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#1 Sneakycyber

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Posted 10 September 2007 - 12:56 PM

I am having a problem Uninstalling an unregistered Version of Adobe CS2. I went through the manual uninstalling process following This Tutorial. And the programs are still there along with Many others that I can not change or uninstall. There are only 3 programs listed in the Uninstall folder in the registry but there are 23 more in the Add/remove menu.

Edit: I had to do a Manual uninstall because I couldn't uninstall through windows or Adobe

Edited by Sneakycyber, 10 September 2007 - 01:04 PM.

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Posted 10 September 2007 - 08:27 PM

Can you reinstall it and then try to uninstall it again? Did you check to see if there was an unistaller in the Start - All Programs - CS2 area? Also browse to the folder that contains CS2 files. Sometimes they place uninstallers there.

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Posted 11 September 2007 - 04:59 AM

I will try to install then uninstall. I looked for uninstall shells and couldn't find any the first time. I deleted all of the adobe files then re-installed adobe reader 8. I will try with CS2
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Posted 11 September 2007 - 02:36 PM

Something from Adobe CS2 is still hiding somewhere It won't install over the previous installation and I Can't find it to delete it.

Edit: I uninstalled everything I could only 2 recent installs adobe reader 7 and 8 uninstalled through windows. I file/folder searched for adobe and Deleted every thing I could find. I selected to view all hidden files and folders and unselected hide known extensions. I check the uninstall registry and it only has 2 programs listed. There are over 20 in my add/remove programs window including Adobe. Trying to reinstall and uninstall Adobe still finds something somewhere and won't install

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Posted 12 September 2007 - 09:39 AM

Try MyUninstaller

It shows things that the normal add/remove window doesn't. I have used that a few times. Past that, the only way I know to do it is to wade through the registry. Just be sure to do a back-up when tinkering there.

I hope this helps - sorry about the response time back to you.

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Posted 12 September 2007 - 10:51 AM

You can also download and install the Windows Installer CleanUp Utility:
  • Double-click on msicuu2.exe and click "Next".
  • Accept the license agreement, click "Next", then click "Next" again.
  • Click "Finish" when done.
  • Go to Start > Programs and click on Windows Install CleanUp to launch the program.
  • In the list of Install Products, check to see if the missing program is present.

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Posted 12 September 2007 - 03:33 PM

Thanks for the Tips. The my installer only showed what was able to be uninstalled through windows. The windows installer clean up worked great at removing Adobe from my uninstall window. I still have alot of programs in the uninstall menu that are installed that I can't remove but I have no need to remove them anyways. Something must have gotten changed in my system files somewhere to corrupt my uninstall menu. I do however have the tools to manually remove anything I wish now. Thanks for the help :thumbsup:


Edit: I ran the install utility for CS2 and Adobe found no previous installations. Looks like its all cleaned up.

Edited by Sneakycyber, 12 September 2007 - 03:38 PM.

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Posted 12 September 2007 - 04:30 PM

Sometimes persistence pays off. :thumbsup:
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