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programs in add/remove that don't exist on machine

by wilcoxdj / October 25, 2004 3:41 AM PDT

i have a couple of programs that my add/remove in control panel show are still installed. when i use the add/remove function, i am told the uninstallation file can't be found. i erased all aspects of the programs from the registry, and they still show up???

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Re: programs in add/remove that don't exist on machine
by TONI H / October 25, 2004 4:40 AM PDT

If you have Tweakui, you can use it to remove those's free here....I haven't checked the sites lately but there is a version for XP that works as well and can provide a link to it if you find that these sites don't have it.


If you need TweakUi, get it here....then extract the file to a folder and right click the TweakUi.inf file and choose Install. If it asks for the location of the files or requests a cd, use the browse window to get to the folder where the files are located and the install will continue. You must close the HELP window when it appears in order to complete the installation. This is NOT the XP version.


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Re: programs in add/remove that don't exist on machine
by Kees Bakker / October 25, 2004 4:50 AM PDT

If you feel confident with regedit, there's no need to download TweakUI (although it's a nice program to have, use version 1.33 for Windows 98).

Before reading Toni's answer, I had typed mine, like this. It's still valid.

"i erased all aspects of the programs from the registry"
Obviously, you didn't. You intended, wanted and tried to do it, but it didn't work out completely. Continue reading, and admit it :-).

In regedit, go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall, and click on the +. In the left pane you'll see all installed programs. If you click on one, you'll see some keys in the right pane. ONLY if one of those keys is "UninstallString" the name is shown in Add/Remove.
If you're sure it IS removed already, it's safe to delete the key in the left pane. That should be the last remnant of the program.


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some have more names...
by reefurbb / October 29, 2004 12:43 AM PDT

Before this happens again, before you delete files, when you want to edit registry, look at start>programs menu, look inside Program Files for other names for the software. I've had to edit for 3 names at times.

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