Spare HDD failedfile path gonehow to delete programs

Dell / T5500
September 26, 2017 at 20:55:58
Specs: Windows 10 Pro, Intel Xeon E5620 @ 2.40GHz/12G RAM
Hope you can help me with this......

My spare HDD failed. I had a few programs installed on the spare HDD. I tried to re-install the programs on my SSD but the computer won't let me, I get this message: Uninstall Error

When I attempt to use CCleaner or Setting>Apps>Uninstall in W10 this message pops up: ERROR 2 - System can not find the file specified.

Since the HDD is no longer mounted (it's dead) there is no file path, I have nothing to manually delete, that I know of. There is no program file on the OS SSD drive.

What can I do to either uninstall these missing programs or how can I overcome the Uninstall Error in order to do a new install?


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September 27, 2017 at 03:33:53
Since you installed those programs on the now defunct HDD, there is actually nothing to uninstall as such, and neither will there be any folders for those programs on the SSD because they weren't installed on the SSD in the first place (those folders are on the defunct HDD).

Forget about trying to uninstall those programs - - it's not possible to do that because the uninstaller for each of them is on the failed HDD.

Just delete the now redundant shortcuts for those programs, then install those programs either on the SSD or on a new HDD (new HDD is preferable because the SSD will quickly fill up if you start installing a lot of programs on it).

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September 27, 2017 at 04:23:35
You are taking a chance re-using an HDD that has already failed once.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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September 27, 2017 at 18:57:11
Actually there is stuff to uninstall such as registry entries that are pointing to the location of the program.

Try using Revo Uninstaller to remove all traces of registry entries, dll's shortcuts, etc. Then re-install the program on your C drive.

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September 27, 2017 at 20:18:19
Reply #3 should do it. If there is any problem reinstalling it after that then run CCleaner Registry cleaner which should identify the errant registry entries that were abandoned and remove them.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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