Removing programs in control panel

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April 13, 2009 at 01:45:24
Specs: Windows Vista Ult x64, E6600
Hi,

There are a few programs listed in my control panel/add remove software which are no longer actually on my PC.

Is there any way I can remove the item from control panel manually (trying to uninstall it doesn't work seen as it's already gone)..?

Thanks, Ed.


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#1
April 13, 2009 at 03:46:58
You can use Windows Installer Cleanup utility from MS that removes traces of such leftovers from your PC.

You can get the utility from:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/290301

Regards

SuatCINI


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#2
April 13, 2009 at 04:01:51
Thanks for the quick reply.

I tried out that tool you posted a link to however it only lists one of the four items I need to remove..Is there another way to get rid of the other three?


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#3
April 13, 2009 at 05:32:08
O.K. You can clear any entry in Programs and Features menu by going to the following Registry Key and expanding it:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall

To start Registry Editor, go to C:\Windows folder ( I assume Windows is installed on C:) and click ( or double-click on Regedit.exe)

Check each key under Uninstall in the left pane by clicking on it and delete any key that you do not want to appear in Programs and Features, Add/Remove Control Panel Applet.

Be carefull not to delete an entry whose program you may want to remove later. I strongly suggest you create a restore point before making any changes in the Registry.

Regards

SuatCINI


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#4
April 13, 2009 at 05:39:04
Hmm, they're not listed in regedit either.

I'm using Vista Ultimate x64 and have some of the programs installed in the "Program Files" directory, and other in the "Program Files (x86)" directory. Will regedit only pick up programs from one of these directories rather than both which would explain why these other three programs are not coming up?


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#5
April 13, 2009 at 09:55:01
Google for a program called "Add Remove Pro". It's a free tool that lets you remove valid programs as well as any entries that are still hanging around after the program was removed such as the ones you have.

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#6
April 13, 2009 at 10:02:33
Excellent, that worked!

Thanks guys :)


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#7
April 13, 2009 at 10:50:43
Glad you got it fixed!

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