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Not all programs listed in add/remove of control panel

by bbtrucky / October 2, 2007 12:50 PM PDT

I am running windows 2000 professional. This is a home rebuild a few times so I don't have a brand and model number, but this is just a standard tower style PC.

Recently when I have gone into my control panel to remove software, the list in add/remove software only contains a small portion of the programs on my computer. It is as if the remainder are hidden?

The last software I loaded was fix it utilities 7. I don't think I had added or removed any other software over the last six monthes.

Thanks for any suggestions,

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by PKsteven / October 2, 2007 1:06 PM PDT

I would ask to what service pack you are installed up to.


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Service Pack
by bbtrucky / October 3, 2007 1:58 PM PDT
In reply to: First

Service Pack 4

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Not all programs listed in add/remove of control panel
by mudzie / October 2, 2007 1:13 PM PDT

You can try running Windows Installer CleanUp Utility. It will give a list as well of the programs running on your computer and you have an option also or removing them from your computer.
Check this link:
Hope this helps.

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2 suggestions:
by BrianZachary / October 2, 2007 2:41 PM PDT

First, avoid using the Add/Remove utility.
When you use Add/Remove to uninstall a program, they often leave files and/or folders from that program in your Program Files directory. Instead, go directly into your Program Files folder and find the program you want to uninstall and use its own uninstaller. Then if there is anything remaining from that program you can just delete or shred those files or folders manually. Even doing it that way still doesn't get rid of what's left in your registry and that's where my other suggestion comes in.

Second, get an uninstaller program.
There are probably a few to choose from, but the one I use is called Revo Uninstaller. When you uninstall a program with Revo, it has the option to scan your computer after you uninstall the program. This will find any remaining files left on your computer, even in the registry, and shows a list of all files that remain. Check them all and delete all of the files at the same time. Now nothing of that program is left on your computer. I'm not going to go over all of the other nice features of Revo Uninstaller, but it's a good program to check out.

I hope these suggestions help you.

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Bret, the Add Remove panel is Optional.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 3, 2007 1:00 AM PDT

Windows (any version) has never required or enforced that all software register there. The reason why is interesting in itself and is about Microsoft trying to get the Windows OS accepted by authors and more over the past near 20 years.

Ok, I think you should always look to add-remove first but when it fails you turn to what we'll call "MANUALLY REMOVING A PROGRAM."

There are tomes written about that so I'll stop here.


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