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Add/Remove Programs is restricted.

billwharton
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Windows 2000 Professional

I get the following error while trying to open control panel -> add/remove programs.

Add/Remove Programs has been restricted. Please check with your administrator.

I think I started getting this error long time back when I joint my workstation to a domain and was fiddling around with pushing down policy settings from the server. Now, of course the client is in a workgroup and this is the only machine I have. How do I get rid of these settings?

Can I go somewhere in Local security policy and change any settings? I browsed through it but couldn't find anything
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Check the registry setting here:
Start --> run --> regedit

Look for NoControlPanel in both of these keys:

 HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
 HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

The value for this key should be 0 to disable restriction or 1 to enable it (prevent control panel access)

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My username is part of the administrators group and even if I logon as the administrator, it still gives me the same error.

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sunray

thx for answering my question in less than a minute but that doesn't work. Also, the rest of my control panel is just fine, it's just this add/remove which is restricted.

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Check the NTFS security settings for the appwiz.cpl.  You can also try copy it to diskette, then try to delete the one on hard drive to remove security from it - then copy the one on the diskette back.

Gnart

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I use FAT32.

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Oh, OK.  Login as workstation administrator, reapply the basicwk.inf security template and remove group security policy that may exist locally.

Gnart

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By reapply, do you mean copy the original file from the windows2000 cd to c:\winnt\security\templates

I have checked my 'local security policy' in administration tools and cannot find any setting to this effect. When you mention 'remove group security policy', what steps do I have to take?

thx
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