSDN Scripting site. Using a text editor, create a VBScript file called NoGames.vbs with the following lines:
' NOGAMES.VBS removes games from Add/Remove under Windows setup
' Windows 95 requires Windows Script Host to run the script.
' Windows Script Host is built into Windows 98

Const ForReading = 1, ForWriting = 2, ForAppending = 8

'*** The following 3 lines get the path of the INF folder
Set WSHShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
Set WshSysEnv = WshShell.Environment("PROCESS")
INFfolder = WshSysEnv("WINDIR") & "\INF"  

'*** The applet function returns the name of the INF
'*** that has the game section based on Windows version.
Function Applet()
  WinVerPath = _
  On Error Resume Next
  WinVer = WSHShell.RegRead(WinVerPath)
  If WinVer = "4.00.950" then
    Applet = INFfolder & "\APPLETS"  'Win95 or Win95a
  ElseIf WinVer = "4.00.1111" then
    Applet = INFfolder & "\APPLETS"  'Win95b or Win95c
  ElseIf WinVer = "4.10.1998" then
    Applet = INFfolder & "\APPLETPP" 'Win98
  ElseIf WinVer = "4.10.2222" then   
    Applet = INFfolder & "\APPLETPP" 'Win98 Second Edition
    WScript.Quit        'Unknown version exit script
  End If
End Function

'*** The following section copies the file to be modified
'*** to *.bak then recreates the original file with [nogames]
Set fs = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
File1 = Applet() & ".INF"   'path and file with [games]
File2 = Applet() & ".BAK"   'name of backup file.
fs.copyfile file1, file2    'copy file1 to file2
Set A = fs.OpenTextFile(File2, ForReading, False)
Set b = fs.CreateTextFile(File1, True)
Do While a.AtEndOfStream <> True    
  textline = a.ReadLine    
  if StrComp(trim(textline), "[GAMES]", vbTextCompare)=0 then
    textline ="[NOGAMES]"
  end if
  b.WriteLine textline
For additional information about how to determine which folder Windows is installed in, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
305792 How to Determine Which Folder Windows Is Installed In


For additional information on scripting, and the Windows Script Host, see the MSDN Scripting site.


Article ID: 203492 - Last Review: July 19, 2012 - Revision: 1.0
Applies to
  • Microsoft Windows 95
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