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Add or Remove Programs

As you know, many programs come with their own installation (Setup) programs that handle all the details of installation, such as file copying, making Registry additions, making file associations, and adding items to the Start menus. An ever-growing number of applications even provide their own uninstall routine, which appears as a unique icon within their Start menu folder. You’ll rarely add programs through the Add or Remove Programs applet. Most of what you’ll use this applet for is to remove applications or portions thereof when a dedicated tool is not provided by the vendor.

Change or Remove Programs

You’ve probably noticed that not all programs show up in the Add or Remove Programs applet. They don’t appear because only programs complying with the 32-bit Windows API standard for installation get their filenames and locations recorded in the system database, allowing them to be reliably erased without adversely affecting the operation of Windows. Many older or less-sophisticated applications simply install in their own way and don’t bother registering with the operating system.


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