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Access To Add or Remove Programs is Restricted

Add or Remove Programs feature allows users to uninstall, install or repair software products installed on their Windows computers. If you do not want others to access this feature on your PC, you can restrict access to this window by disabling this feature on your computer. There are two methods to disable Add or Remove Programs on your computer. Either from Group Policy Editor or from Windows Registry. Both methods are explained below. At the end of the guide, you can see how to lift restrictions to enter this feature. In most cases, this restriction is due to recent malware infection. You can use the same procedure in case if you are facing troubles to enter this window on your laptop.

Disable Access to Add Or Remove Programs

  1. From Group Policy Editor

    1. Type gpedit.msc on Search and click on gpedit link

    2. Go to the location User Configuration and click Administrative Templates

    3. Click Control Panel and select install and uninstall software
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    4. Double click on Remove Add or Remove Programs

    5. Select Enable
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      Click save settings.

    Now onwards any user tries to access this window will receive the error message "Add or Remove Programs has been restricted. Please check with your administrator". You cannot use this method to disable this function on Windows 8, Windows 7 and Vista computers. This method supports only Windows XP, Windows 2000 and Server 2003 only. If you are having the latest versions of Operating systems from Vista onwards, you may try the next method.

  2. Registry Editing

    We can disable Add/Remove Programs from Registry Editor too. Steps are provided below.

    1. Type regedit on Windows search to access registry editor

    2. Go to the location HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies

    3. Right click on Policies

    4. Click new from the right-click menu and create a new key and name it Uninstall

    5. Create a new DWORD value and name it NoAddRemovePrograms

    6. Set the value of NoAddRemovePrograms as 1

How to Enable Access to Add/Remove Programs

In case if you want to enable access to this feature on your computer, follow the steps below.

  1. Group Policy Check

    If you are receiving the error message "Add or Remove Programs has been restricted. Please check with your administrator" while trying to access this feature, follow the steps below.

    • Go to the location Administrative Templates >Control Panel >Add or Remove Programs

    • Double Click Remove Add or Remove Programs and select disable option

  2. Registry Check

    • Go to the location HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies

    • Set the NoAddRemovePrograms key's value to 0

So if you are seeing issues with opening this feature on your computer, you may try the steps explained just above this paragraph. We cannot predict the malware products used which method to disable this feature. so I recommend you to ensure that the access to this tool enables from both Group Policy and Windows Registry.

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