How to hide installed programs from Programs and Features in Windows
Suppose our task is to hide an entry for the installed app – 7-Zip archiver. Open the Control Panel and go to the Programs and Features section. Make sure that the 7-zip 18.01 (x64) entry is present in the list of the installed software.
To hide a program from this list, you need to make some changes to the registry. To do it:
- Open the Registry Editor (regedit.exe) and go to the registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall. The list of installed software, which a user sees in Programs and Features, is generated based on the contents of this registry section.
Note. If an app is installed under user permissions, you should go to the key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall. If this is a 32-bit app, and your OS is a 64-bit one, you’ll need open the registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall
- Find the reg key with your app name (in our case, the registry key name and the name of the program in the programs list are the same – 7-Zip).
- Create a new DWORD parameter with the name SystemComponent and the value equal to 1: «SystemComponent»=dword:00000001
- Refresh the window with the list of the installed software (press F5 key). The record 7-Zip should disappear from the list.
The app’s entry also disappears from the list of installed programs in the modern Windows 10 control panel (Settings -> Apps).