How to remove DLL file and services

Posted on 2003-03-31
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Last Modified: 2010-08-05
1. I had installed Oracle in a windows 2000 server. Later on deinstalled it. But I am not able to delete some of the DLL file which resides in oracle home folder.

2. Similarly some services which I used earlier and not want to use later on. I am not able to unlist these services from services applet in control pannel. I have unslatted the software which was using these services. What could I do is setting this service disabled but not able to remove from services applet.

3. I am logging as administrator.

Both problem are very common and happen with most of the softwares.
Question by:mairothia
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barry_c earned 750 total points
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This requires some use of a registry editor, please be careful!

First identify the name of the service you want to remove from the list.  Open the services window and right click on the service you want to remove and select properties.  Copy down the Service Name.  Repeat for each service.

Open a registry editor (Regedit)

Browse to the key:


Delete the key that has the same name as the service you identified in step one.  BE CAREFUL!

Now it's time to remove the DLLs that don't want to let go. First try booting to Safe Mode. While your computer is booting, tap the F8 key and choose safe mode from the list.  This will most likely not start the service that is holding the DLLs open.  If not you can use the Recover Console to delete the file (Assuming you formatted using NTFS. If you used FAT32 just boot to DOS with a Win98 boot floppy).  This is a pain but it works.

Hope this is what you were looking for,


Expert Comment

ID: 8244198
if you are sure you don't need the DLLs for anything else then you should be able to unregister the dll and then remove it as well if you wish.

From the strart menu choose run, use

regsvr32 /u filename.dll


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