Removing the files remaining after uninstalling a program

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If you still have some files remaining after uninstalling a program using Add / Remove Programs in XP, for example the uninstalled the program still appear in your control panel, this trick can help.

Warning: This trick can not uninstall software, but only to withdraw it from the Add/Remove Programs. To do this use the Windows uninstall or use specialized software as shown here.

With Regedit

To remove the entry you must go in the registry:

Beforehand, make up a backup of the registy
  • Then:
    • Select Start, then Run, then type "regedit" and press the Enter key.
    • Find the key:
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE_\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall
    • The tree on the left are the entries to these programs available in Add/Remove Programs.
    • Select the entry to delete, then click the right mouse button and select Delete.
    • Click Yes to accept the deletion.

With CCleaner

  • Install CCleaner.
  • Run it. Go to Tools then Uninstall Programs.
  • Select the line you want to delete then right click on the Clear Entry
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