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Q: I accidentally deleted a program without uninstalling it. How do I remove it from the Add/Remove Programs list? It is really driving me crazy.

A: On Windows systems it's always best to remove software by using either the uninstaller that came with the program or the Add/Remove Programs control panel. If you merely delete the program's folder, you leave parts of the program strewn around your hard drive, wasting space and causing problems.

Furthermore, as you've noticed, the program's uninstall entry stays in the Add/Remove Programs control panel, even though selecting it results in an error. To remove the useless uninstall entry, use TweakUI.

Download TweakUI free from www.winmag.com/downloads. After you install it, open the Control Panels folder in My Computer, double-click TweakUI, click the Add/Remove tab, and then delete the obsolete entry.

Be careful with the Remove button, though. If you delete the Add/Remove Programs entry for an existing program, you might not be able to uninstall it later.

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