How to Manually Remove Programs from the Add Remove Programs ListBy Lawrence Abrams on July 12, 2004 | Last Updated: November 25, 2013 | Read 105,344 times.
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Let's admit it, we have all at one time or another mistakenly deleted a directory or uninstalled a program incorrectly and are now left with entries in the Add/Remove Programs list for programs that no longer exist on our hard drives. When you click on these entries to remove them, Windows complains with an error or nothing happens. For some of the neat freaks out there, this can cause a problem as we now have useless entries cluttering up our Add/Remove Programs list and no way to remove them!
That's not true, though. There are ways to remove these entries from our computer so that our Add/Remove Programs list looks clean and spotless. In this tutorial we will cover a method on removing entries for programs that no longer exist on your computer. This method does require editing the registry, which if done improperly, can cause problems with your computer. If this is something that you do not feel comfortable doing, then please do not continue with the steps listed here. You are always welcome to ask us in the computer help forums. for any help with this. A list of entries that can be found in your Add or Remove Programs list can be found in our searchable Uninstall Database.
Please note that this method should only be used if you can not uninstall the program normally through the Add/Remove Programs window. You should always attempt to delete the program through a supplied uninstall application or by using the Add/Remove Programs.
If you still can not uninstall the program, you may manually remove entries from your Add/Remove programs list by following these steps:
Now that you know how to keep your Add/Remove programs list clean and tidy, there is no excuse for it not being so :)
As always if you have any questions about this process, feel free to let us know in the computer help forums.
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