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Old Oct 14, 2002, 06:46 AM
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In Win98, I am trying to remove many old programs from the Add/Remove Programs tab, but then it says that it either cannot find the uninstall file, or that some other file is missing and that uninstall cannot continue.
My question is:
How can I remove them from the list in "Add/Remove programs?"

I can get by with deleting the directories, but I need to clear the list out of stuff I can't uninstall from "Add/Remove Programs" anyway. Please help! Thanks!


P.S. Also, how do I prevent new windows from opening up in [b]new[/b] windows? (I want them to open in the same window, but I can't find the option in "folder options.")
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Old Oct 14, 2002, 06:56 AM
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The only way i know of getting rid of the dead entries is by deleting some stuff in the registry and before you do that you may want to make a backup of the registry in case something goes wrong you can recover it
Press Winkey+R to bring up the run dialog box and type in 'regedit' without the '' and press enter, then browse to 'HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Cur rentVersion\Uninstall\'
In that area you will see other subkeys that each represents an item in the Add/Remove Programs panel, find out which subkey belongs to the dead entry that you want to remove and delete it and you should no longer see it when you go into Add/Remove Programs
And as i stated at the beginning its wise to make a backup of the registry first just to be safe
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Old Oct 14, 2002, 08:22 AM
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you could use a program like norton system works that gets rid of all the bad entries
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Old Oct 14, 2002, 08:29 AM
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or if your not sure about editing your reg you can get programs that will remove entries from add/remove ,try tweakall its free

***********.abtons-shed.com/tweakall/tweakall.htm

or even reg clean will get rid of all those old entries

***********.verkkotieto.fi/jv16/shtml/regcleaner.shtml
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Old Oct 14, 2002, 10:14 AM
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Go with what sickmanofasia said. Ive always used twekall to do that and it has never given me any problems. Plus its free...
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Old Oct 14, 2002, 02:30 PM
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nice one!
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