Friday, 14 August 2015

How to remove program name from Add/Remove Program list

My nephew and I were having a conversation about his current IT project. He asked me that he has removed an application using its uninstaller file from that application folder but it is still being listed in Add/Remove Program list. He wants to know how can he remove it from there also.

Most of the time, whenever we launch uninstaller of an application, it removes everything related to that program from a PC. In some cases, a program's registry key that is used to display program name is not removed correctly during uninstall process. To fix this, follow these steps:
  • Click on Start, type Regedit.exe and press Enter key. (Make sure you have taken backup of your registry before you move on to next step).
  • Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall
  • You will find several keys under Uninstall option. Each key represents a program which is been listed in Add/Remove program list.
  • To find out correct key of your program, click on each key. Information will be shown in right side box related to that key.
  • Check DisplayName - it shows the name of program that appears in Add/Remove program list
  • Find the appropriate key by matching your application name in DisplayName field.
  • Once you've identified the correct key that represents the program, you would like to remove from your Add/Remove program list, right click on key and select Delete.
  • Now, go to Start \ Control Panel \ Program and Features and confirm that program is not being listed there any more.
I can't stress more that you should backup your registry first before making any changes. I hope that you will find this article very useful.  Enjoy your rest of the day. :-)

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