Orphaned Entries in Add or Remove Programs
after you uninstall a program, its entry still remains in the Add or Remove
Programs dialog box. When you click on Change/Remove in the dialog box, you get
an error, telling you that the program no longer exists. This can be a major
headache, if you install and test a lot of different programs.
can remove these orphan entries:
the registry is not for everyone. You can really mess up your system if you have
problems. Make sure you back up your registry before doing anything else. You do
this by selecting the "Export Registry" option in the Registry menu in
- From a command
line or from the Run line, run regedit. This opens the Registry Editor.
- Select the
folder HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and follow the folder path
- Click on the +
sign to expand the listing.
- Look for the
name of the program with the orphaned entry.
- Delete the
entire listing for the software with the orphaned entry, by highlighting it
and pressing the Delete key.
- Close the
Registry. The orphaned entry will be gone.