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Is there a way to permanently remove the packaged games that come with XP, such as solitaire and Internet Backgammon? I know I can remove them from Control Panel, but I can use the same method to re-install them. I want them gone so no one can re-install them without an install disk.
 

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rt click delete and they're gone to the recycle bin, then empty the bin.
 

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The games like freecell can't be deleted because they are system files, protected by Windows File Protection.
After you remove them through Add-Remove Programs, if you open the 'sysoc.inf' file in Windows\Inf folder, on the line that starts with Games, add the word HIDE between the 2 commas. ex:Games=ocgen.dll,OcEntry,games.inf,HIDE,7
Then delete the copies that are in the System32\dllcache folder: freecell.exe, sol.exe, spider.exe, winmine.exe, and mshearts.exe

Now Games won't show up in add-remove. Not perfect, but may slow some down.
I can use the same method to re-install them
It should ask for the Windows CD, unless you have a i386 folder on your drive. If the i386 folder exists, they can easily use the command prompt to expand the game files, also.
 

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The games like freecell can't be deleted because they are system files, protected by Windows File Protection.
After you remove them through Add-Remove Programs, if you open the 'sysoc.inf' file in Windows\Inf folder, on the line that starts with Games, add the word HIDE between the 2 commas. ex:Games=ocgen.dll,OcEntry,games.inf,HIDE,7
Then delete the copies that are in the System32\dllcache folder: freecell.exe, sol.exe, spider.exe, winmine.exe, and mshearts.exe

Now Games won't show up in add-remove. Not perfect, but may slow some down.

It should ask for the Windows CD, unless you have a i386 folder on your drive. If the i386 folder exists, they can easily use the command prompt to expand the game files, also.
excuse me but i used "search" for freecell, rt click deleted it then restored it from the recycle bin.
 

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Moper is correct. You can delete the exe, but as soon as you reboot, Windows restores it. I want this gone permanently. I know it is possible; businesses do it all the time to keep employees from goofing off, or rather if they do goof off, it isn't on solitaire.
 

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Once you remove them from add-remove and then manually delete the copies from the dllcache folder, they won't be reinstalled unless you insert the Windows CD OR there is a i386 folder present.

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