I have a PC image on a number of computers, it's an old image and probably needs redoing, but that's a job for another time.

It has an application, with an old version installed in an advertised state, it seems to be assigned to the computer.

I'm trying to remove it, however it refuses saying uninstall is only valid for products that are installed.

I'm trying to pull it out of the registry and have removed shortcuts from the default user profile, but no matter what, when a new user signs on and gets a profile, it's there again, advertised in Control Panel.

It's possible this program was installed in this manner in the original image, or a Group Policy from an old domain, no longer active, however I can't see anything relating to the application in Local Machine Software Group Policy and Polices keys.

Does anyone know specifically where in the registry or default user profile "advertised applications" are recorded?
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Is this possibly being pushed from an SMS Server?
Answered 03/23/2012 by: WGM_Jeff
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  • For XP you can find the reg location here:

    Jeff has a point though, it sounds like it may be more than just an old installation that needs to be cleaned from add/remove.
  • It might have been originally, and then an image taken and used as a base build. The problem I'm having is I ripped it out of the registry (then discovered I had to load Default User\NTuser.dat to edit the default new user settings) to remove it from the Registry all together.

    Unfortunately, when I run a new install, using the msiexec /i with the dialog box, selecting "All Users" and running the install... it installs for the current user, but appears as "avertised" to all other users on the PC and tries to re-run the installer. However, if I install this software on a brand new PC, wiped and loaded with a different image/fresh load of XP, then I install as admin, log on as a normal "new" user, and it still appears as installed, not advertised. I'm confused what's wrong with this PC image.
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I realized as I was submitting that you were referring to advertised apps, not the add/remove, so I apologize for misconstruing your question, if indeed I did...
Answered 03/23/2012 by: Moedius
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  • Well, it appears under Add/Remove programs.
    I'm trying to remove it entirely, as it seems to be installed as "advertised", when another user other than the one that installed it, runs it, it tries to install. Then reinstall it, see above reply on progress with that.
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