One of the first things you do after purchasing your new computer, Is download and Install your favorite programs and applications. As time goes by, you'll find that the list will Inevitably grow as new versions become available. As such, It's crucial to keep your programs Intact and prevent other users who're sharing your PC from uninstalling them, hence In this tutorial, I will show you how to hide programs from the Control Panel uninstall list.
It can take a considerable amount of time to locate, download, configure and finally Install programs on your computer, but with a few clicks of the mouse, they can easily be removed by anyone who has physical access to your PC. Wouldn't It be great, If a given program Is not available to uninstall In Control Panel's Programs and Features?
Well, I will demonstrate how to do this, by using a neat little tool named Hide From Uninstall List, that basically hides the entries of any program you like. You can download the tool from the official website, or via this reputable source.
Essentially, once you've made your selection, the program(s) will not appear In the (uninstall) Programs and Features window In Control Panel. Sounds pretty good? I think so too. So without further delay, let's get this tutorial started.
Step One:Once you've downloaded Hide From Uninstall List, simply double-click the executable file, and It will Immediately display all your Installed programs as per my example below.
Step Two:You can cross-check the entries, by navigating to Control Panel > Uninstall a program. In my case, I have 24 programs Installed, but I will hide the majority from being displayed In the next couple of steps.
Step Three:For the purpose of this tutorial, I'll only have 2 programs displayed In Control Panel's Uninstall list. To do this, simply select the checkboxes of your preferred programs, and their state will be marked as Show. The unchecked programs, will be applied as Hide. Let's see the result, by clicking on the Open Programs and Features button at the top.
Step Four:Control Panel's Programs and Features (namely the Uninstall a program window) has opened and as you can see, It only displays 2 programs. This Is confirmed by 2 programs Installed at the bottom. Essentially, the rest are hidden and cannot be uninstalled via Control Panel.
Last Step:To reverse the change and have the programs displayed as per their original state, simply select their respective checkboxes, and Show will be applied next to each one.
Final Thoughts:It doesn't get any easier than this, does It? The good thing about Hide From Uninstall List, Is not only the fact that It's a portable version that does not require Installation, but every change takes effect Immediately without the need to reboot your PC.
Do note, that this does not prevent users from uninstalling programs via other methodologies, such as the Windows Registry but given Control Panel Is the most common gateway, It certainly serves It's purpose well.