Hide the “Add a program from CD-ROM or floppy disk” option

Removes the “Add a program from CD-ROM or floppy disk” section from the Add New Programs page. This prevents users from using Add or Remove Programs to install programs from removable media. If you disable this setting or do not configure it the “Add a program from CD-ROM or floppy disk” option is available to all users. This setting does not prevent users from using other tools and methods to add or remove program components. Note: If the “Hide Add New Programs page” setting is enabled this setting is ignored. Also if the “Prevent removable media source for any install” setting (located in User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Windows Installer) is enabled users cannot add programs from removable media regardless of this setting.

Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Software -> Microsoft -> Windows -> CurrentVersion -> Policies -> Uninstall # NoAddFromCDorFloppy

  2. The Administrative Template path is:

    Control Panel -> Add or Remove 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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