Odd 'Add/Remove Programs' screen

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My Add or Remove Programs window under the Control Panel is acting strangely.
Once the list 'populates,' it is broken into two parts. Most of the entries
are at the top of the window, but to get to the bottom of the list I must
scroll down through enormous blank-white and jet-black areas, easily five to
ten times the length of the combined entries. Everything seems to work
properly, but I'm worried that something may have insinuated itself in the
Registry, or wherever this information is really stored. Any ideas?
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    Add or Remove - White Space caused by Autocad
    http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_a.htm#ws

    ....Alan
    --
    Alan Edwards, MS MVP Windows - Internet Explorer
    http://dts-l.org/index.html

    On Thu, 8 Sep 2005 13:35:01 -0700, "Jim Wood"
    <JimWood@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

    >My Add or Remove Programs window under the Control Panel is acting strangely.
    > Once the list 'populates,' it is broken into two parts. Most of the entries
    >are at the top of the window, but to get to the bottom of the list I must
    >scroll down through enormous blank-white and jet-black areas, easily five to
    >ten times the length of the combined entries. Everything seems to work
    >properly, but I'm worried that something may have insinuated itself in the
    >Registry, or wherever this information is really stored. Any ideas?
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    Hi, Alan,

    Thanks for the link. I don't have any AutoDesk products on this
    computer, but did note the bit about a negative number in the Display Icon
    string. I'm nervous about changing any of this, although I do see negative
    zeros in three places. Yahoo Messenger has a Display Icon 'Data' string that
    ends: ....\ypager.exe,-0. 'Minus Zeros' also holds true for Zone Alarm Pro
    and for AdAware SE. Don't know if this is what the fix is talking about or
    not. Unless you have a specific recommendataion, I think I'll just live with
    the white space.

    "Alan Edwards" wrote:

    > Add or Remove - White Space caused by Autocad
    > http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_a.htm#ws
    >
    > ....Alan
    > --
    > Alan Edwards, MS MVP Windows - Internet Explorer
    > http://dts-l.org/index.html
    >
    > On Thu, 8 Sep 2005 13:35:01 -0700, "Jim Wood"
    > <JimWood@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    >
    > >My Add or Remove Programs window under the Control Panel is acting strangely.
    > > Once the list 'populates,' it is broken into two parts. Most of the entries
    > >are at the top of the window, but to get to the bottom of the list I must
    > >scroll down through enormous blank-white and jet-black areas, easily five to
    > >ten times the length of the combined entries. Everything seems to work
    > >properly, but I'm worried that something may have insinuated itself in the
    > >Registry, or wherever this information is really stored. Any ideas?
    >
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    Hi Jim

    I am not sure if a negative zero is really what the fix is talking
    about either but if you export the Uninstall key to a Registration
    file, you can see if removing the ",-0" has any effect.
    I have a few with -0 and have no problem.

    If you want to send me an export of the Uninstall key, I will see what
    I can do.

    ....Alan
    --
    Alan Edwards, MS MVP Windows - Internet Explorer
    http://dts-l.org/index.html

    On Thu, 8 Sep 2005 14:58:02 -0700, "Jim Wood"
    <JimWood@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

    >Hi, Alan,
    >
    > Thanks for the link. I don't have any AutoDesk products on this
    >computer, but did note the bit about a negative number in the Display Icon
    >string. I'm nervous about changing any of this, although I do see negative
    >zeros in three places. Yahoo Messenger has a Display Icon 'Data' string that
    >ends: ....\ypager.exe,-0. 'Minus Zeros' also holds true for Zone Alarm Pro
    >and for AdAware SE. Don't know if this is what the fix is talking about or
    >not. Unless you have a specific recommendataion, I think I'll just live with
    >the white space.
    >
    >"Alan Edwards" wrote:
    >
    >> Add or Remove - White Space caused by Autocad
    >> http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_a.htm#ws
    >>
    >> ....Alan
    >> --
    >> Alan Edwards, MS MVP Windows - Internet Explorer
    >> http://dts-l.org/index.html
    >>
    >> On Thu, 8 Sep 2005 13:35:01 -0700, "Jim Wood"
    >> <JimWood@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    >>
    >> >My Add or Remove Programs window under the Control Panel is acting strangely.
    >> > Once the list 'populates,' it is broken into two parts. Most of the entries
    >> >are at the top of the window, but to get to the bottom of the list I must
    >> >scroll down through enormous blank-white and jet-black areas, easily five to
    >> >ten times the length of the combined entries. Everything seems to work
    >> >properly, but I'm worried that something may have insinuated itself in the
    >> >Registry, or wherever this information is really stored. Any ideas?
    >>
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    Hi, Alan,

