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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by wish i had a mac, Feb 3, 2007.

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  1. wish i had a mac

    wish i had a mac Thread Starter

    Feb 3, 2007
    When I use the Add/Remove Programs thingie in control panel, there are several programs it won't delete from the list when I tell it to. I assume these are mostly programs I tried to get rid of but didn't properly uninstall, so fragments of them are left that the computer can't locate or some such thing. Some of them I thought should be gone completely, but they still appear.
    Any tricks for removing the programs completely so I can save precious hard disk space?
  2. Frank4d

    Frank4d Retired Trusted Advisor

    Sep 10, 2006
    If you have manually deleted programs by methods other than Add/Remove Programs, the entries will still be there. You'll need to edit the registry to remove the entries that show in Add/Remove. I don't recommend editing the registry unless you feel competent to do so.

    You'll need to start regedit and navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall. Within that key are the Add/Remove entries. Some names are obvious (ATI Display Driver) and some are not ({D84E40A2-380A-46E9-A750-6F55D398D973}). Deleting the appropriate keys will remove their entry in Add/Remove Programs. Note: This only removes the entries in Add/Remove Programs, it does not uninstall any programs.... you'll need to manually remove the files and folders that were left behind by improperly installing parts of them.
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