I can't use add/remove programs

By Karmashock ยท 7 replies
Aug 18, 2006
  1. It's weird, I can open it up but inside there aren't any buttons to press that allow you to "remove" programs.

    Ok... look... I'm not an *****... I know what add/remove programs normally looks like... I've used it a million times... something's weird in here. The "remove" buttons are simply gone.

    Anyone know what does this?

    I'm sure it's something stupid... but it's really annoying.
  2. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    Probably caused by spyware!!!
  3. altheman

    altheman TS Rookie Posts: 425

    I had this problem once, dunno how it happened. I had to reinstall all my apps, somehow my registry got corrupted :( and wouldn't let me remove.
  4. Karmashock

    Karmashock TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 223

    well I can use a different app to uninstall stuff... is there a fix for this? A way to repair the registery perhaps?
  5. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Posts: 2,115

    you try to do a system restore?

    maybe try do a sfc /scannow using cmd or windows repair..
  6. Karmashock

    Karmashock TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 223

    weird... sfc /scannow askes for the XP disc... but it keeps asking me to retry AGAIN and AGAIN and AGAIN. It's extra weird because if I very quickly hit retry every time the progress bar advances... anyone know what that is? Is it skipping the file or is it finding it after a 'retry'?

    And why would it need to ask me to retry when it's RIGHT THERE!?! It's weird...

    I'm being drowned in weirdness... I should wear bunny ears and giant carnavel stilts... just to express the weirdness...
  7. regilb

    regilb TS Rookie

    1) sfc /scannow <-- does require ur installation disk for winxp
    2) is your user login with administration rights?
    3) to repair registry try registry mechanic.
  8. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    reinstall the appwiz.cpl from disc
    check all you .cpl files by double click they shoulpen tha program
    you may have to repoint all your programs (reinstall)
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