View Full Version : Uninstall help needed

16-03-2009, 03:33 AM
Hello all.
Many months ago I used Windows defrag and half of the installed progs
disappeared from the Programs & features list (Vista Home Premium).
However, the delisted progs remained in Program Files and have continued
to operate normally. Since that cockup I have kept well away from Windows Defrag and have used a 3rd party utility.
The problem is that I am unable to uninstall any of the delisted programs,
a few of which are end-of-life so need renewing/updating and a few others
have problems, such as WMP 11. Prefering to uninstall, rather than installing
new on top of them I need to find a recommended prog to do the job - any
suggestions ?
I have tried a few 3rd party uninstallers but they don't appear to have a
retrospective feature any will only uninstall progs they monitor after their
own installation. Can't find any answers at Microsoft, so the big question
is how to (force) uninstall progs not listed and not showing a built-in
uninstaller ? Especially Windows Media Player.
Without mentioning names, I have a lot of confidence in the experience of
some of you guys, so any suggestions would be welcome. Thanks.

16-03-2009, 08:30 AM
I use Revo Uninstaller for future reference.

But you will probably just have to remove them manually.
Delete folder, then go through registry removing refere4nces to them.
Or if you want to be cautious, use something like Ccleaner to clean up the registry. It won't get it all though........

16-03-2009, 09:39 AM
Thanks, pctech for your prompt reply. I also use REVO and a few others.
There is no way I can delete the WMP folder ( so far).

What really pisses me off, is that MS fail to provide the customer tools to control their software. I worked in manufacturing (electronics) for a long
time as an after sales service manager and I bent backwards to keep our
customers satisfied for goodwill. MS don't give a ****. (lack of competition )

16-03-2009, 10:07 AM
To uninstall WMP, you go to add/remove, then tick "Show updates"
Then scroll down to Windows software updates and remove WMP 11.

It'll just revert to WMP 10, you can't remove it, only if you use nlite.

For third party apps-like the one's that "disappered" I suggest you use revo uninstaller. Its has a feature called "hunt and kill" or something, run the app you want to uninstall(launch from program files) then run the "hunt and kill" function.

It'll remove it for you, all traces of it


Speedy Gonzales
16-03-2009, 10:11 AM
Didnt Vista come installed with WMP11??

If it did, how would it revert to WMP 10??

16-03-2009, 10:54 AM
Didnt Vista come installed with WMP11??

If it did, how would it revert to WMP 10?? Thats correct.

Vista come with WMP11 not 10.

WMP10 is not meant to run in Vista - Apparently you can get WMP10 to work in Vista, but it requires a reg hack, and from reports is unstable.