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Disable the filtering option in Add/Remove Programs

Published: June 08, 2005
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Introduction

As of Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), the list of applications displayed in the Change or Remove Programs tab under Add or Remove Programs can be filtered by the user to exclude entries for application or Windows Updates. This is accomplished through a Show updates check box at the top of the window. The Show updates option is unchecked by default.Show updates enables the user to toggle between showing or hiding installed updates.

To disable the filtering...

If you want to disable this feature for the current user, use the following steps:

  • Click Start, Run, type regedit and press Enter
  • Navigate to the following registry key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies \ Uninstall

  • In the right-pane, create a REG_DWORD named DontGroupPatches
  • Set DontGroupPatches value-data to 1