Windows XP hides many system softwares from the user. Take for example Windows Messenger
, you don't see this under Add/Remove Programs
, even if it is installed in your system. Reason, nothing special - they want it to be installed.
However, you can edit a file called sysoc.inf and modify it to make the program appear in the Add/Remove Programs list. The file is located under your System Folder (Normally Windows)\inf\sysoc.inf. Then all yo have to do is remove the string "Hide", corresponding to the software you would like to have removed.
For example, if you want MS WordPad to be shown in the Add/Remove Window, then locate the below line in the fileMSWordPad=ocgen.dll,OcEntry,wordpad.inf,HIDE,7
and modify it toMSWordPad=ocgen.dll,OcEntry,wordpad.inf,7
Now go to Control Panel -> Add/Remove Programs -> Add Remove Windows Components -> Accessories and Utilities -> Accessories
, and you will find that you now have an option to remove MS WordPad.