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    Remove Invalid Listings from Add/Remove Programs
    PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2005 8:38 am Reply with quote
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    Microsoft Windows Control Panel Add/Remove Programs

    How to Remove Invalid Listings from Add/Remove Programs

    There are a number of reasons why an application may remain in the Add/Remove Programs list long after the application is gone from your computer. One of the most common reasons is using the uninstaller from the listing on the All Programs section of Start Menu, but whatever the reason it remains there are ways to remove the invalid listing.

    Method I: This method avoids editing the registry and should be tried first.

    The easiest way is to open Add/Remove Programs and select the listing for the program you know has already been deleted. Select the application and click the Remove button. Since there is no application to 'remove', the process will time out and you'll be presented with an option to remove the entry.

    Method II: This method involves editing the registry. Make sure to have a verified registry backup before editing the registry. Help with backing up the registry is available here.

    Select Start > Run

    In the Open: line type regedit and press Enter.

    Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE

    The Add/Remove Programs list is built from the keys listed beneath the Uninstall folder.

    Locate the key for the program that has been uninstalled, right click the key and click Delete.

    Clicking the keys in the left pane and looking at the information provided in the right pane can help in identifying the associated programs. Err on the side of caution in this operation. Once the key has been deleted it's impossible to use Add/Remove Programs to uninstall if you make an incorrect selection.
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