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Vista was released to consumers on 30 January, 2007

Microsoft is warning Windows Vista users that a forthcoming service pack for the operating system may stop some third-party programs working. The software giant has released a list of programs that may be broken by the SP1 update for Vista.

Most of the software hit by the upgrade are security programs that prevent Windows users falling prey to viruses, trojans and booby-trapped webpages.

The Windows Vista update will be released to the public in mid-March.

Update loop

Service Packs are among the biggest updates Microsoft issues for its various operating systems. The software firm said SP1 makes Vista more secure and reliable and introduces some new features.

The list of programs affected by SP1 is divided into three. Some will be blocked by the update, some will not run and others will lose some of their functions.

PROGRAMS HIT BY SP1
BitDefender AV
Fujitsu Shock Sensor
Jiangmin KV Antivirus 10
Jiangmin KV Antivirus 2008
Trend Micro Internet Security
Zone Alarm Security Suite
Iron Speed Designer
Xheo Licensing
Free Allegiance
NYT Reader
Rising Personal Firewall
Novell ZCM Agent

Of the 12 programs mentioned, six block viruses or keep an eye on the places someone visits online.

Microsoft warned that its list was not “comprehensive” and asked people to get in touch with the maker of any affected software to fix problems.

Although the update will become widely available in March, Microsoft is releasing it to business customers in February.

Microsoft has also been forced to withdraw an update to Vista that was required before Service Pack 1 could be applied.

Writing on the Windows Vista blog, Nick White, Microsoft product manager, said the company had withdrawn the preparatory update while it investigated.

Isolated reports suggest that some machines on which the preliminary update has been applied go into an update loop.

He wrote: “We are working to identify possible solutions and will make the update available again shortly after we address the issue.”

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Ok, I wanted to remove a program from my pc that runs on Windows XP but I came across a problem: I went to the Update / Remove application via the Control Panel but no programs would be listed and no error message would get displayed. There are some programs that you could download to replace Windows application but before check the registry has not been altered. If it has and you have a back-up of the registry keys then do as I did and use the back-up and everything should go back to normal. Also before doing anything it is wise to stop any scanning applications that might be going on at the time you went to the update / remove program.

Also (taken from theeldergeek website):

Uninstall Programs Manually

Just because Windows XP has the Add/Remove Programs feature it doesn’t mean your application will appear in the list. Furthermore, even if it does appear, it’s no guarantee that the uninstall feature will work. When you run across one of these situations the items listed below will help in getting rid of the application. Be aware that these steps may not remove everything associated with the application and can impact other applications on the computer. Have a backup or restore point and use caution.

  • Find the directory for the application and delete all the files in the directory. Delete the directory.

  • Open regedit and navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE and find the folder for the application. Delete the folder.

  • Open regedit and navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE and find the folder for the application. Delete the folder.

  • To remove the application entry from Add/Remove Programs (if present) open regedit and navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall and find the folder for the application. Delete the folder.

  • Some applications have Services attached to them. If this is the case, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services, locate and delete the service.

  • In Windows Explorer, navigate to the individual user settings and delete program references. Common places to check would be:

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs and delete relevant entries.
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup and delete relevant entries.
C:\Documents and Settings\%YourUserID%\Start Menu\Programs and delete relevant entries.
[Do this for each User ID listed]
C:\Documents and Settings\%YourUserID%\Start Menu\Programs\Startup and delete relevant entries.
[Do this for each User ID listed]

If no entries were found in the previous step and the application launches automatically, navigate to
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows
and delete the entry.

 

 

 

 

Alternatively use System Restore:

Click on the start button, click run. then type in “C:\WINDOWS\system32\Restore\rstrui.exe” choose a date when your add/remove programs control panel worked. hope it helps.

(or go to: start/all programs/accessories/system tools/system restore)

 

 

 

 Microsoft Support has the following that might help:

Add/Remove Programs tool displays installed programs incorrectly

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Article ID : 266668
Last Review : April 17, 2007
Revision : 11.4

This article was previously published under Q266668

Important This article contains information about how to modify the registry. Make sure to back up the registry before you modify it. Make sure that you know how to restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up, restore, and modify the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

256986 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/256986/) Description of the Microsoft Windows registry

SYMPTOMS

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When you install and uninstall programs, the Add/Remove Programs tool in Control Panel may display the installed programs incorrectly. The Currently installed programs box may contain only a single text string, or may display a large blank space before the program entries. Other display problems may include that there are no listed programs. Additionally, one of the following error messages may appear:Message 1

An unexpected error occurred. Class not registered
res://appwiz.cpl/listbox.htc
Line:225

Message 2

Object doesn’t support this property or method res://appwiz.cpl/default.hta
Line: 75


CAUSE

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This problem may occur if the uninstaller for a program incorrectly removes registry entries that are used by Windows and the Add/Remove Programs tool.


RESOLUTION

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Warning Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly by using Registry Editor or by using another method. These problems might require that you reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that these problems can be solved. Modify the registry at your own risk.

