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.
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.
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
' 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.
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
'*** 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
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:
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