How to Repair Add/Remove Programs in Windows XP

by Bobson St. Pierre
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In Microsoft Windows, one of the most convenient ways to remove an installed program and all its components and files is using the "add and remove programs" utility in the control panel. On rare occasions, the utility may not function correctly. When you click to access it, you may get an error or simply a blank screen without a list of the programs. This problem may occur if certain conditions of a number of files are not met, two of the files in question are Appwiz.cpl and Mshtml.dll. Fortunately correcting this problem is not as complex as you may think, and should take no more than 10 minutes.

Step 1

Click "Start" then "Run"

Step 2

Type "regsvr32 Appwiz.cpl" and click "Enter." Click "OK" on the "RegSvr32" dialog box.

Step 3

Type "regsvr32 mshtml.dll" and click "Enter." Click "OK" on the "RegSvr32" dialog box.

Step 4

Type "regsvr32 shdocvw.dll -i" and click "Enter." Click "OK" on the "RegSvr32" dialog box.

Step 5

Type "regsvr32 shell32.dll -i" and click "Enter." Click "OK" on the "RegSvr32" dialog box.

Reboot the computer and access the add/remove programs utility, which should now work properly.


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About the Author

Bobson St. Pierre started writing professionally in 2007 as a copywriter for his Web design firm, Bobson Consulting Corp. He keeps a blog and has written an e-book titled, "Fail your way to success!" St. Pierre holds a Bachelor of Science in computer science from DeVry University in North Brunswick, N.J.

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