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Windows Remove orphan entries from Add or Remove programs


Sep 22, 2012

Last updated on May 26th, 2016 at 01:29 pm

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Windows Remove orphan entries from Add or Remove programs

Whenever i go to Add/Remove programs I can see a list of entries that consists of installed software’s. In that lot many are not getting removed as it is showing MSI installer error or something related.

Why The Software Lists Are Not Getting Removed?
It is because i have not uninstalled the software properly using the available uninstaller. I would have just manually deleted it from Program Files or elsewhere it got installed. This is not at all a wise method as it leaves some traces in the registry or even wont move out of the list of programs in the Add/Remove entries.They are all orphan files and needs to be removed manually.


There are two solution for this.
In order to hide selective programs/applications listed in Add or Remove:
Go to Start/Run/Regedit and navigate to this key:

Locate the program in question in the left pane. In the right pane, right click DisplayName and select rename: Add Quiet so it will read:
QuietDisplayName. No reboot or refresh needed. Open Add or Remove – the listing is now gone. To revert, rename back to Display Name.



Add/Remove Pro v. 2.11 this displays the entries in the Add/Remove Programs list of Windows Registry, checks if each is valid, and uninstalls the selected program or removes the entry from the list.

Requires Windows.


The above is among the numerous methods available which will really work and solve your issue/problem. I have got the above solution after doing lot many google search and research.

NOTE:We are not responsible for any issues that might popup due to registry errors or anything related. It is the users own responsibility to check each and everything before they proceed. For safer side if you are not an expert in windows always go for a backup of the file/registry you are editing and create a restore point before you modify anything in the OS[Operating System] level

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