I have recently been testing and working with the managed installs with Kace. I setup a managed install to uninstall cutepdf 2.8 using the uninstall command line of C:\Program Files\Acro Software\CutePDF Writer\uninscpw.exe /q /n.  It did infact uninstall it however I can still see the program in add and remove programs. I am sure I am missing something simple. Could one of you fine people point me in the right direction of how to ensure that it removes a program from add and remove programs in control panel. It skews my inventory feed and reporting.

K1000 Version 5.4xxxx

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  • I found this program from Microsoft to be quite handy. Run through it and choose the options to uninstall and then choose the program from the list and I've found it to clear things for me before. http://support.microsoft.com/mats/Program_Install_and_Uninstall/en-us
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Usually I will look in the Windows registry at

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall

for the product GUID and then execute an uninstall against the GUID like so

msiexec.exe /x{GUID-HERE} /qn

This is a really helpful utility for finding uninstall info: http://www.itninja.com/blog/view/how-to-find-uninstall-strings

Answered 06/13/2013 by: mpace
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  • The method you used left the keyset in the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall area, if there is no uninstall command there, like mpace mentions you will need to use your method and add a reg delete at the end to also remove that keyset.
  • [pops on pedant's hat...]
    >add a reg delete at the end to also remove that keyset.
    ...having first run some code to determine that the uninstall was, in fact, successful.
  • Perfect thank you!
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