cleaning up the Control Panel shortcuts

Posted on 1997-11-22
Last Modified: 2013-12-16
Icons from uninstalled programs stay in the control panel!
Is their any way i can take that out? I tried installing it again and then uninstalling it. It still stays in the Control Panel window.

Question by:Acocite
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joe_massimino earned 40 total points
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Move, delete, or rename the Main.cpl file in the Windows\System folder.
After you do so, extract a new copy of the Main.cpl file from your
original Windows 95 disks or CD-ROM.


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ID: 1752046
I assume you know how to use the extract utility to get the file off of the CD-rom back to you hard drive in an uncompressed format.

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ID: 1752047
why not DL tweakui?

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ID: 1752048
I don't suggest tweak anything because I never know who I am making the suggestion to.  Making such a suggestion to a novice user could set them up for more trouble than they originally had.  This is only my opinion, you are free to suggest it. I feel I have given him/her the most direct, and easiest solution available.

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ID: 1752049
I suggest going and downloading MS Power Toys and using TweakUI. I have it and just look through the tabs and eventually you find find a tab that allows to get rid of those uninstall icons.
I have done that my self. It is very simple.

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