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control panel add/remove problem

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by crazymish, Dec 29, 2001.

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  1. crazymish

    crazymish Thread Starter

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    Hi I have a windows 2000 proff OS....now I had installed something and instead of uninstalling I had deleted the stuff...but in the add/remove programs in the control panel the dll file of the same program has remained behind....how do I get rid of it....I cannot install the same thing again cause I do not have it...is there any other alternative....please let me know.....
     
  2. steve091266

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    Do you have Norton Systemworks? I did this once......

    Using the "Cleansweep" part of Norton, you can track/deleted unused/duplicate dll files
     
  3. TheWendyGuy

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    Unless I am mistaken, and Dan O. correct me if I am, you can track down the lines in the registry and just delete them.
     
  4. crazymish

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    how do I go about with the cleansweep in norton....where do I look for it....as far as the registry is concerned I do not have much idea....how do I go about that......
     
  5. TonyKlein

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    You really ought to reinstall Clean Sweep.
    Then, after shutting the program down, uninstall it the right way in Control Panel/Software Add-Remove.

    The entry in the add-remove screen is just the tip of a rather large iceberg, and removing that doesn't solve much.

    Good luck,
     
  6. crazymish

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    I do not have norton systemworks....where do I get that.....please let me know.....
     
  7. TonyKlein

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    Hi Crazymish,

    I didn't read your question well enough.
    You don't need Clean Sweep, for It won't solve your problem.

    I just thought CS was the program you removed manually, and of course it wasn't.

    The easiest solution is much the same though:

    Reinstall the program you removed incorrectly, reboot, now make sure you first shut it down, and then finally uninstall it the right way in Control Panel/Add-remove software.

    It'll solve your problem.

    Good luck,
     
  8. crazymish

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    well as I said initially that I do not have that program with me anymore tony.....so I cannot reinstall it...any more suggestions....???thanx
     
  9. TonyKlein

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    I understand.
    But what was the program may I ask?
    You can download almost anything, you know.

    That would be the best way to get rid of remaining bits and pieces of this program, including your error.

    Anyway, you were mentioning a dll file .

    Could you tell us what exactly the error is, and the name of the dll?
     
  10. TonyKlein

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    Anyway, if you're just worried about the mention of the program remaing behind in the Add-Remove window, that's easy enough to get rid of:

    Go to Start/Run, and type Regedit.
    Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/microsoft/windows/CurrentVersion/uninstall, find the this program's 'folder', or Registry (sub)key, which in fact it is, highlight it, and hit delete.

    Third party programs like TweakUI and RegCleaner also allow you to do that, if you don't feel like editing the registry manually.

    But that way you're just removing the tip of a rather large ice berg, you know...

    Good luck,
     
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  12. crazymish

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    yes I followed ur instructions and used regedit to get the thing removed....but what do u mean that it is the tip of the iceberg :))
     
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