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Author Topic: [Done] Looking for a program like add/remove programs any idea's?  (Read 6227 times)

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[Done] Looking for a program like add/remove programs any idea's?
« on: September 04, 2007, 05:27:14 PM »
I've been repairing a machine for a friend and had to do a reinstall of XP over an existing copy...my problem is that now the add/remove programs list is missing most of the programs that were previously installed on the machine although 99% of them still run fine, does anyone know of a program where I can re-add entries to the list without having to reinstall everything (I was thinking something like click an 'add' button that'll allow me to go to the program folder and point it to the uninstaller).
« Last Edit: September 06, 2007, 10:44:25 AM by NightFlyer »

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Re: Looking for a program like add/remove programs any idea's?
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2007, 08:09:16 PM »
This thread actually inspired me to make my first GUI AutoHotkey application...ever :) It's a very simple program, in that when you launch the executable you get a "browse for file" dialogue. When you've located the file, you'll get a dialogue asking for the name of the program and if you want to add the uninstaller for the current user only, or system wide. I've added the .ahk script, a compiled executable and the icon in a archive, just in case you need to do some changes.

Hope this helps you, or someone else out! :)

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Re: Looking for a program like add/remove programs any idea's?
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2007, 08:15:50 PM »

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Re: Looking for a program like add/remove programs any idea's?
« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2007, 08:29:03 PM »
now the add/remove programs list is missing most of the programs that were previously installed on the machine although 99% of them still run fine

Is there a scrollbar in the add/remove window? Sometimes a large white space will appear between programs so you'll not see the entries unless you scroll all the way down.

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Re: Looking for a program like add/remove programs any idea's?
« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2007, 08:46:09 PM »
Dirhael your awesome  :Thmbsup: exactly the sort of thing I was looking for thanks a million  :D
 
PhilB66 thanks for the info, I knew about the large space problem and have a regkey on a disk someplace here to fix that...sadly there is no scroll bar so I knew that wasn't the problem.

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Re: Looking for a program like add/remove programs any idea's?
« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2007, 08:55:02 PM »
Dirhael your awesome  :Thmbsup: exactly the sort of thing I was looking for thanks a million  :D
 
PhilB66 thanks for the info, I knew about the large space problem and have a regkey on a disk someplace here to fix that...sadly there is no scroll bar so I knew that wasn't the problem.

No problem at all, just happy to help out :) Let me know if you encounter any problems with it, as I've only tested it on Windows Vista.
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Re: Looking for a program like add/remove programs any idea's?
« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2007, 09:01:06 PM »
so far 7 programs readded and counting... and no problems at all  :D

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Re: Looking for a program like add/remove programs any idea's?
« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2007, 10:31:23 PM »
Two free add/remove programs here:

MyUninstaller 1.36
http://www.nirsoft.n.../utils/myuninst.html

Add/Remove Pro v. 2.09 
http://superwin.swmi...ror.com/adrmpro2.exe

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Re: Looking for a program like add/remove programs any idea's?
« Reply #9 on: September 05, 2007, 01:48:24 AM »
I've tried a few (free and commercial) and am really impressed with RevoUninstaller http://www.revouninstaller.com/

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Re: Looking for a program like add/remove programs any idea's?
« Reply #10 on: September 05, 2007, 01:59:39 AM »
Guys, there is plenty of posts about uninstaller tools on DC, this thread is about programs missing from/not listed in the add/remove window.
« Last Edit: September 05, 2007, 02:01:15 AM by PhilB66 »

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Re: Looking for a program like add/remove programs any idea's?
« Reply #11 on: September 05, 2007, 02:13:10 AM »
is there anyway I or a mod can mark this thread as solved since Dirhael came up with a solution that has worked with 100% success ?

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Re: Looking for a program like add/remove programs any idea's?
« Reply #12 on: September 05, 2007, 04:59:51 AM »
Don't forget FARR's Uninstall plugin :)

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Re: Looking for a program like add/remove programs any idea's?
« Reply #13 on: September 05, 2007, 07:11:01 AM »
is there anyway I or a mod can mark this thread as solved since Dirhael came up with a solution that has worked with 100% success ?

Still no problem with it? Good! :) In any case, I've updated the program to v1.1, and added a few new features and fixed some potential problems:

+ Added the option to pass command line parameters to the uninstallers without having to change the path field. Did this to prevent someone from accidentally forgetting to enclose the uninstaller path/executable in quotes, which you need to do when passing parameters.
+ Added possibility to add company name and version string.
+ If you selected the incorrect uninstaller when you started the program, you can now browse for a new executable without restarting the program or entering the path manually.
* Sanitized the UID string so that it should be impossible to create unreadable keys if you typed invalid characters into the edit field.
* Fixed generation of random UID strings. Previously it was a very very minimal chance that you could have generated a string that you've added previously, thus overwriting your previous entry. Should not be possible to do in this update.
* Various other changes and fixes for potential problems.
* Better commented .ahk script if you would like to change something.


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Re: Looking for a program like add/remove programs any idea's?
« Reply #14 on: September 05, 2007, 11:33:20 AM »
  Thanks for the update Dirhael  :Thmbsup: I love the idea of being able to add version number and company name to the list.
  On another note most of the add/remove replacements mentioned in this thread I have tried and none of them that I could find allowed you to manually re-add entries back to the add/remove list like this does, so I really do think this is fairly unique in that ability, since this is not the first time I've run into this problem this is a tool I'll certainly be adding to my toolkit CD for future use  :)

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Re: Looking for a program like add/remove programs any idea's?
« Reply #15 on: September 05, 2007, 11:59:57 AM »
You know, I'm as surprised as you are that none of the really good uninstallers have a feature such as this. After all, when something can be done with AutoHotkey in a few hours time by someone that haven't made a GUI application in this scripting language before (I'm mainly a PHP kinda guy ;)), it shouldn't take a good software author more than a few minutes to do.
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Re: Looking for a program like add/remove programs any idea's?
« Reply #16 on: September 06, 2007, 09:08:45 AM »
is there anyway I or a mod can mark this thread as solved since Dirhael came up with a solution that has worked with 100% success ?
I think just edit first post & change the title to [DONE]...
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Re: [Done] Looking for a program like add/remove programs any idea's?
« Reply #17 on: September 06, 2007, 10:44:55 AM »
thank you tomos  :)