All Installed Programs May Not Be Displayed in the Add/Remove Programs Tool

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You may notice that all of the programs that are installed on your computer may not be displayed in the Add/Remove Programs tool.


This behavior occurs if a program's DisplayName or uninstall key name is longer than 63 characters.


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To resolve this issue:
  1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
  2. Locate the following registry key:
  3. Click the folder of the program that has more than 63 characters in the title, right-click DisplayName, and then click Modify.
  4. In the Value data box, type a name with less than 63 characters, and then click OK.
  5. If the program's uninstall key name is longer than 63 characters, shorten it also. For example, the following key name is too long:
  6. Quit Registry Editor.


Article ID: 240348 - Last Review: January 25, 2007 - Revision: 2.4
  • Microsoft Windows 98 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition
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