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As you can see, the Ad Aware entry can be removed. The Ageia entry and all the rest of of the programs don't have the "change/remove" buttons, except Driver Sweeper and Zone Alarm Security Suite. Ghost Recon which initially installed Ageia is one of the missing program listings.
The only 3 changes I made to my system was upgrading my video card from an MSI nVidia 6600 to an eVga nVidia 7800 GS. Drivers were completely uninstalled from the add/remove programs along with the old card. The new driver installation was successful. Programs and games were tested and performed very well. Installed COD4 without any problems. The other was upgrading Zone Alarm from version 6.5.737 to 7.0.337 (Retail version from CD). This presented a problem causing Outlook Express to become non-functional. I followed the detailed instructions from the ZEA users forum and successfully removed and upgraded the software to the new version 7.0.462. Both programs now function properly
About a month later, I decided to remove the Ageia drivers. I was happy with the new video card and wouldn't need the expensive Ageia card. This is when I noticed I couldn't remove the Ageia drivers. The change/remove buttons were gone. During this time, the computer did not have any crashes. Not even an improper shutdown. There weren't any virus or spy ware attacks. I don't have any clues as to what caused this problem. I did notice the NVidia entry is missing and the Zone Alarm entry is functional. Then I downloaded Driver Sweeper and removed the Ageia drivers. (DS did not remove the shortcuts or the entry shown above.)
The portion of the registry under HKLM\Software\MS\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall has only three entries: (Ad Aware, Driver Sweeper and ZA Security Suite). Also the system is not keeping track of their usage properly.
I figured to repair the problem, I would restore the registry to a previous state prior to the upgrades. But what I found was the last restore point goes back to 03/06/07. That would not correct the problem of the missing programs. I immediately created a new restore point. Then I decided to use my backup programs from November, but all of the backups are gone. So now, I am stuck.
What would be the best way to correct this problem?
Is there a way I can repair this portion of the registry, manually, without having to take more drastic measures?
Any help or advice will be greatly appreciated.
Regards & Thanks, OleGreyGhost
Edited by OleGreyGhost, 10 February 2008 - 02:57 AM.