Specify default category for Add New Programs

Specifies the category of programs that appears when users open the “Add New Programs” page. If you enable this setting only the programs in the category you specify are displayed when the “Add New Programs” page opens. Users can use the Category box on the “Add New Programs” page to display programs in other categories. To use this setting type the name of a category in the Category box for this setting. You must enter a category that is already defined in Add or Remove Programs. To define a category use Software Installation. If you disable this setting or do not configure it all programs (Category: All) are displayed when the “Add New Programs” page opens. You can use this setting to direct users to the programs they are most likely to need. Note: This setting is ignored if either the “Remove Add or Remove Programs” setting or the “Hide Add New Programs page” setting is enabled.

Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

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

  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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