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    Add Remove Applications

    How can I remove an installed application when I don't have access to the Settings->Control Panel->Add/Remove Programs area.
    The installed application does not have its own unistall option.
    Is there an .msc or mmc or exe I can run?
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    Re: Add Remove Applications

    You could look for it in the Registry. There should be an uninstall command you could copy & paste into the RUN box.

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    Re: Add Remove Applications

    Just curious. It looks like the bigger problem is why don't you have access. Is there something wrong with the system or your "privileges" or what? If there is, and you go monkeying around in the registry, might the problem get worse? What OS are we talking about?

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    Re: Add Remove Applications

    I agree with BigAl that there seems to be deeper problems, if you can't access Control Panel properly. In Win98 at least, you could try typing "Appwiz.cpl" (without the " marks) in the Start -> Run dialog, and see if you can access the Add/Remove applet that way.

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    Re: Add Remove Applications

    Many Setups automatically recognize if the program is already installed and prompt you to uninstall. Try to run Setup once again.

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    Re: Add Remove Applications

    I didn't bother to ask if this was a work PC and should've. An administrator can lock down add/remove programs.

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    Re: Add Remove Applications

    Yes, they are work computers and there are a number of staff who are getting 'worried' as we come around to our annual software audit, that they can't uninstall non standard software prior to the audit as they don't have access to the Add/Remove Programs wizard.
    Just looking for a way to 'get them off the hook'.
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    Re: Add Remove Applications

    Then if the program does not have an uninstall entry in the Start Menu, the best I can say is check the Registry. But if the Add/Romve applet is locked down registry access may also be locked down.

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    Re: Add Remove Applications

    You could try using MyUninstaller v1.31 - Alternative to the standard Add / Remove module on Windows

    It is a free program and does not need to be installed in order to run it.

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    Re: Add Remove Applications

    If they can't uninstall "non-standard" software, how did they install it in the first place? <img src=/S/hmmn.gif border=0 alt=hmmn width=15 height=15> If this is something they are NOT supposed to be running because it is not licensed to the company or for commercial use, then there is a good reason for them to be nervous. If these are applications they actually need, then there seems to have been a breakdown of communications somewhere. <img src=/S/crazy.gif border=0 alt=crazy width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Add Remove Applications

    Tony,

    zinger says that the application doesn't have it's own uninsatll function and the website for MyUninstaller states...."MyUninstaller simply run the uninstall module provided by the software that you want to uninstall." so I'm not sure that it will be of any help here.

    That said, I'd have to agree with Charlotte that if the software wasn't supposed to be installed in the first place and zinger is just trying to be a nice person and help out some co-workers, then perhaps the IT department should be the ones to be helped. There are usually good reasons for not installing unauthorized software in a company machine.
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    Re: Add Remove Applications

    Doc,
    I think that zinger was saying that the program did not have an uninstall icon in its program group. If indeed there is no uninstall the deleting the folder and removing traces from the registry should be sufficient.

    Having been on both sides of 'installing unauthorized software' I'll have to say that most IT departments are overwhelmed these days. They don't approve of something because 1. they don't have the financial or personnel resources to check out every piece of software users want and/or 2. they want to protect their turf. Most users are just trying to get their own job done and many times IT appears to be a detriment than a help.

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    Re: Add Remove Applications

    Kaplinb pointed out that many setups will prompt you to reinstall. They may also offer to repair or to change options. If you have the CD, just pop it in, run setup, and see what it offers. You might also consider checking for a live update to the program before uninstalling it, since an update might cure the problem that makes you want to uninstall it in the first place, or repair the bug that prevents you from uninstalling it.

    Certain programs can be notoriously difficult to get rid of, and I suggest looking on the manufacturer

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    Re: Add Remove Applications

    Sometimes if you go to the original download file, there will be uninstall information included when you unzip it. HTH

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    Re: Add Remove Applications

    You're absolutely correct in there being a breakdown of communications. By having a quick look around at the PC's in question, it appears to be mainly trial versions of games and some freeware utilities (text editors). The security policies appear to to be inconsistent in what users can and can't do. In this case, I'll approach the Network team with a view to applying consistent policies so that users can't get themselves into trouble by the installation of non-standard software and get the Network team to remove all non-standard apps when performing their upcoming software audit.

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