Unhide The Hidden Components

In another display of protecting you from yourself, Microsoft decided to hide some of the components in the Add/Remove programs wizard so that you have to take extra steps to be able to remove them. Here's the trick to seeing them all. Open a file called 'sysoc.inf' with Notepad. This file is in the 'winnt\inf' folder. Everywhere you see a line with the word 'HIDE' in it, that component will not show up in the 'Components Wizard'. To make them show up, simply remove the word 'HIDE' from the line, leaving the comma before and the comma after the word in place. Save the file, and now when you open the Components Wizard in Add/Remove Programs from the Control Panel, you should see all of the components that you are used to seeing.