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how to uninstall software from 50 pc's at the same time!!

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Hi there,

Is there a way that I can uninstall software from peoples computers upon start up/logon..??  We have 50 pc's and I would like to uninstall MSN Messenger, AVG and a few others.  Would it be a script that would be added to GPO that would do this..?? If so how would I setup this script ans I am bloody useless at doing these!!

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1st you would have to be able to uninstall these programs using command line options.  Check the install packages for these programs and see if the program can be uninstalled froma command line.

for example, you might have to download the install package again... then from a command line run installprogram.exe /?    See if there is a switch for an uninstall that is hidden (as you don't want the user to have to click on anything)

Once you have figured this out, you can use a GPO to uninstall the program.
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If the users all have a login script, you could add the unistall commands to the login script.

However, this would not be automatic.  Each user would need to approve the uninstall.

This could be a few batch lines in the login script:

i.e.

c: (user drive c:)
cd \xxxxx
uninstall.exe
...repeat for each program
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In the group policy (active directory) of the desired computers you can configure this.
Choose computer configuration, software installation and choose the desired installation package (rightclick, new package). Choose the remove option.

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That's easy go into the registry and locate the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall. In that key you will have subkeys that contain items in the Add remove programs list. Find the one you want to uninstall and locate the "UninstallString". Double click on it and copy the data "Ex.....          MsiExec.exe /I{8CE017FD-AE67-464D-8831-7BC9EDB1FC1F}"

You can then create a login script in AD with that statement which will launch the uninstaller. If users don't have the rights to unistall then you will have to use the RUNAS command to modify the statement. You still may run into issues but i may be able to further assist you.

There a couple of ways to do this. It just requires creativity and patience.
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you could also just ristrict the launching of msn with GP.
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haha......good point and less work.
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