Unuable to remove in add and remove

  charlton200 18:28 23 Jun 2008

When i go to add and remove to remove a program, all the delete buttons are gone. I have restarted pc but still the same.Any ideas please


  hiwatt 18:37 23 Jun 2008

When did this happen?You could try a system restore to before the problem occured.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:39 23 Jun 2008

click here
manually remove.

Some applications in Add/Remove Programs list are missing Change and Remove buttons?
click here

If that doesn't work try this.
#337 right side of page - Restore Change or Remove Programs
click here
To use the Regedits: Save the REG File to your hard disk. Double click
it and answer yes to the import prompt. REG files can be viewed in
Notepad by right clicking on the file and selecting Edit.

  charlton200 18:51 23 Jun 2008

I don't know when this happened as i haven't removed anything for a while.

Its not just a few buttons missing it all of them.

I will have a look at Fruit bat suggestions.

  charlton200 19:07 23 Jun 2008

Tried it and still no delete repair buttons.

  charlton200 19:24 23 Jun 2008

I only had 5 programs there.

  RobCharles1981 19:38 23 Jun 2008


Goto Start, Control Pannel,Administrative Tools, and Services.

Find "Application Management"

Open it, goto the General Tab

What is the startup type??

  Ditch999 19:43 23 Jun 2008

system restore to a point prior to it happened.
If that doesn't work then follow this article click here and the advice of Ramesh which will restore the necessary registry hive. (read both pages!)

  charlton200 19:58 23 Jun 2008

Start up type is Manual.

I have tried 3 system restores and all have failed.

Ramesh advise looks very complicated is it OK for amateurs?

Would the windows disc be able to fix things or am i way off.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 20:36 23 Jun 2008

Repair XP

OPTION 1 - Repair XP by replacing corrupt files

sfc /scannow

in the run box, press enter and let system file checker find and replace missing / corrupt file in windows and explorer.This will take awhile to complete and you may be asked for the CD to be in the drive if windows is not preinstalled on the hard drive.

sfc /scannow problems
click here

OPTION 2 - Repair XP by install over the top of existing system

1. Boot the computer using the XP CD. You may need to change the boot order in the system BIOS so the CD boots before the hard drive. Check your system documentation for steps to access the BIOS and change the boot order.

2. When you see the "Welcome To Setup" screen, you will see This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft Windows XP to run on your computer:

To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.

To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.

To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.

3. Press Enter to start the Windows Setup.

To setup Windows XP now and Repair Install , press ENTER.

DO NOT choose "To repair a Windows XP installation using the Recovery Console, press R", (you Do Not want to load Recovery Console).

4. Accept the License Agreement and Windows will search for existing Windows installations.

5. Select the XP installation you want to repair from the list and press R to start the repair.

6. Setup will copy the necessary files to the hard drive and reboot.

Do not press any key to boot from CD when the message appears.

Setup will continue as if it were doing a clean install, but your applications and settings will remain intact.

Repair XP
click here

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