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Published on 05.18.09 by Brent Trahan

Hide Set Program Access and Computer Defaults

Learn how to hide Set Program Access and Computer Defaults in Windows 7.

This setting removes the Set Program Access and Defaults page from the Programs Control Panel. As a result, users cannot view or change the associated page.

The Set Program Access and Computer Defaults page allows administrators to specify default programs for certain activities, such as Web browsing or sending e-mail, as well as specify the programs that are accessible from the Start menu, desktop, and other locations.

If this setting is disabled or not configured, the Set Program Access and Defaults button is available to all users.

This setting does not prevent users from using other tools and methods to change program access or defaults.

This setting does not prevent the Default Programs icon from appearing on the Start menu.

Hide Set Program Access and Computer Defaults

  1. Type gpedit.msc in the Start menu’s search box and then press Enter.

    Note: This guide shows you how to make changes to Windows 7 using Group Policy. Group Policy is not available in Home versions of Windows 7.

  2. Navigate to User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Control Panel, and then select Programs in the left column of the Group Policy editor.

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  3. Double-click Hide “Set Programs Access and Computer Defaults” page in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.

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