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Program removal process

by VoNs2010 / July 14, 2010 11:00 AM PDT

another question about uninstalling a game.
On a Vista machine
If its a cheap game installed via a CD, is the best way to remove it by using the remove from the add/remove from program control?

Or do you need to go into the game folder itself and use the uninstall.exe item?

Does using the remove function from the control panel add/remove screen just access that particular programs "uninstall" function? In other words is the "remove" function just a shortcut to the program folders uninstall.exe?

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Just use the Control Panel...
by John.Wilkinson / July 15, 2010 8:08 AM PDT

During installation, the program's installer creates a registry key that tells Windows the exact path to the correct uninstaller, which is what's launched when you uninstall a program through the Control Panel. You only need to be concerned with the actual uninstaller file should the registry key not be created properly or be prematurely deleted, a common side-effect of using registry cleaners.


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by VoNs2010 / July 15, 2010 9:33 AM PDT

so generally, then using the add/uninstall part of Vista Program control is sufficient when removing a program, eh?

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by Cursorcowboy / July 15, 2010 11:01 PM PDT
In reply to: thanks

1. The article [Q310587] states that when you view the list of installed programs in the Add/Remove Programs tool, you may see one or more programs listed that have already been removed from your computer. Alternatively, when you remove a program using the Add/Remove Programs tool in Control Panel, you may receive the following error message which can occur if you have already manually deleted a program that is listed in the Install/Uninstall list. This article describes two methods for correcting the problem:

An error occurred while trying to remove Program_name. Uninstallation has been canceled

2. The Control Panel applet dialogue in Add/Remove Programs simply lists programs installed which were designed with a Windows-compatible uninstall feature built-in. Some programs add a reference to their uninstaller in the Add/Remove Programs list (this is part of the requirement for a 32-bit aware program to have the official Microsoft "Windows Logo" on their packaging), some simply provide a shortcut in the Start Menu without doing this and particulararly those which does not have the logo but some do both. If an Uninstall feature is not listed in the Add/Remove Programs section then check for any Readme type files in the program's folder which may explain their process. The important questions IMO,:

a. Even when an Uninstall feature is added in the Add/Remove Programs listing and an icon also exist somewhere else for the same thing which an installation wizard for that program added, did the author of that program ensure that when a user uses either, his uninstall wizard will clean not only the system but also that listing from the Add/Remove Programs list or could Windows perhaps circumvent it regardless of whether he did or not.

b. If you want to know, I delete every uninstall icon I find added for a program once I've determined it has/was added in the listing in the Add/Remove Programs applet dialogue in the Control Panel.

3. We know however that uninstalling isn't a clean removal:

a. When a program is uninstall under Windows the uninstaller wizard (written by the author of the program) removes all the program files and registry entries associated with the application usually. It may also remove shared DLL's but only if the application being removed is the last application registered for that DLL. Normally uninstall wizards do NOT remove:

? program-specific configuration files (usually an x.INI) could be located anywhere so use the find function to locate them

? data files

? custom files (eg: custom dictionaries)

b. Because of items such as those above, you may find many folders outstanding in the "My Computer" or "Explorer" tree where a parent folder existed. The reason for this is generally to allow people to reinstall an application having retained their previously existing customization(s) - rather than have to spend hours and hours getting things back in an acceptable way.

4. Bottom Line: We are, in many instances, caught between the preverbal hard place and a rock sometimes. Either because an applicable became corrupt or caused corruption in itself or for some strange reason, a corruption somewhere in the computer system causes the uninstall feature to cease functioning. In such cases, reinstall the applicable application to see if the process then works.

5. Supplemental reading:

a. "Links to Programs You Uninstalled from Windows XP Still Appear in Windows 98 Second Edition Start Menu (Q286730)."

b. "How to Add a Control Panel Tool to a Category (Q292463)."

c. "Removing Invalid Entries in the Add/Remove Programs Tool (Q310750)."

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so bottom line?
by VoNs2010 / July 16, 2010 8:01 AM PDT

do we just use the add/uninstall feature of Vista and hope for the best?

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(NT) Yes
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / July 16, 2010 12:47 PM PDT
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Thanks all
by VoNs2010 / July 17, 2010 7:16 AM PDT
In reply to: Yes

How do I close this out to show my question's resolved?

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No Closing a Thread Here...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / July 17, 2010 12:50 PM PDT
In reply to: Thanks all

Simply leave the thread alone and it will move down in the hierarchy of threads and slowly drift away.

Hope this helps.


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