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Control Panel/Add Remove Programs...

I just looked under my control Panel under add remove programs because I was going to uninstall and reinstall something, and almost everything is gone!!! my programs are still working and they are under C:\Program Files and everything but what happend under my add/remove programs????  I really need to give somebody a screenshot, but anyways...there's a lot of things on there that that when you click on them you can't even do anything...for example "QFolder" and "Scan" and "Print Screen", and so on...what's the deal!!!
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Monkeyrod
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kblack05Commented:
This is typically caused by operating system or registry corruption.

You may need to do a repair installation on your OS:

http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic8356.html
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markandrew21Commented:
Quoted from Windowsitpro.com:
The Add/Remove control panel applet remove tab builds its list by searching HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall for any entries with a DisplayName value. There is a bug which causes entries with a text string of >64 characters to be ignored so you may want to check the DisplayName values and shorten where appropriate.
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markandrew21Commented:
to access, click
start
run
regedit
ok
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kblack05Commented:
You should warn him that editing the registry can result in a system which is not bootable! Beware.
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MonkeyrodAuthor Commented:
I just did a system restore from Registry First Aid (a program I have) which actually just took me to the system restore feature of windows under start-acccessoires-system tools....i just went back to the last restore point (which windows does automatically fairly often)...and plus you don't lose anything and it is reversible if it doesn't fix the problem...that's one Windows tool I actaully like!!!
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markandrew21Commented:
i guess i assumed you had already tried a system restore, and or reboot.
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blackfox_01Commented:
Have you installed any Autocad Programs on the system at all?   I have seen this on systems here and the resolution to the problem is below. This has happened on almost every station I have installed Autocad on recently.  

This is generally due to the DisplayIcon having a negative number. From here you can either remove the negative number or remove the last application listed: Start/Run/Regedit:  HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{}

need to change the autocad key to a positive number and the display will be fixed.
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Purple_SkyCommented:
If it is a registry corruption i dont believe a repair installation has a good chance to help. I would back up the registry and proceed with blackfox_01s instructions.  ( Back up how to : start - run - regedit - file - export )
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MonkeyrodAuthor Commented:
No what I meant by my last comment is the system restore worked....
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Purple_SkyCommented:
awesome :) glad the problem is fixed. As well as using system restore, back up your registry often for future references :)
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MonkeyrodAuthor Commented:
ok thanks...that Registry First Aid program does a full backup before it applys any changes...good program...you should check it out...
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Purple_SkyCommented:
thanks for the tip :D
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MonkeyrodAuthor Commented:
i'll split points later gotta go to work...thanks all
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