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MSI remove - path or number for uninstall

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On XP how can I find the path an MSI was installed from and \or the number that allows it to be uninstalled from a script:
eg:
msiexec /x \\server\folder\name.msi
or
msiexec /x {7145A744-C77A-4FE8-BA94-061EC41FEAEC}

I thought it was in HKLM\soft\ms\wind\current version\uninstall
but it is not listed??
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by:Antyrael
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If an msi is successfully installed, that is the correct registry key to look under.
Do I understand correctly that you can't find the installed application with a search under that key?
sometimes the appID is listed instead of the application name itself.
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by:Pete
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yes it is listed in add\remove programs as "flash active x 10" but there is nothing in that reg key relating to flash. it removes manually from add\remove programs but I need to script this so I need the removal info path or version....
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by:Antyrael
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Adobe Flash might a bit more troublesome to remove, take a look at the notes on this webpage:
http://www.appdeploy.com/packages/detail.asp?id=798
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by:Joseph Daly
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I used to use the GUID uninstallation approach alot in the past until i found this little trick. In my opinion it works much better.

WMIC product where name="Productname" call uninstall

The productname that you enter in the quotes should be exactly what appears in add/remove programs.

This method works much better than the guid uninstall because sometime different minor versions of products will have different guids.
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by:Pete
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Thanks can you elaborate on the command:

WMIC product where name="Productname" call uninstall

msiexec /x "productname" ????
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by:Joseph Daly
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Sure what would you like to know?
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by:Pete
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so what would the command be to remove from add\remove progs?
"flash player active x"
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by:Joseph Daly
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if that is how it shows up in add/remove programs then yes you would enter that in the WMIC command.

Another way to tell would be to open a command prompt and type

wmic product get name

This will list every product installed you should be able to copy and paste the returned name from here as well.
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by:Antyrael
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Petben, xxdcmast gave you the command you need to run, it's not msiexec /x "flash player active x".

The command you need to use is:
wmic product where name="Flash Player ActiveX" call uninstall

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by:Pete
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I know it sound mad but even though adobe flash player 10 activex is listed in add\remove progs running the command below does not list it (it lists everything else!):
wmic product get name

running the command:
wmic product where name="adobe flash player 10 activex " call uninstall
give the message "no instances available"
Is that possible?
 
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by:Antyrael
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Yes, it is possible, it just means it's not cleanly removed.
Check this support website from Adobe: http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/141/tn_14157.html
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Joseph Daly earned 1600 total points
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You could also try the windows installer cleanup utility. Microsoft removed this from download on their site but there are still other mirrors out there that have it.

http://www.softpedia.com/get/Security/Secure-cleaning/Windows-Installer-CleanUp-Utility.shtml

This tool should go through and help remove and lingering installation files etc from the install.
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