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Windows Installer Cleanup utility (XP and Vista)
Trying to uninstall a program you never use
anymore and Windows won't let you because some of the
installation information is corrupt.
Fortunately, Microsoft has a tool for removing installer
information from especially pesky programs. Keep in mind, the
Windows Installer Cleanup Utility this is not a tool to replace
the Windows Add/Remove programs utility in the Control Panel.
What the utility does is remove Windows Installer configuration
Running the utility should bring up a list of programs that were
installed using the Windows Installer. Select the application
you want to clear and click remove. The installer info for that
program should disappear, but the program will not.
In other words, use this program if Windows thinks that a
program is installed but it is not. Do not use it to remove
programs. It won't do that. Theoretically you could use this
application to prevent yourself from accidentally removing
programs. If there's no installer information, there's no
uninstall option in your Add/Remove settings.
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