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.
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
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.
Cscript \\<server>\<share>\NOGAMES.VBS //T:5 //B
Sample CodeThe 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:
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:
' 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
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For additional information on scripting, and the Windows Script Host, see the MSDN Scripting site.
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