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Add/Remove Programs is restricted.

billwharton asked
Last Modified: 2013-12-04
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:


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


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



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.

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.



I use FAT32.

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



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?

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