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Get rid of Annoying leftovers

by nsns / July 3, 2004 12:49 PM PDT

When I right click any file or folder, I see a bunch of options of what I can do. 2 Things however are leftover from programs I installed and then uninstalled. How can I remove them from this list? They are causing me to have to keep 2 unnecessary folders in the programs folder from really old programs? I'm using XP by the way.

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Re: Get rid of Annoying leftovers
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / July 3, 2004 3:05 PM PDT

nsns,

Exactly which programs are you referring to?

If those programs are still listed in the "Open With" menu or the "Add/Remove Programs" section of the Control Panel, please check the instructions and the links below:

This works in Windows ME/2K/XP.

Click on Start > Run > regedit
Navigate to this path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\
- Find the extension for the filetype which has a cluttered "Open With" menu.
- Now goto the "OpenWithList" folder and delete the entries for software you no longer want to appear...

http://www.annoyances.org/exec/show/article05-128

http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/win95/t1008775093

Then, if there are any remnants in the "Control Panel-Add/Remove Programs" section:
http://www.winguides.com/registry/display.php/110/

Hope this helps.

Grif

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Re: Get rid of Annoying leftovers
by nsns / July 9, 2004 2:56 AM PDT
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Re: Get rid of Annoying leftovers
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / July 9, 2004 5:21 AM PDT

If those programs have actually been uninstalled and they are associated with a specific file type, then you can usually open Windows Explorer, click on "Tools" in the upper left, choose "Folder Options", then click on "File Types", then find the file type in question and alter the file association menu types.

If that doesn't get it done, then you may need a Context Editor, or links below should allow you to accomplish what you want. MAKE SURE TO MAKE A BACKUP OF THE REGISTRY BEFORE MAKING ANY CHANGES.

Virtual Plastic Context Menu Changes
http://www.virtualplastic.net/html/ui_cntxt.html#general

Customizing Right-Click Menu Options in Windows
http://www.jfitz.com/tips/rclick_custom.html

The pertinent section in the link immediately above should be in the section titled:

Question:
"How do I remove unwanted options that appear on right-click menus after installing software?"

Hope this helps.

Grif

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