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Strange Add or Remove Programs error


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babyloniantg

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I needed to uninstall some software so I went to Add or Remove Programs in the control panel. I noticed that the list of programs was unusually large. I started scrolling down and I found that one of the program slots was blank except for some black stripes that appear after I scroll down some. There is no name associated with it and no "Change/Remove" button or anything. Does anyone have any idea of what this could be and how I could remove it?
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Yes, but it depends on how comfortable you are editing the registry

How comfortable are you?
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Hi there babyloniantg.

Goto >Start >Run then type in "Regedit". Look for the key name:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall

When you look through these keys tell me if you see a blank key (folder) look inside the folder and let me know what is inside.

Note: Look through both keys (Folders) above

Cool :tazz:
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Thank you for the help. I looked at both keys. In the first one I wasn't able to find the Uninstall folder. In other words I stopped at HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\, then in the next key I found the Uninstall folder, but there were no blank folders in it. Any ideas?
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Here's a little tool that will make it easier

http://www.nirsoft.n...s/myuninst.html


Download is at the bottom of the page

This program removes items from the list, it does not uninstall programs

Odds are, the program entry is a left over, but see if you can identify the program and take a screen shot using the above utility and perhaps we can tell you more
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Thanks gerryf! I used the tool you told me about. I compared both lists by putting them in alphabetical order and discovered that the huge blank entry in my Add or Remove Program corresponded to a program I had recently installed. I uninstalled it through the tool and my list returned back to normal. Just one comment, the list in myuninst also includes some programs not found in the Add or Remove programs, all of which start with a small m followed by something else (ie mIWA, mMgr, mZConfig). They all supposedly come from Intel Corporation, but they look a little strange. Are they legitimate?

Edited by babyloniantg, 19 February 2006 - 09:44 AM.

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