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Old March 6th 10, 11:39 AM posted to microsoft.public.windowsxp.newusers
J. P. Gilliver (John)
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Default add/remove programs not populating ...

My friend's (XP) computer has just started this symptom: add/remove
comes up, but then just sits there. It does _not_ say "please wait while
list is populated". If we try the "windows components" part, that _does_

We did a restart in safe mode, and then it _did_ populate. But coming
back to normal mode - it still doesn't.

He _thinks_ it dates from when he tried to install a very old mapping
softwa when run, that said "you need Windows 95 or later" or
something like that. So he thought he'd better remove it - and that's
when A/R was found not to be working. (The old software didn't show up
in the list as it appeared under safe mode; by then he'd I think removed
it manually, but he wouldn't have touched the registry.)

I've googled - there seem to be plenty of people who have it hang at
"please wait ... populated", though some of them say it does appear
after 10 or 12 minutes. On Len's, that message doesn't appear.
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