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Programs missing from add/remove list

I'm running windows xp home sp2 and recently installed a windows update/patch which I would like to remove. However when I open add/remove programs in control panel, Windows xp and its updates are not listed.

I'm not sure if this related, but many other programs are listed without the change/remove option.

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  • david laplant Jul 10, 2008

    Thanks for the quick respons, but...



    Change or Remove is selected... Windows XP Serv Pack 2 is not in list.



    Show Updates is checked.



    Other programs listed - some will show change/remove when clicked, others won't (Windows XP not there at all)

  • letka3 Jul 11, 2008




    I'm running windows xp home sp2 and recently installed a windows update/patch which I would like to remove. However when I open add/remove programs in control panel, Windows xp and its updates are not listed.

    I'm not sure if this related, but many other programs are not-listed without the change/remove option.

    Change or Remove is selected... Windows XP Serv Pack 2 is not in list.

    Show Updates is checked.

    Other programs listed - some will show change/remove when clicked, others won't (Windows XP not there at all)

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Once you have the "Add or Remove Programs" window open look at the left side and make sure you have "Change or Remove Programs" selected. Also make sure you have the checkbox ticked that says "Show Updates".

As for the other programs in the list without the chage / remove option. You need to first click on the progam in the list to show that option.

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