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Can't Uninstall Through Add/remove Programs

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#1 fashunphotog


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Posted 14 November 2006 - 11:38 AM

Hey all! I used the MS Access Package Wizard to package up an application I wrote. It installs and uninstalls well on most computers but I have two systems where when you run the Add/Remove feature of Control Panel to uninstall the program you get a missing .msi file error message. Pointing to the actual .msi file doesn't help.

The computer in question is running Windows XP. I went into the windows registry as mentioned elsewhere on this forum and deleted all keys for the software I could find. The program still shows up in the Add/Remove programs list but you no longer have the option to Change/Remove. I've gone through the registry looking for references to the program but have been unable to find any.

Stupidly, I forgot to backup the registry before deleting the keys so I can't restore to before I deleted the keys. Running System Restore indicated that there were no restore points even though monitoring was on. (Not my computer)

I even tried running "installer" from Start/Run as per one of the Microsoft directives but still got the missing .msi message.

This is getting frustrating. What more can I do?

Thank you for your help.

Edited by fashunphotog, 14 November 2006 - 11:42 AM.

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#2 TMacK


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Posted 14 November 2006 - 02:24 PM

Hi fashunphotog and Welcome to Bleeping Computer,
When I can't delete a file,I try these two things;

1. Try deleting it in Safe Mode.
2. Change the name of the file.

Not totally sure that these would work with your problem,but worth a try!
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#3 fashunphotog

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Posted 14 November 2006 - 03:27 PM

Hey, thanks for responding! :thumbsup: Actually, I discovered a Microsoft utility called - ready for this? - Microsoft Installer Cleaner. It's located at support.microsoft.com. Apparently, so many people had this problem that Microsoft finally made a fix for it.

Anyway, I ran it two hours ago and it did the trick! :flowers:

Thanks for getting back to me.


#4 fozzie


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Posted 14 November 2006 - 03:29 PM

Could you please provide the link, since other members would be delighted to have this

Edited by fozzie, 14 November 2006 - 03:30 PM.

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Posted 14 November 2006 - 03:49 PM

Description of the Windows Installer CleanUp Utility


The following file is available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:
Download the Windows Installer Cleanup Utility package now.


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