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    Add/Remove Programs problem

    Hi all,

    I have a problem with Add/Remove Programs. When I try to
    install a program using "Add/Remove Programs" in the WinMe
    Control Panel, I do not get a listing in the available
    programs of "Add/Remove Programs" after the installation.
    This means that I cannot uninstall a program unless it
    comes with a built-in uninstaller.

    For old programs which are already listed in "Add/Remove
    Programs", if I uninstall them, and then later re-install
    them, their listing does not re-appear. So I can no longer
    uninstall them either.

    This is a concern as with no listing in "Add/Remove
    Programs", I can neither remove or alter programs which
    have been installed.

    Is there any way to solve this? Will I need to re-install
    Windows? Can it be fixed with a Registry alteration? Has
    anybody come across this before? If anybody has any ideas,
    please let me know.

    Thanks!
    MG

    P.S. My system is WinMe, 1GHz P3, 256Mb.

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    Not too sure if this is going to work with your OS but you can find apps to keep track of your installs, it's just down to personal choice in the end but ere's one I found...
    http://www.geocities.com/ggmartau/tu.html
    Live long and prosper!

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    Hi Coffee,

    I managed to find a solution on another forum. My problem was caused by a bug in the Registry. If a program in WinMe has an UnistallName with more than 63 characters, it can cause all sorts of problems. Even affecting the Uninstallation of unrelated programs. I believe that the solution is to cut the Uninstall name of any program down to 63 characters or less.

    http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=240348


    MG

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