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Uninstalling a Program on a Server

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I tried to remove a program from the control panel of a Windows2000 Advanced server but when I double click the control panel the control panel window doesnt open even if I wait for 30 minutes and keep double clicking it I get nothing and if I also try to access it on the " Safe Mode" I get the same thing
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by:blissbear
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Try running the following from a command line:

rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL appwiz.cpl
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Hi,
Even easier, go to run command from start menu then simply type appwiz.cpl
This opens the add/remove programs
If it doesn't open it then you have something being corrupted on your system, maybe a windows update or something.
Try also searching for a virus
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Is the mouse Hourglassing, or just a white background in the ARP??
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johnb6767: it is just a white background in the ARP
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Few things.....

start>run>REGSVR32 APPWIZ.CPL

Then retry....

Do you have alot of applications installed? There might be a bad value for "DisplayName" under hte following key....

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall

That value can only be 32 characters if I am not mistaken....... You can export that registry key, and then in Notepad, do a "Replace All" for DisplayName, and replace all with DisplayNameOLD. Save the .reg file as something different so this action can be reversed. Then re import it. If it op[ens, you know you had a corrupted entry inside that key...
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Guys ,,,,

Nither :

rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL appwiz.cpl

Nor appwiz.cpl ( alone ) worked .
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Any luck on the registry tips?
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by:dlan75
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Hi,
Have you searched for a virus or something that could have infected the machine? Have you tryed to restart the server?
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by:akhafaf
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I havent  have the chance to work on the Registery and we have a Notron Symantic Anti Virus is installed on it . In Addition, I have restarted the server several times and still the problem is not solved .
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Norton is crap can you try with another one? Online free scan for example just in case (Kaspersky for ex). Try with spybot also to look for any malware
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