Uninstall hidden Windows components

Uninstall hidden Windows components such as Fax, Image View or Windows Messenger by making a quick change to a .inf file.

To uninstall some hidden Windows components -- such as Fax or Image View, or Windows Messenger on Windows XP -- you can open file %SYSTEMROOT%infsysoc.inf and remove all words "hide" and use "Add/Remove Programs" to uninstall them.


This was first published in November 2001

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