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Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by gutterbird, Nov 11, 2007.

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  1. gutterbird

    gutterbird Thread Starter

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    Running Windows XP on a Dell Dimension 4600. I am wanting to uninstall several programs I no longer use. However, when I go to the "Add & Remove Programs" most of my programs are no longer displayed and the ones that are, do not have a remove option. Any thoughts on where they went or how I could refresh the list to show these programs?
     
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  3. gutterbird

    gutterbird Thread Starter

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    Well, that didn't work. I downloaded the uninstaller program but when it pulled up a list of all my programs, only a few showed up! What happened to the rest? Any thoughts?
     
  4. gamerbyron

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    How about you can try system restore?
     
  5. rka0

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    Hi gutterbird. If you know the names of the programs have you tried a general search ie go to start and then the search facility.
    Bob that is a definite link for the notepad utilities file.
     
  6. Hughv

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    What's the chance you uninstalled these programs already and just forgot?
    Look for their folders in C:/Program Files and just delete the folder
     
  7. DoubleHelix

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    Programs that have been installed appear in Add/Remove Programs pretty consistently. The fact that you're missing several indicates other problems with the system. Have you used any wonderful "cleaning" applications lately? These are famous for deleting information that people actually need like the data necessary to uninstall programs.

    If the programs are actually still installed but not showing up in Add/Remove Programs, deleting the Program Files folder is asking for trouble. You might want to just leave the system as is.
     
  8. gutterbird

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    Thanks for all the input guys. My system is roughly 6 years old and used alot. Several things are starting to go. I suppose I could pull up the individual program folder and see if there is an "uninstall" option within the folder itself. Otherwise I will just have to let sleeping dogs lay. As far as a system restore, every time I try that I get an error message. My system restore has not worked for about a year. May be time to ask Santa for a new system.
     
  9. DoubleHelix

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    You don't need a new computer. Just reinstall the one you have. It would seem like new, and things would actually work again.
     
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