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Windows 7: Lots of dead EXE files listed in registry

23 Dec 2013   #1
bawldiggle

XP/7x32 & x64/8x64/8.1x64
 
 
Lots of dead EXE files listed in registry

I have just uninstalled two programs "MediaInfo" and "MediaTab" with RevoUninstaller... (on a test rig)
- rebooted the PC
For interest sake I searched the registry for MediaTab and found the download path to MediaTab in ..
Code:
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1412963132-789858852-2145561432-1000\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\Compatibility Assistant\Persisted
... there are also
23 full names of download files (some files no longer exist)
5 installed apps/programs (still operational apps/programs)
3 installation/download EXE files on an external HDD
13 items with value prefix SIGN.MEDIA=XXXXX ... all refering to portable Revouninstaller I keep on an external HD
Lots of dead EXE files listed in registry-archived-exe-files.png

- rebooted PC to see if the list in the "Persisted" key is cleaned up.
- Apparantly not!

Can I delete the obsolete names/items manually. None of the EXE files are captured by CCleaner?




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23 Dec 2013   #2
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I would just leave them Russell they won't do harm and take minimal HDD space.
CCleaner is a non-aggressive registry cleaner, the only one I recommend. It won't remove anything important. Those keys would be re-created each time you run the portable programs.
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23 Dec 2013   #3
bbinnard

Win7-64
 
 
Try using Uninstaller Pro

Advanced Uninstaller PRO Free Download - Program Uninstaller

It first runs the program's own uninstaller and then searches for any leftover registry entries and files/folders and gives you the option of deleting those or not. I've used it for several years now and never had a problem.

Note: if you uninstall a program and it's uninstaller tells you to reboot after it's done DO NOT do this - you need to run the Uninstaller Pro searches for registry entries and files first. After this rebooting is fine.
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23 Dec 2013   #4
crankypenguin

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I have had great results with Revo Uninstaller Pro
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23 Dec 2013   #5
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bbinnard View Post
Advanced Uninstaller PRO Free Download - Program Uninstaller

It first runs the program's own uninstaller and then searches for any leftover registry entries and files/folders and gives you the option of deleting those or not. I've used it for several years now and never had a problem.

Note: if you uninstall a program and it's uninstaller tells you to reboot after it's done DO NOT do this - you need to run the Uninstaller Pro searches for registry entries and files first. After this rebooting is fine.
The free one does this too, but the Pro version seems to have a much more complete list of programs.
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23 Dec 2013   #6
bawldiggle

XP/7x32 & x64/8x64/8.1x64
 
 

Thanks Britton30 +1

I was curious as to why portable Revouninstaller is listed in the PC registry.
"Because it just does!" I can live with that.

Not worth my worrying about strings in the registry.
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bbinnard
if you uninstall a program and it's uninstaller tells you to reboot after it's done DO NOT do this - you need to run the Uninstaller Pro searches for registry entries and files first. After this rebooting is fine.
I made the mistake of rebooting during middle of Revouninstall'ing -- ONCE! and only once !
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24 Dec 2013   #7
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GrayGhost2 View Post
Thanks Britton30 +1

I was curious as to why portable Revouninstaller is listed in the PC registry.
"Because it just does!" I can live with that.

Not worth my worrying about strings in the registry.
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I made the mistake of rebooting during middle of Revouninstall'ing -- ONCE! and only once !
Ouch!
You're welcome.
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