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Windows XP: uninstalling normally uninstallable programs

Arrow Image getting rid of programs that come with xp that you can't normally get rid of

This article focuses mainly on uninstalling things such as windows messenger, WordPad and other similar components that cannot be uninstalled by any normal means.

To normally remove XP utilities and components, you would normally go to control panel>add or remove programs>add/remove windows components. But wait windows messenger is not there! Neither is WordPad, like omg!

This is what you do. Find your sysoc.inf file. It is usually located in the C:\\WINDOWS\\INF folder. (The C:\\WINDOWS\\INF might be hidden, so go to tools>folder options>view and choose show hidden files and folders to unhide it). Open sysoc.inf in notepad. When you open the file you’ll see something like this:


Programs that are not uninstallable have the word ‘hide’ or ‘HIDE’ somewhere in there. All you have to do is get rid of the word ‘hide’ and it becomes uninstallable.

Ex. Pinball=ocgen.dll,Ocentry,pinball.inf,HIDE,7 should be changed to Pinball=ocgen.dll,Ocentry,pinball.inf,,7

Ta da!!! Now you can delete all of those unnecessary utilities/programs/components or whatever you call ‘em, that come with windows XP.

And because I’m such a nice guy I’ll even include this so that you know what those crazy names are referring to

AccessOpt-Accessability Wizard
MultiM-Multimedia components, including Media Player, Volume Control, and Sound Recorder
CommApps-Communications components, including Chat, Hyperterminal, and Phone Dialer
AutoUpdate-Windows Automatic Update
TerminalServer-Terminal Server
Dtc-Distributed Transaction Coordinator
WBEM-Windows Management Instrumentation
Pinball-Pinball game
Msmsgs-Windows Messenger



Mr_Cheeseon April 03 2005 - 13:25:38
nice, very useful. I was trying to uninstall fuycking IE the other day, and i was unable to, for exactly this reason. Thanks Sky
skyon April 04 2005 - 01:05:17
actually it think it's safe to uninstall IE...i did a google search and people say they have done it without any problems.Wink
Mr_Cheeseon April 05 2005 - 13:28:15
1st off, it windows wont let me uninstall IE, secondly IE doent have the "hide" tag. hmmmmm Shock
SoulTakeron September 26 2006 - 17:31:50
I need to Uninstall messenger ... But whats the crap words over there ?? Which Language "And because I’m such a nice guy I’ll even include this so that you know what those crazy names are referring to" ??? :right:
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