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How to Remove Obsolete Add/Remove Programs Items

What if, you uninstall a program, and it remains stuck in the Add-Remove list. Although the programs have been erased, the uninstall string is still visible in the programs list, which is annoying. That line still being present there cannot represent an impediment for the computer’s good behavior but it might be in change a problem of privacy. If that application’s name is still there, anyone may see what you have installed on your computer even if you wanted to conceal it by uninstalling the application.

To solve this awkward situation, we need to tickle a little the mighty registry. And as always, to do that we will use the registry editor which is provided by Microsoft by default. So, go to Start > Run and type Regedit.

The list of installed applications can be consulted if you browse this registry path:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Uninstall

Now compare the list found in Add/Remove Programs with the list of applications found at this registry location and look for that stubborn application. Once you found it, click on it and delete it. Close the registry editor and go back to the Add/Remove programs to see with your own eyes that the troubleshot application is gone…FOREVER.

The great thing about this registry tweak is that you just delete the application name and details from the add/remove programs list but you do not actually unistall or delete the whole software. For your safety, you can delete entries located here to prevent accidental (or by purpose) uninstalls. This way, you can protect critical applications for your work. You can always uninstall them later by going to their installation directories.


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