Hide “Set Program Access and Computer Defaults” page

This setting removes the Set Program Access and Defaults page from the Programs Control Panel. As a result users cannot view or change the associated page. The Set Program Access and Computer Defaults page allows administrators to specify default programs for certain activities such as Web browsing or sending e-mail as well as specify the programs that are accessible from the Start menu desktop and other locations. If this setting is disabled or not configured the Set Program Access and Defaults button is available to all users. This setting does not prevent users from using other tools and methods to change program access or defaults. This setting does not prevent the Default Programs icon from appearing on the Start menu.

Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Software -> Microsoft -> Windows -> CurrentVersion -> Policies -> Programs # NoDefaultPrograms

  2. The Administrative Template path is:

    Control Panel -> Programs


* Making mistakes while changing registry values can affect your system adversely. We recommend you to create a System Restore point before making registry manipulation. If you're new to Registry Editor, read this beginner's guide.
** To locate the registry and administrative template path, checkout beginner's guide.
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