To resolve this problem, follow these steps:

1. Click Start, click Run, and then type CMD.
2. At the prompt, type REGSVR32 APPWIZ.CPL.
3. If this fails, look for the registry entries that are listed below. To resolve this issue, check the registry for the following keys and values. Re-create any missing keys or values. Note that these keys use the system drive letter. You may have to adjust these entries to match the configuration of your computer.

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{00000535-0000-0010-8000-00AA006D2EA4}]
“ADODB.Recordset”
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{00000535-0000-0010-8000-00AA006D2EA4}\InprocServer32]
“C:\Program Files\Common Files\System\ado\msado15.dll”
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{00000535-0000-0010-8000-00AA006D2EA4}\InprocServer32]
“ThreadingModel”=”Apartment”
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{00000535-0000-0010-8000-00AA006D2EA4}\ProgID] “ADODB.Recordset.2.5”
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{00000535-0000-0010-8000-00AA006D2EA4}\VersionIndependentProgID]
“ADODB.Recordset”
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{2048EEE6-7FA2-11D0-9E6A-00A0C9138C29}
“Microsoft OLE DB Row Position Library”
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{2048EEE6-7FA2-11D0-9E6A-00A0C9138C29}\InprocServer32
“C:\Program Files\Common Files\System\Ole DB\oledb32.dll” “ThreadingModel”=”Both”
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{2048EEE6-7FA2-11D0-9E6A-00A0C9138C29}\ProgID
“RowPosition.RowPosition.1”
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{2048EEE6-7FA2-11D0-9E6A-00A0C9138C29}\VersionIndependentProgID
“RowPosition.RowPosition”
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{352EC2B7-8B9A-11D1-B8AE-006008059382}\InProcServer32]
“%SystemRoot%\System32\appwiz.cpl”
4. Follow the steps in one of the following procedures, as it applies to your computer, and then test to determine if this issue is resolved. If the issue is resolved, skip the remaining steps. If the issue is not resolved, go to step 5.

To resolve this issue with Internet Explorer 6.0 installed, repair Internet Explorer 6.0:

a. Click Start, and then click Run.
b. Paste the following command in the Open box, and then click OK:

rundll32 setupwbv.dll,IE6Maintenance “C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\Setup\SETUP.EXE” /g “C:\WINDOWS\IE Uninstall Log.Txt

Because this command is case sensitive, Microsoft recommends that you copy the command from this article, and then paste the command in the Open box.

To resolve this issue with Internet Explorer 5.0 or 5.5 installed, repair Internet Explorer 5.0 or 5.5:

a. Click Start, and then click Run.
b. Paste the following command in the Open box, and then click OK:

rundll32 setupwbv.dll,IE5Maintenance “C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\Setup\SETUP.EXE” /g “C:\WINDOWS\IE Uninstall Log.Txt

Because this command is case sensitive, Microsoft recommends that you copy the command from this article, and then paste the command in the Open box.

5. Perform an in-place upgrade:

Note Before you perform an in-place upgrade, make sure that you back up your data. For more information about the risks of performing an in-uplace upgrade, see the “More Information” section.

a. Run Winnt32.exe from the \I386 directory on the Windows 2000 installation CD-ROM.
b. When the Windows 2000 Setup screen appears, click Upgrade to Windows 2000.
c. Allow installation to complete.

If the Add/Remove Programs tool still does not function properly, shows no content, or if you want to try to fix this issue without upgrading to later versions of Internet Explorer, check the following registry keys to make sure that they contain entries:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Management\ARPCache

Note If the previous registry keys are blank, the Add/Remove Programs tool may also be blank.

Use the command line REGSVR32 [path\filename] to register each of the following files:

%systemroot%\System32\Appwiz.cpl
%systemroot%\System32\Mshtml.dll
%systemroot%\System32\Jscript.dll
%systemroot%\System32\Msi.dll
Program Files\Common Files\System\Ole DB\Oledb32.dll
Program Files\Common Files\System\Ado\Msado15.dll
%systemroot%\System32\Msdart32.dll [not registerable]
%systemroot%\System32\Mshtmled.dll
%systemroot%\System32\Mswstr10.dll [not registerable]

If the Add/Remove Programs tool displays incomplete information or is blank, verify the file dates. Where possible, register the following files:

