How to Restore Uninstall Confirmation Prompt Box in Windows Vista and Later?

When you try to uninstall a software using Control Panel -> Programs and Features in Windows Vista and later, Windows shows you a dialog box to confirm your choice as shown in following screenshot:


The dialog box also contains a checkbox which allows you to save your choice for future and if you select the checkbox and click on Yes or No button, Windows will remember your choice and will never show the uninstall confirmation prompt box.

Once you do this, you'll have no way left to restore the confirmation box.

Today in this tutorial, we'll tell you a simple way to restore the message box if you accidentally selected the checkbox "In the future, do not show me this dialog box" while clicking on yes or No button.

So without wasting time, lets start the tutorial:

1. Type regedit in RUN or Start menu Search box and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor.

2. Now go to following key:


3. In right-side pane, look for following String value:


It would be set to NO. Either delete it or change its value to YES.


4. That's it. Now you'll get the uninstall confirmation prompt box back.

PS: If you want a ready-made registry script to do the task automatically, download following ZIP file, extract it and run the extracted REG file. It'll ask for confirmation, accept it:

Download Registry Script

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Posted in: Troubleshooting, Windows 7, Windows Vista

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  • I love you, man. If I'm dumb enough to have turned off this important security feature by mistake, can you imagine how much damage could I inflict upon myself without it?

    Thanks a bunch.

  • I have windows 7 Ultimate service pack 1. There is no HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\DontShowMeThisDialogAgain
    I checked both the machine and user HKEY so there is no string value to change to yes 1 or no 0 for DontShowMeThisDialogAgain since that string doesn't exist under Explorer. I have search for any string resembling show me dialog box etc., but I can find nothing that works. I guess this only applies to vista.
    Do you know where to go to change the value in Windows 7 Ultimate, or do I need to add the string?
    I have searched all over that location in the registry, and I can't find anything that brings back the confirmation box. I have a sensitive touchpad that causes me to remove things I don't want removed.
    Also, you might want to change the yes / no value to 1 / 0. Values usually use 0,1-4 values for yes / no. 0 means no and 1 means yes...and 2,3, 4 are different options for the yes value. Unless it is different on Vista. PLEASE HELP WITH GETTING BACK THE CONFIRMATION BOX FOR REMOVING PROGRAMS IN WINDOWS 7 ULTIMATE SP1.

  • VG

    ^^ No. The same method also applies to Windows 7. As you can see the screenshot was taken from Windows 7. If you cant find the key, try to create it manually.

  • Thank you find and it works

  • works in win7, thank you!

  • U rock was awesome searched a lot and got this...already did so much damage because of this setting..thanks a ton

  • I had done all the step as you mentioned but not able to get confirmation prompt again

  • Thanks heaps!

    How did you work this out in the first place?

  • Thanks a lot. It worked.

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