    Boy, you snowed me on that one. I've no idea how to export the
    Uninstall Key to a Registration file; would this be required for each of the
    many entries?
    I did Google the white space problem and found quite a bit of
    information. One was a freeware program called Add-Remove Pro from
    superwin.com. It was a small program, which I trusted and ran, but it did
    not show any 'missing links' or corruped list entries.
    This whole white space thing started after I uninstalled two programs
    today. One was Spy Sweeper and the other was System Mechanic. These were
    supplied to me at no charge by a local shop that also replaced my XP-Home
    with XP-Pro. This latter "upgrade" caused me to get caught up in the Windows
    Validation situation, which I 'solved' by purchasing a validating key for
    XP-Pro from Microsoft. (The losers at the shop are gone, of course!)
    Anyhow, I feel that the white space has something to do with uninstalling
    these programs, because the Add/Remove panel looked just fine before I did
    this.
    Actually, the white space is not a particular bother because I seldom
    use the add/remove utility. And because my entire livelihood is on this
    machine, I am scared s---less to mess with the Registry, etc.

    Jim


    "Alan Edwards" wrote:

    > Hi Jim
    >
    > I am not sure if a negative zero is really what the fix is talking
    > about either but if you export the Uninstall key to a Registration
    > file, you can see if removing the ",-0" has any effect.
    > I have a few with -0 and have no problem.
    >
    > If you want to send me an export of the Uninstall key, I will see what
    > I can do.
    >
    > ....Alan
    > --
    > Alan Edwards, MS MVP Windows - Internet Explorer
    > http://dts-l.org/index.html
    >
    > On Thu, 8 Sep 2005 14:58:02 -0700, "Jim Wood"
    > <JimWood@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    >
    > >Hi, Alan,
    > >
    > > Thanks for the link. I don't have any AutoDesk products on this
    > >computer, but did note the bit about a negative number in the Display Icon
    > >string. I'm nervous about changing any of this, although I do see negative
    > >zeros in three places. Yahoo Messenger has a Display Icon 'Data' string that
    > >ends: ....\ypager.exe,-0. 'Minus Zeros' also holds true for Zone Alarm Pro
    > >and for AdAware SE. Don't know if this is what the fix is talking about or
    > >not. Unless you have a specific recommendataion, I think I'll just live with
    > >the white space.
    > >
    > >"Alan Edwards" wrote:
    > >
    > >> Add or Remove - White Space caused by Autocad
    > >> http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_a.htm#ws
    > >>
    > >> ....Alan
    > >> --
    > >> Alan Edwards, MS MVP Windows - Internet Explorer
    > >> http://dts-l.org/index.html
    > >>
    > >> On Thu, 8 Sep 2005 13:35:01 -0700, "Jim Wood"
    > >> <JimWood@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    > >>
    > >> >My Add or Remove Programs window under the Control Panel is acting strangely.
    > >> > Once the list 'populates,' it is broken into two parts. Most of the entries
    > >> >are at the top of the window, but to get to the bottom of the list I must
    > >> >scroll down through enormous blank-white and jet-black areas, easily five to
    > >> >ten times the length of the combined entries. Everything seems to work
    > >> >properly, but I'm worried that something may have insinuated itself in the
    > >> >Registry, or wherever this information is really stored. Any ideas?
    > >>
    >
  5. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    Hi Jim.

    One export is all and once you have an export, then it is a backup of
    the Uninstall key and can be restored.
    If you keep your finger away from Delete, then you can do no harm.
    (and even then you have to confirm the delete)


    What I want you to do: (should you choose to)

    Use Regedit.
    (Start-Run-Regedit)
    Navigate down to the key below.
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall

    Ensure the highlight is on the key in the left-hand pane.
    Use the menu option Registry-Export in Win9x/ME (File-Export in XP)
    and export that key to a registration (*.reg) file.
    In Win9x/ME, use Save as type: Registration Files (*.reg)
    In XP, use Save as type: Win9x/NT Registration Files (*.reg)

    Send me that file as an attachment, not embedded in the body of the
    email.

