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I have 2 add and remove icons in my control panel. How can I delete one of them with out effecting any of programs.

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delete one leave it in recycle bin, try the icon whats left/repeat the procedure if no good ie go to recycle bin and click restore
 
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Right-click each icon and see if one is a shortcut. If so, you can safely delete it. The normal icon in the control panel is NOT a shortcut. Right-click on a normal control panel icon will give you the options to "Open" or "Create a Shortcut".

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Tried deleting one but no joy, tried right-clicking to find that neither of them are shortcuts. any more ideas.

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Try highlighting it and tapping the Delete key on your keyboard.
 

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TheShooter93 -Tried deleting nothing happens

raybro - yes both of them do open the program window.

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Might I suggest you just leave it as is. They both work and you are unable to delete either. Microsoft builds quirky OS's and always has. The only concern I would have is the condition may possibly be a symptom of something more serious. Have you ran virus and spyware scans?

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After retrying them again neither of that populate properly it says that it is waiting for it to populate but it never does that happens for the both of them too
 

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Do a search for Appwiz.cpl (which is the file name for the "Add Or Remove Programs" applet), then see how many entries it brings up.

The .cpl files for Windows XP are kept in the C:WINDOWS\System32\ folder.

Here is a good article about the Control Panel applets.

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You probably have two copies of Appwiz.cpl (e.g. Appwiz and Appwiz(2)...) in your System32 folder. If it's the case, delete (2) and reboot the computer.
 

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Thanks GUYS. now I am back to one ADD & REMOVE ICON..

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I had a look in the system 32 folder to find that there was 2 Appwiz.cpl (1 & 2 ) so I deleted No2 leaving only one ADD & REMOVE icon. .... But the programs are still not populating (add& remove program list) How if any could I rectify this.

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