Add or Remove Programs Filter in Server 2003 SP1

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    What does the filter for Add or Remove Programs do?
    Thefilter for Add or Remove Programs provides a means for the user to select whether or not updates, such as security
    updates downloaded from the Microsoft Web site,are displayed under the Currently installed programs list.
    Who does this feature apply to?
    Add or Remove Programs can be used by any user with Administrator credentials on thelocal computer. Although some
    applications can beinstalled or removed by non-administrators, most do requireadministrativecredentials.
    What existing functionality is changing in Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1?
    Filtering out updates from the Change or Remove Programs list
    Detailed description
    The Change or Remove Programs list in Add or Remove Programs displays installed programs that the user can change or
    remove.This listalso shows updates to Windows or other programs that have been installed.
    In Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1, the user is ableto choose whether to show or hide updates for Windows and other
    programs in this view. A new Show updates check boxappears abovethelist, which enables the user to toggle between
    showing or hiding installed updates.
    Why is this change important?
    Softwarevendors arecreating moresoftware updates and releasing them morefrequently than ever before.Thesefrequent
    updates help to increasethereliability and security of user’s systems. However, by showing every updatein the Change or
    Remove Programs list in Add or Remove Programs, thelist of installed programs is overwhelmed by thelist of installed
    updates. A new option to filter out the updates from thelistand only show installed programs makes this listeasier for users
    to read.
    What works differently?
    By default, Change or Remove Programs will not show installed updates to Windows.To seethe updates that have been
    installed,you can select the Show Updates check boxat thetop of thelist.
    Any program can takeadvantage of this feature by marking their updates so that they are hidden when appropriate.Windows
    programs that were written beforetherelease of Windows XP Service Pack 2 will beshown regardless of thefilter option
    selection.Windows XP Service Pack 2 and Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 will also always beshown in thelist
    How do I resolve these issues?
    To turn off thefilter feature on a singlecomputer, usethefollowing procedure.
    To turn off filter for Add or Remove Programs
    1. Open the Registry Editor by clicking Start, then clicking Run, typing regedit,and pressing Enter.
    2. Navigateto thefollowing registry key: \\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies
    3. Select the DontGroupPatches key.
    4. By default, the DWORD valueis equal to 0. Changethe DWORD valueto 1 to disablethefilter feature.
    Incorrectly editing theregistry may severely damageyour system. Before making changes to theregistry,you should back
    up any valued data on thecomputer.
    In an enterpriseenvironment,you can createa Group Policy object to modify theregistry setting that controls thefilter feature
    to make Add or Remove Programs work as it did previously.
    What settings are added or changed in Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1?
    Filter for Add or Removed Programs Settings
    Setting Name Location Previous Default Value Default Value Possible Values
    DontGroupPatches HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\
    Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\
    Do I need to change my code to work with Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1?
    Programs do not need to changein order to continueto work with thefilter for Add or Remove Programs. If a program is
    not changed to usethe new feature, it will continue working as it did previously.
    A program can takeadvantage of the new filtering option by marking its updates so that they are not shown by default. Details
    on how to mark programs as updates areavailable on MSDN in “Working with Add or Remove Programs in the Control Panel
    Application” which is located on the Microsoft Web siteat

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