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How To Remove Programs Not Listed In “Add/Remove Programs� in windows XP

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This problem can occur if the program you installed creates a registry key name that is longer than 60 characters in length. Add/Remove Programs only lists program names it locates up to the point it encounters this situation.Follow the steps given to solve the problem.

* Go to C:\Windows\Inf folder. In the right pane, scroll down to sysoc.inf. Open it with notepad. It will look like…


* The word “HIDE†in an entry hides that application from your Add/Remove Programs dialog box. To add ms messenger to the Add/Remove menu, delete the word HIDE from its entry. Don’t delete the “,â€(comma) after it.

* Save the file and restart your machine and now you can see that app listed in the add/remove programs list.

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Do you know if third-party programs have this failing, such as CCleaner and others like it, that provide their own uninstall utilities?

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