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How to Enforce a Program on Windows and Prevent Uninstall

Prevent a program, such as an application that blocks content, from being uninstalled and deleted by a user on Windows PCs.

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Updated June 22, 2024

One common question we get from Tech Lockdown members is "how do I prevent uninstall of a program on a Windows PC?" Restricting the add/remove programs feature for Windows and removing the option to right click an uninstall a program, can help you keep content your Windows computer connected to your Content Policy.

You can use the Windows Command Prompt application to prevent applications from being uninstalled on your Windows device. To do this, open Command Prompt as Administrator on your computer, then copy/paste the following command:

REG ADD "HKCU\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer" /v NoUninstallFromStart /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

This will remove the option to uninstall any application or program from your windows computer. This includes within the Start menu:

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