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Can't uninstall a program in Windows xp

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  • Well if this is the problem then you could try out this method... although it is quite tricky one and can some time cause unexpected results.

    as we all know even if we delete softwares form the installation directory but it is yet not removed form the registry.

    so the software you want to remove, first search for it in the system registry.

    to open it type"regedit" in the run dialog box.

    when it opens press ctrl+f and type the name of the program and search for it.

    delete all the keys you find, and continue it by pressing F3 key.

    when you have deleted all, then delete it from the installation directory.

     

    Try cleaning the TEMP folder also and then restart your compuer.

    Its Done!

    Although it might happen that it is still visible in the Add or Remove program, but don't worry its all done.


    ABHIJEET RAI
    Thursday, March 24, 2011 12:46 PM

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  • Well, first of all, please describe what error messages occur (if any), and what happens after you click "Uninstall/Change".

    And you could do it manually, but that is very complicated, and for the novice in the registry editor, it often leads to destructive damage of the Windows installations.

    Also, have you scanned you system with any malware scanners (Antimalwarebyte's Antimalware in particular) while disconnected from the internet?

     

    This information will help greatly in discovering your problem.

     

    -Camden

     

     

     

    Wednesday, March 23, 2011 4:23 AM
  • Do you get any error message while uninstalling any program or are you being restricted from doing so?

    try using a good antivirus or anti spyware to scan your computer, and if possible use any registry repair software.


    ABHIJEET RAI
    • Proposed as answer by abhijeet2rai Wednesday, March 23, 2011 11:45 AM
    • Unproposed as answer by abhijeet2rai Thursday, March 24, 2011 12:39 PM
    Wednesday, March 23, 2011 11:35 AM
  • Thanks For  Trying to help me. The Problem is When I open my ADD or REMOVE programs. My all Programs have not option fr Change or remove. Frequency of Used Rarely.. Now i cant able to Remove my Other programs.
    Thursday, March 24, 2011 9:33 AM
  • Using Symantec AitiVirus Corporate Edition V 10.1. Is It ok ?? I using Some other...??/ 
    Thursday, March 24, 2011 10:17 AM
  • Well if this is the problem then you could try out this method... although it is quite tricky one and can some time cause unexpected results.

    as we all know even if we delete softwares form the installation directory but it is yet not removed form the registry.

    so the software you want to remove, first search for it in the system registry.

    to open it type"regedit" in the run dialog box.

    when it opens press ctrl+f and type the name of the program and search for it.

    delete all the keys you find, and continue it by pressing F3 key.

    when you have deleted all, then delete it from the installation directory.

     

    Try cleaning the TEMP folder also and then restart your compuer.

    Its Done!

    Although it might happen that it is still visible in the Add or Remove program, but don't worry its all done.


    ABHIJEET RAI
    Thursday, March 24, 2011 12:46 PM
  • Thanks...
    Thursday, March 24, 2011 2:16 PM
  • There is No option for change / Remove.. in Add or Remove Program...

     

    Monday, March 28, 2011 6:47 AM
  • Well, that's not good. I've never heard of all of the usage stats. switching, and especially the Change/Remove button disappearing. If you remember when the problem started, you can run a System Restore; however, It sounds like your computer is infected with a Trojan Horse type of Virus, so I'd run Antimalwarebyte's Antimalware; and remember to disconnect from the internet while doing the scan. If it doesn't come up with anything, then I'd be suspicious, but go ahead and run the System Restore. If you'd like to keep trying to Uninstall via the registry, you can try this method, which is the universally accepted way (because programs don't make entries, the manufacturers do),

    -Go to run and type in regedit

    -Click the + dropdown button for HKEY_CURRENT_USER

    -Click the + dropdown for Software, and Dropdown the Manufacturer's name.

    -There will often be several entries. If you only have one Program by the manufacturer, I recommend you simply delete the key (which is represented by a folder) Otherwise, have a look around for what only pertains to your program; keys will often be pretty well-labels or descriptive.

    -Draw back the hierarchy for HKEY_CURRENT_USER, and dropdown the one for HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.

    -Follow steps 3-4 and keep deleting entries.

    -Remove the programs from %SystemRoot%\Program Files\; the listing will be under the Manufacturer's name, as it is in the Registry.

    You could also try repairing the Windows Files in a Repair-Mode re-installation.

    Monday, March 28, 2011 6:49 PM
  • I done System restore.. But  problem Remains same.. If you Don't mind Please Suggest me Best Anti spay were or Anti virus. ?? I think my System Is infected.... Please Do some thing for me... I uninstall From registry but all Programs Are working Properly. Why i cant UNINSTALL  all Programs using ADD or Remove Programs??
    Tuesday, March 29, 2011 8:43 AM
  • So, it sounds like your restore points are infected too. So you need to delete them ASAP. Go to Control Panel - System - and I can't remember the tab name for the life of me (I'm sorry), but flip through the tebs until you see the System Restore settings; and turn System Restore OFF. (do not turn it back on yet)

     

    Here's the best Antivirus/MNalware solution for right now.

    download and run this: http://support.kaspersky.com/downloads/utils/tdsskiller.zip and then download the Free version of Anti-Malware from malwarebytes.org Be sure to delete all of the infected files (Even if they are System or Boot) After running each utility, you will be asked to reboot your computer; you will want to do so immediately. (Run TDSSKiller, then reboot; install malwarebytes, run it, then reboot)

    If your computer won't boot after you "cleaned" your computer; put in your Windows XP Installation CD. And when greeted with the Welcome to Setup Screen; press "R" for repair (or whichever key it states). And press the key stated for the recovery console. It will ask you for an administrator password. If you have not set one, press enter, and you will be greeted with a command prompt.

    Type in: "fixboot" And answer all YES to all of the "Are you sure you want to...?" Questions. Next type in "fixmbr". It will rewrite your Boot sector and Boot Record. Please note that if you have other Operating Systems installed, you may be only able to Access XP after this point. Answer YES once again; and attempt to reboot your computer by typing EXIT or QUIT at the command prompt. If that doesn't work; Simply turn off your computer manually. But don't let it boot from the CD.

    If you are still unable to boot your computer, then you must do a Repair Installation of Windows XP. TO do so, reboot from the CD (Windows XP Installation Media); and press "R" to enter recovery mode. Press "R" (or whichever key your cd states) to run a repair install.

    Now an answer to your question about uninstalling from the registry/ removing entries from Add/Remove programs:

    • Click Start, Run and type regedit.exe
    • Navigate to the following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Uninstall
    • Select the subkey that you want to delete
    • Right-click on the subkey and choose Delete
    • Close Registry Editor
    And the reason why all of your programs are still working, is because you need to physically delete the program. It will be stationed in (C:\ represents your hard drive; change it to the correct letter if it's not C) C:\Program Files\%ProgramRoot%. And you can't uninstall anything fro Add/Remove because a Trojan Horse has tampered with the DLLS Registry Entries and GUI.
    Tuesday, March 29, 2011 6:20 PM
  • yes i do get some error massage..
    Saturday, January 28, 2012 3:04 AM