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deleting program from add/remove

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I accidentally deleted a folder from my puter and deleted program with it. now when i go to control panel, add/remove programs, it says program is still there. When i actually try to delete the program, it says unable to open install.log. i reloaded program and tried to remove it, that worked, but program is still in add/remove directory. how do i get rid of program reference?  I am using Windows 98.  My email address is glooyenga@hotmail.com
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Losing ghost programs from control panels add/remove:

You'll have to edit the registry:

Chose Run in the Start menu, type regedit and click OK
Navigate your way to
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall.
In the left pane, with the right mouse button, click the folder (under uninstall) that represents the item you want to get rid of and chose delete.
Close the registry and restart your puter.

In case you are unsure make a backup copy of your registry files (SYSTEM.DAT and USER.DAT) before you edit the registry.

This should solve your problem.
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Jepe
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by:dovedove
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bester if you do not want to manually change your registry settings then use a program named Tweak UI-98. I use a version for W95 and it does what you want to do and many other things. It is available form Nonags Freeware at http://www.datascribe.com.au/mirrors/nonags/index.html
Go to Freeware Power Tool
Regards
dovedove
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Thanks jepe's
that was great how you answered the ?    Step by step and easy to follow. Yours is the best answer if received about any question. Thanks.
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With pleasure.
Jepe
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by:harrismarkc
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I have this situation as well. In addition, I cannot reinstall the inadvertently deleted application (AceBit Wise FTP 3). When I try to remove the program in the Add or Remove Programs control panel I get an error message, "Component Transfer Error. Component: Main Program. ... Error: Catastrophic failure."

Following advice in another solution, I deleted the application from the registry. The application no longer appears under the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE path. It still appears in the Add or Remove Programs control panel in XP Pro SP2.

I also tried the version of Tweak UI for XP (Power Tools), but could not find a tool in it for addressing this problem.

Mark
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