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Wicked Little-Known App from Microsoft (yes Microsoft)

15-Apr-06 08:36 pm EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

I recently had cause to stumble across this little utility which, although labeled as part of the "Office Update" hegemony, is actually applicable to a lot of problems encountered by developers and average users alike: the "Windows Installer Clean Up" utility.  Outlined in a couple of Microsoft Support articles, the description of the software along with the download link is in article Q290301.  (Or just download it here.)

The first application of this for me had nothing to do with MS Office at all, rather I was having problems installing (and uninstalling components) of Microsoft SQL Server 2005. (See "Microsoft SQL Server Installation: One Bumpty Ride!!!", dated April 15, 2006 in this blog.)

It works great – very simple to use; and comes in very handy when one is trying to uninstall software that seemingly won’t uninstall for some reason.  Specifically (to summarize), this app helps get rid of bogus and/or orphaned entries in the Add/Remove Programs section of the registry.  Hope this helps someone out there – it certainly helped me…

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