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How to remove a service under Windows Server 2008 / Windows 7

If you need to remove an unwanted service from your server / PC but there is no uninstall program, how do you do it?

Easy! Perform the following:

  1. Go to Administrative Tools and click on Services
  2. Find the Service you need to uninstall, right mouse click and choose Stop
  3. Close the Services box
  4. Open an admin command prompt
  5. Type in: sc delete <servicename> eg sc delete acmeservice

The idea is to run this command in the directory that the executable for the service resides else the program will not know where to find the service to remove.

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2012 in Server 2008, Windows 7

 

Remove the “Libraries” and the “Control Panel” icons from the desktop in Multipoint Server 2011

After configuring all the programs and settings that I required for users to connect to our new MultiPoint server, I noticed a couple of annoying icons on the desktop that the users should not be able to see. They are “Libraries” and “Control Panel”.

Locked down users should not have access to anything on the local PC, including playing with Control Panel settings. So how do you remove these tempting icons? Easy.

Open regedit

Navigate to the following registry keys:

Remove the Libraries icon from the desktop

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace\{031E4825-7B94-4dc3-B131-E946B44C8DD5}]

Remove Control Panel icon from the desktop
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace\{26EE0668-A00A-44D7-9371-BEB064C98683}]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace\{5399E694-6CE5-4D6C-8FCE-1D8870FDCBA0}]

Then just hit the big delete key on each of these keys. And hey-presto! The icons have gone!

Warning: be very careful the registry. If you delete something that you shouldn’t, you may be left with a system that does not boot or is very unstable.

 
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Posted by on June 22, 2012 in MultiPoint Server, Registry, Windows 7