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Add/Remove programs is a database entry that should be completed when a program is installed on your computer. If not, you need another way to uninstall.
Why do some applications appear on the Add/Remove list on the Control Panel while others do not?
In this excerpt from Answercast #71, I look at how programs get added to the uninstall list and options when they don't.
Very simply because the applications did or did not put themselves there.
As it turns out, the Add/Remove Control Panel applet is really a front end to a little bit of a database that individual applications have to add themselves to. So for example, when you install something (like say, Microsoft Office), it's the Microsoft Office set-up program that makes sure that its entry in the Add/Remove list is correct, is there, and is available to be used later if you want to change or remove Microsoft Office.
Now, most programs that you install using a setup program do exactly that. It's actually a side effect of setting up the program - where they will go through the motions; go through the steps to add themselves properly to the add/remove programs list.
Sometimes, they don't. Sometimes, they don't - and they provide an uninstall application of their own that you might access through whatever entries they may have added to the Start menu.
Sometimes, they don't provide an uninstall option at all. Then you're kind of, sort of stuck. You have to resort to some brute force methods for uninstalling their application.
What I recommend is: if you're having a problem with an application that does not appear in the Add/Remove Programs list and you want to remove it, I would do two things:
One, start with Revo Uninstaller and see if it can find the application.
Sometimes, Revo will in fact be able to find traces of the application that will allow it to give the application a good go at uninstalling the application.
If that doesn't work, then I would actually go to the application vendor (the manufacturer of that program) and say, "Hey, what's the deal? I want to uninstall your program. There's nothing in Add/Remove. There's no uninstall program on the disc. What am I supposed to do?" And see if they have instructions.
Very often they do.
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