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Default Programs - Remove a Listed Program

How to Remove a Listed Program in Default Programs for Windows 7 and Vista
Published by Brink
07 Jan 2011
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How to Remove a Listed Program in Default Programs for Windows 7 and Vista

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By default, you would normally uninstall a program to remove it from the list of programs in Set Default Programs. This will show you how to remove your choice of any program listed in the Windows 7 and Vista Set Default Programs window without having to uninstall the program instead.

You must be logged in as an administrator to be able to do this tutorial.

Note   Note
This can be handy if you uninstalled a program and it was not removed from the list in Set Default Programs, or you just did not want the program to be listed in Set Default Programs.

EXAMPLE: Set Default Programs
NOTE: Notice the program (ex: Axialis IconWorkshop) now removed in the left screenshot without having to uninstall it.


To Backup and Remove a Program Listed in Default Programs
1. Open the Start Menu, then type regedit in the search box and press Enter.

2. If prompted by UAC, click on Yes (Windows 7) or Continue (Vista).

3. In regedit, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)

4. To Backup the List of Programs in Default Programs
NOTE: It is highly recommended that you do this to backup your list of default programs so you will be able to restore any program(s) in OPTION TWO below that you delete.
A) In the left pane of regedit, right click on RegisteredApplications, and click on Export. (see screenshot above)

B) Type in a name (ex: Default_Programs-RegisteredApplications.reg), and save this to your Desktop. (see screenshot below)
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C) Move this exported REG file to where you will like to keep it saved it. This will be your only backup of the listed programs in Default Programs before you delete any of them below.
5. In the right pane of RegisteredApplications, right click on the program (ex: Axialis IconWorkshop) that you want removed from the list in Default Programs and click on Delete. (see screenshot below)
6. Click on Yes to confirm the deletion. (see screenshot below)
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7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 for any other program you want to be removed from the list in Default Programs.

8. Close regedit when finished.

9. If open, close and reopen Default Programs to see the change. (see example screenshots at top of tutorial)

To Restore Backup of Listed Programs in Default Programs

NOTE: You will only be able to do this if you did step 4 in OPTION ONE above.
1. Double click on the exported REG file that you exported in step 4 of OPTION ONE above, and approve the merge when prompted.

2. If open, close and reopen Default Programs to see the change. (see example screenshots at top of tutorial)
That's it,

02 May 2014   #1

Windows 7 Pro 64Bit


Not Quite right for my situation: I have TWO Entries for Eudora OSE Mail and News

FYI: I had been using Mozilla Thunderbird for Mail, but removed it. Now I see via REGEDIT and registeredApplications, I still have Thunderbird in use as Eudora OSE uses Thunderbird MBox type files.

Any way to fix this? DbSeven

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02 May 2014   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 10586

Hello Donald,

It appears to be the Thunderbird and Thunderbird (News) string values that are showing as the second set of Eudora default programs.

Deleting those two should remove them for you. Be sure to export the RegisteredApplications key as a .reg file first to have as a backup to be able to restore the Thunderbird and Thunderbird (News) string values if needed or wanted later though.
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