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Allow Uninstall of Windows Components (Windows XP) Popular

Windows includes a number of system components that are normally not available on the Add/Remove Windows Components list. This tweak allows you to display these items and therefore have the option to uninstall.

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Open the SYSOC.INF file in the Windows\INF sub-directory (e.g. C:\Windows\INF).

Under the [Components] heading are the system components installed on the computer. The items that have the word "HIDE" or "hide" in them are not displayed on the Add/Remove Programs list. e.g. the WordPad program is usally not shown because it contains "HIDE"

MSWordPad=ocgen.dll,OcEntry,wordpad.inf,HIDE,7

To change an item so it is shown remove the "hide" text, leaving the surrounding commas. For example you would change the WordPad entry from:

MSWordPad=ocgen.dll,OcEntry,wordpad.inf,HIDE,7

To:

MSWordPad=ocgen.dll,OcEntry,wordpad.inf,,7

The main hidden Windows components in Windows XP are:

Accessibility Wizard
AccessOpt=ocgen.dll,OcEntry,optional.inf,HIDE,7

Automatic Windows Update
AutoUpdate=ocgen.dll,OcEntry,au.inf,hide,7

COM+
com=comsetup.dll,OcEntry,comnt5.inf,hide,7

Communications components (including Chat, Hyperterminal, and Phone Dialer)
CommApps=ocgen.dll,OcEntry,communic.inf,HIDE,7

Distributed Transaction Coordinator
dtc=msdtcstp.dll,OcEntry,dtcnt5.inf,hide,7

Windows Messenger
msmsgs=msgrocm.dll,OcEntry,msmsgs.inf,hide,7

WordPad
MSWordPad=ocgen.dll,OcEntry,wordpad.inf,HIDE,7

Multimedia components (including Media Player, Volume Control, and Sound Recorder)
MultiM=ocgen.dll,OcEntry,multimed.inf,HIDE,7

Pinball game
Pinball=ocgen.dll,OcEntry,pinball.inf,HIDE,7

Tablet PC
TabletPC=tabletoc.dll,TabletSetupProc,Tabletpc.inf,HIDE,7

Terminal Server
TerminalServer=TsOc.dll, HydraOc, TsOc.inf,hide,2

Windows Management Instrumentation
WBEM=ocgen.dll,OcEntry,wbemoc.inf,hide,7

Save the file and reopen the Add/Remove Windows Components listing for the change to take effect.

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Last modified: February 12, 2003