%systemroot%\System32\Gdi32.dll [not registerable]
%systemroot%\System32\User32.dll [not registerable]
%systemroot%\System32\Msvcrt.dll [not registerable]
%systemroot%\System32\Ole32.dll
%systemroot%\System32\Shlwapi.dll [not registerable]
%systemroot%\System32\Imm32.dll [not registerable]
%systemroot%\System32\Indicdll.dll [not registerable]
%systemroot%\System32\Urlmon.dll
%systemroot%\System32\Version.dll [not registerable]
%systemroot%\System32\Lz32.dll [not registerable]
%systemroot%\System32\Comctl32.dll [not registerable]
%systemroot%\System32\Clbcatq.dll
%systemroot%\System32\Oleaut32.dll
%systemroot%\System32\Mlang.dll
%systemroot%\System32\Shell32.dll
%systemroot%\System32\Shdoclc.dll [not registerable]
%systemroot%\System32\NetapI32.dll [not registerable]
%systemroot%\System32\Secur32.dll [not registerable]
%systemroot%\System32\Netrap.dll [not registerable]
%systemroot%\System32\Samlib.dll [not registerable]
%systemroot%\System32\Ws2_32.dll [not registerable]
%systemroot%\System32\Ws2help.dll [not registerable]
%systemroot%\System32\Wldap32.dll [not registerable]
%systemroot%\System32\Dnsapi.dll [not registerable]
%systemroot%\System32\Wsock32.dll [not registerable]
%systemroot%\System32\Plugin.ocx
%systemroot%\System32\Wininet.dll [not registerable]
%systemroot%\System32\Crypt32.dll [not registerable]
%systemroot%\System32\Msasn1.dll [not registerable]
%systemroot%\System32\Msls31.dll [not registerable]
%systemroot%\System32\Imgutil.dll
%systemroot%\System32\Cscui.dll
%systemroot%\System32\Cscdll.dll [not registerable]

If the Add/Remove Programs tool can draw the dialog user interface, but does not display any installed program contents, check the registry for the presence of the following key:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{352EC2B7-8B9A-11D1-B8AE-006008059382}\InProcServer32

If this registry key is missing, copy the following text to a text file, save the file with a .reg extension, and then double-click the file on the affected computer to return the proper entries.

For Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00:

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{352EC2B7-8B9A-11D1-B8AE-006008059382}\InProcServer32]
@=hex(2):25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,00,25,00,5c,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,61,00,70,00,70,00,77,00,69,00,7a,00,2e,00,63,00,70,00,6c,00,00,00
“ThreadingModel”=”Apartment”


STATUS

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Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the “Applies to” section. The following list includes all the registry keys that are used by Add/Remove Programs. These keys must be set by registering Appwiz.cpl, but they are provided here for cross-reference to confirm that the registration completed successfully.

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{352EC2B7-8B9A-11D1-B8AE-006008059382}]
@=”%DESC_ShellAppMgr%”
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{352EC2B7-8B9A-11D1-B8AE-006008059382}\InProcServer32]
@=”SystemRoot%\System32\appwiz.cpl” (REG_EXPAND_SZ)
“ThreadingModel”=”Apartment”
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{0B124F8C-91F0-11D1-B8B5-006008059382}]
@=”Installed Apps Enumerator”
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{0B124F8F-91F0-11D1-B8B5-006008059382}\InProcServer32]
@=”SystemRoot%\System32\appwiz.cpl” (REG_EXPAND_SZ)
“ThreadingModel”=”Apartment”

Note This key is only available in Microsoft Windows XP.

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{CFCCC7A0-A282-11D1-9082-006008059382}]
@=”Darwin App Publisher”
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{CFCCC7A0-A282-11D1-9082-006008059382}\InProcServer32]
@=”SystemRoot%\System32\appwiz.cpl” (REG_EXPAND_SZ)
“ThreadingModel”=”Apartment”
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell Extensions\Approved]
“{352EC2B7-8B9A-11D1-B8AE-006008059382}”=”Shell Application Manager”
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell Extensions\Approved]
“{0B124F8F-91F0-11D1-B8B5-006008059382}”=”Installed Apps Enumerator”

Note This key is only available in Microsoft Windows XP.

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\App Management\Publishers\Darwin App Publisher]
@=”{CFCCC7A0-A282-11D1-9082-006008059382}”
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell Extensions\Approved]
“{CFCCC7A0-A282-11D1-9082-006008059382}”=”Darwin App Publisher”
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ControlPanel\InProcCPLs]
“appwiz.cpl”=””

Registry entries that are used once ARP is running.

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HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppInstallPath
Reads INF file. Code reads INF file name. INF section used is “AppInstallList”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Installer\Terminal Server\EnableAdminRemote
Set to 1 while ARP is running. Tells TS that ARP is running.
Set to 0 when ARP exits.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Management\Publishers Enumerates app publishers
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Wx86\cmdline
Reads to determine if wx86 is enabled.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\NewShortcutHandlers
Enumerated to obtain list of “new-link” handlers. It looks like these handlers may add a link for a given item – for instance, to the Start menu, desktop, or other items.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Shutdown\ForceReboot
Read to determine if a restart is required after running setup.
Presence of value means must-reboot == true.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\MS-DOSOptions


MORE INFORMATION

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For more information, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

265829 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/265829/) Add\Remove Programs tool may not work after installing Internet Explorer 5.5 or Internet Explorer 6 on Windows 2000

315341 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315341/) How to perform an in-place upgrade (reinstallation) of Windows XP

292175 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/292175/) How to perform an in-place upgrade of Windows 2000

 


APPLIES TO
Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86)
Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition (32-bit x86)
Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Web Edition
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition


 

 

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