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Can Someone Suggest A Program For Me To Manage Installs

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by BML, Jan 18, 2003.

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  1. BML

    BML Thread Starter

    Nov 24, 2001
    Can someone suggest a program I can try or buy that will "manage" my installed software. I have an awful lot of "small" applications and I'd like something better than windows add/remove dialog box if there is one better. I need it quick because I'm going to install a new H/D and re-format and re-install and I want to keep track of the stuff.
  2. jmatt


    Apr 7, 2000
    JoneSoft Uninstall Cleaner ( Freeware ) from ,

    Add Remove Pro ( Freeware ) from ,

    RegCleaner or the new version Power Tools ( freeware ) have a uninstaller built in .

    RegCleaner , I set it up this way it this way .
    Options > Registry Cleanup > Method , click Automatic ( this puts a tick alongside )
    Options > Registry Cleanup > OLE Cleaner , click on Extra Powerfull .
    Click on Tools > Registry Cleanup > Do them All .
    This removes & places them in RegCleaner's Backup for removal in a couple of weeks , when you
    are sure they are not required .

    Power Tools , this way .
    Tools > Registry Cleaner , tick the first 3 boxes & click Continue .
    This removes & places them in Power Tools Backup .

    Microsoft uninstallers .

    Smart uninstaller .
    Smart Uninstaller is a program that you can use instead of the standard Windows Add/Remove
    applet. It lists all installed applications, including hidden entries and allows you to either
    uninstall the application or to remove the entry alone. In addition, it shows extended
    information about each entry, including installer information and more (if available) and also
    allows you to edit the information.


    If Install is used in Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel when adding new programs , it will
    add it to the Add/Remove list .


    Manually Uninstalling a Program .


    Even when using Add/Remove or unistallers , you will quite often get the pop up window , saying
    it is a shared file .
    I do not remove .
    After the uninstall I look in Windows Explorer or Start > Find > Files & Folders for folders
    that refer to the removed program . Often the name is different to the Program , so make sure
    you write down all the details referring to the program , such the manufacturer's name etc .
    I then delete & run RegCleaner or jv16 PowerTools .
    RegCleaner or the new version Power Tools ( freeware ) have a uninstaller built in .


    UninstallAbility ensures that you will always be able to uninstall unnecessary or unwanted
    programs from your computer. It can help you when a program you want to uninstall has
    disappeared from the uninstall list, but not from the computer. UninstallAbility can restore it
    from a backup copy so that you can remove it from your computer. Freeware.


    InCtrl5 is the fifth incarnation of one of PC Magazine's most popular utilities. By monitoring
    the changes made to your system when you install new software, it enables you to troubleshoot
    any unexpected problems that come up. Virtually every modern program uses an install utility
    that installs or updates files, and also may record data in the Registry, and update .ini files
    or other essential text files. A companion uninstall utility should precisely reverse the
    effects of the install utility. When a newly installed program causes existing applications to
    fail, or when the supplied uninstall utility can't complete its task, to restore your system you
    need a record of exactly what the original install utility did. InCtrl5 can provide this record.
    This new version offers a variety of new features, including an attractive new interface, the
    ability to track changes to text files such as AUTOEXEC.BAT and CONFIG.SYS, HTML reports, and
    command-line switches. It runs under Win95 or higher, or WinNT 4 or higher. Older versions of
    Windows are supported by previous versions of InCtrl. If you are running Windows NT 4 or Windows
    95, you will need Internet Explorer 4 or higher to preview HTML reports within the program.
    InCtrl5 was written by Neil J. Rubenking, and first appeared in PC Magazine December 5, 2000
    (v19n21). Source code is included.
  3. BML

    BML Thread Starter

    Nov 24, 2001
    Ok, maybe I'm calling it the wrong thing. What I'd like to do is to call up a list of all the software I've installed and have it show me the path, and program info, so I can better "manage" my software collection and easily see at a glance what I dont need. Sometimes I'll install an app as a test or trial and then another one, and maybe forget i had the 1st one, so if I had one big list or database I could see it without looking in the add/remove dialog or exploring in windows explorer.

    does such an application exist?
  4. jmatt


    Apr 7, 2000
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    Apr 7, 2000
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