    ....Alan
    --
    Alan Edwards, MS MVP Windows - Internet Explorer
    http://dts-l.org/index.html

    On Thu, 8 Sep 2005 16:32:02 -0700, "Jim Wood"
    <JimWood@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

    >Hi, Alan,
    >
    > Boy, you snowed me on that one. I've no idea how to export the
    >Uninstall Key to a Registration file; would this be required for each of the
    >many entries?
    > I did Google the white space problem and found quite a bit of
    >information. One was a freeware program called Add-Remove Pro from
    >superwin.com. It was a small program, which I trusted and ran, but it did
    >not show any 'missing links' or corruped list entries.
    > This whole white space thing started after I uninstalled two programs
    >today. One was Spy Sweeper and the other was System Mechanic. These were
    >supplied to me at no charge by a local shop that also replaced my XP-Home
    >with XP-Pro. This latter "upgrade" caused me to get caught up in the Windows
    >Validation situation, which I 'solved' by purchasing a validating key for
    >XP-Pro from Microsoft. (The losers at the shop are gone, of course!)
    >Anyhow, I feel that the white space has something to do with uninstalling
    >these programs, because the Add/Remove panel looked just fine before I did
    >this.
    > Actually, the white space is not a particular bother because I seldom
    >use the add/remove utility. And because my entire livelihood is on this
    >machine, I am scared s---less to mess with the Registry, etc.
    >
    >Jim
    >
    >
    >"Alan Edwards" wrote:
    >
    >> Hi Jim
    >>
    >> I am not sure if a negative zero is really what the fix is talking
    >> about either but if you export the Uninstall key to a Registration
    >> file, you can see if removing the ",-0" has any effect.
    >> I have a few with -0 and have no problem.
    >>
    >> If you want to send me an export of the Uninstall key, I will see what
    >> I can do.
    >>
    >> ....Alan
    >> --
    >> Alan Edwards, MS MVP Windows - Internet Explorer
    >> http://dts-l.org/index.html
    >>
    >> On Thu, 8 Sep 2005 14:58:02 -0700, "Jim Wood"
    >> <JimWood@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    >>
    >> >Hi, Alan,
    >> >
    >> > Thanks for the link. I don't have any AutoDesk products on this
    >> >computer, but did note the bit about a negative number in the Display Icon
    >> >string. I'm nervous about changing any of this, although I do see negative
    >> >zeros in three places. Yahoo Messenger has a Display Icon 'Data' string that
    >> >ends: ....\ypager.exe,-0. 'Minus Zeros' also holds true for Zone Alarm Pro
    >> >and for AdAware SE. Don't know if this is what the fix is talking about or
    >> >not. Unless you have a specific recommendataion, I think I'll just live with
    >> >the white space.
    >> >
    >> >"Alan Edwards" wrote:
    >> >
    >> >> Add or Remove - White Space caused by Autocad
    >> >> http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_a.htm#ws
    >> >>
    >> >> ....Alan
    >> >> --
    >> >> Alan Edwards, MS MVP Windows - Internet Explorer
    >> >> http://dts-l.org/index.html
    >> >>
    >> >> On Thu, 8 Sep 2005 13:35:01 -0700, "Jim Wood"
    >> >> <JimWood@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    >> >>
    >> >> >My Add or Remove Programs window under the Control Panel is acting strangely.
    >> >> > Once the list 'populates,' it is broken into two parts. Most of the entries
    >> >> >are at the top of the window, but to get to the bottom of the list I must
    >> >> >scroll down through enormous blank-white and jet-black areas, easily five to
    >> >> >ten times the length of the combined entries. Everything seems to work
    >> >> >properly, but I'm worried that something may have insinuated itself in the
    >> >> >Registry, or wherever this information is really stored. Any ideas?
    >> >>
    >>
  6. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    Hi, Alan,

    The Reg Key is enroute by regular e-mail.

    Jim
  7. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    Hi Jim

    The fix is on its way back to you.

    ....Alan
    --
    Alan Edwards, MS MVP Windows - Internet Explorer
    http://dts-l.org/index.html

    On Fri, 9 Sep 2005 09:28:02 -0700, "Jim Wood"
    <JimWood@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

    >Hi, Alan,
    >
    > The Reg Key is enroute by regular e-mail.
    >
    >Jim
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