Need the steps that need to be taken to remove programs from the Add or Remove Programs applet by using Group Policy, so that we can automatically uninstall programs on all workstations in our domain

Need the steps that need to be taken to remove programs from the Add or Remove Programs applet by using Group Policy, so that we can automatically uninstall programs on all Windows XP workstations in our domain.

How can this be done?
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NJComputerNetworksCommented:
unisntall software in GPO:

http://community.spiceworks.com/how_to/show/179

1) created a script to actually perform the uninstallation.  Use Vbscript, bat script, exe, etc

2) Create a GPO Statup Script (or shut down script) to run the script created in step 1

3) Apply the GPO to the machines that you want to target
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ThinkPaperIT ConsultantCommented:
What applet is this exactly? It may possibly have it's own uninstall registry key which you could then use to do a mass uninstall with..

HKLM/Software/Microsoft/Windows XP/Uninstall
Scroll down the keys until you find the one that corresponds to the applet you wish to uninstall

Usually they will have a Uninstall key

example:

msiexec /x{121212-234324-234234-234-233}

You can then use this to do a mass uninstallation, by simply creating a .BAT file and dumping that command above in it, and link it as a shutdown script.
i.e. your BATCH file might look like:

msiexec /x{121212-234324-234234-234-233} /qn               <----qn means quiet, no interface

Again, this all depends on the software you've got installed and whether it supports silent installs/uninstalls.
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ThinkPaperIT ConsultantCommented:
woops >> HKLM/Software/Microsoft/Windows/Uninstall

not "Windows XP"
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ChiefITCommented:
You can do this via group policy as both a user and computer policy. It is called a software installation policy.

I think this is the article I used to configure such a thing:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc738858%28WS.10%29.aspx
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