Add/Remove from Control Panel fails

By jccrall
Mar 10, 2007
  1. I'm running Win 2000 pro with SP4 and all updates.

    When I try to uninstall a program I find that clicking on Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel causes Notepad to pop up with an error message "The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect."

    Other Control Panel items work, so I suspected a corrupt registry value but restoring the registry from my backup program does not cure the problem.

    Any suggestions?

  2. Char_X

    Char_X TS Rookie Posts: 170

    A friend of mine experienced this problem and he solved it by installing SP4. I think you should check your OS for updates. Good luck!
  3. Sjbrand99

    Sjbrand99 Banned Posts: 260

    Does this problem remain constant no matter which program you try and uninstall, or just for a few/one?
  4. jccrall

    jccrall TS Rookie Topic Starter


    I cannot enter the Add/Remove program. When I click on the icon in Control Panel it opens Notepad with the error message and NOT the Add/Remove Programs window. So, I cannot try to uninstall any program.


    Ok I reinstalled Service Pack 4 and sure enough that cured the problem.

    Thanks for the tip.
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