How To Remove Games from Windows Setup, Add Remove Programs

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Summary
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.
More information
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 thefollowing 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 98Const ForReading = 1, ForWriting = 2, ForAppending = 8'*** The following 3 lines get the path of the INF folderSet 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 = _  "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\VersionNumber"  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  Else    WScript.Quit        'Unknown version exit script  End IfEnd 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 file2Set 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 textlineLoopa.Closeb.Close				
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
References
For additional information on scripting, and the Windows Script Host, see the MSDN Scripting site.
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