Tip: Clean Up Stale Entries From Add/Remove Programs

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 12:48 pm

Have you ever deleted a program directly from Windows file explorer? If you have you probably noticed that even though you have deleted the program, the application entry still remains in the Add/Remove Programs tool in the control panel.

When you try to remove this stale entry from the control panel, you’ll get an error message saying windows could not find the uninstall program, and the entry will remain in the Add/Remove list.

To clean up stale entries from this list you’ll need to edit the registry and remove this entry.

In order to do that follow these steps

  • Open the Registry Editor (Regedit.exe).
  • Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ Current Version\Uninstall.
  • Expand the Uninstall node, and find the key with the name of the application you want to remove from the list
  • Delete the key.
  • Close the Registry Editor.


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