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Grumpy 03-07-2004 04:11 PM

windows 98 uninstall (program list)
I bought my girl friend a new computer for valentines day. Her old computer is trash but they are trying to salvage it for some reason. Some mo mo, instead of using un-install, deleted programs folders to remove programs.

I suggested a re-format since the computer is trash but they declined my suggestion. My girl friend's brother asked me how he can remove programs from the Add/Remove Programs list. Since I've never been so clumsy as to remove a program manually, I honestly have no idea.

Anyone know how to remove programs from the add/remove programs list in Windows 98?

hatchet 03-07-2004 07:08 PM

HAHA.. I hate that - I'm sure it's giving an error like "Can't find uninstall log for program" or something? Honestly I don't know how. I always use the install/uninstall program that comes with Norton Systemworks.

Grumpy 03-08-2004 10:26 PM

Heh I wonder of system works will clear that up or if anyone knows where the install data is stored in the registry?

Anyone know is cleansweep and other such programs could possibly accomplish my goal?

netman 03-11-2004 01:01 PM

Windows 98???. Upgrade to Win 2000 or XP and kill several birds with one stone. :)

hatchet 03-11-2004 08:44 PM

I would think cleansweep would be able to do it. Buy the standalone program - I don't think it's too bad priced. And I agree with netman also - if you have the system resources go up to Win XP.

Grumpy 03-15-2004 06:21 PM

Netman I am with you, but then again this old paper weight of hers will never support xp, or even 2k. I suggested the reformat of 98, and even if they could upgrade to xp, it would require a format. XP does that with 98 and older versions of windows... so that would mean backing up. I've no idea why they are afraid to backup and reformat. Oh well.

Cleansweep... Ah hah! That's the name I was thinking of! Gah it was on the tip of my tongue the whole time and I kept wanting to call it tide since they have a box similiar to the tide detergent :)

Teetorbilt 03-15-2004 09:22 PM

Grumpy, I can sympathize with both sides as I sit here at my new workstation and my old one at my back where it has been for 6 mos. It's 98, which I love but obsolete, it is also full of viruses, worms and trojans. To remove them is a chore that I do not anticipate.
I was forced into an upgrade because MS has not supported 98 since last Oct. so no more upgrades, patches, etc. I maxed out the memory and processor to the point that new motherboards were required for any further upgrades. And the system was just slow compared to the new stuff.
As soon as I am absolutely certain that I have (carefully) extracted ALL of the information that I need from it, I will clean the disks and donate it to someone. It is souped up enough to handle the newer OS but it is slow for my applications.
I use Catia, ACad and a dozen proprietary CAD/CAM programs.
I digress, send the old one to the Smithsonian. Kidding, donate it and take the write off. It's still good enough for an underprivledged kid who has nothing.

Mulligan 03-18-2004 04:46 PM

try pc magazines UNClean 2...,1759,541138,00.asp

pawned 04-03-2004 01:32 PM

if you go to
you can down load REGCLEANER, it may have a new name like regsupreme or something like that. But this program will allow you to find and delete all registry files that are no longer related to anything. This MAY solve your problem. It has for me

Grumpy 04-04-2004 12:18 PM

Thanks I burnt the cd for my gf's brother and I'm letting him deal with it. If it doesnt work I'll try those two links posted above.

Unregistered 06-01-2004 04:18 AM

I have found and used a Freeware program called " Add Remove Pro"
Do a search on google ao whatever your preference and after the download and install it will find all programs installed on the pc. You will be able to un-install them even if there is No un-install program on file in the PC.

Try It, You'll Like It !!!
Good Luck

Grumpy 06-01-2004 02:59 PM

Unregistered thanks for the help, but ya had it backwards. I wanted to remove program names from the list. These programs were already manually un-installed.

Unregistered 06-29-2004 09:15 AM

Here you go....

Should fix your issue.


GSHARMAN 05-30-2005 09:37 PM

I,m Replying To The Top Message.
I Have Windows 98.
To Add/remove Programs Is.start>settings>control Panel.
Double Click Add/remove Programs Icon
The Programs Box Comes Up.
Select What You Want Removed,then Click Add/remove Box.
Programs What You Downloaded Yourself Are Ok To Delete.but I Wouldnt Mess With Programs That Are Part Of The Windows Reg.
I Found A Lot Of Programs In The Registry Need Another Program To Work Properly.
If Ones Deleted(like What I Did)especially If Ones Needed,you End Up With Dll.errors.youve Probably Remedied This Already.
Is This What You Were Wanting To Know,or Have I Read Message Wrong?
G Sharman

Teetorbilt 05-30-2005 11:03 PM

GS, the last post was almost a year ago. Thanks for your interest anyway, we can always use computer gurus. Hang around, more issues will surface.

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