Old 25th November 2002, 13:23   #1
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How to COMPLETELY Uninstall Winamp 2.x?

I need to know how to COMPLETELY uninstall Winamp 2.x and all its components from my system. I ran the "Winamp (remove only)" uninstall in Windows Add/Remove Programs, then ran RegClean which cleared out a number of Registry entries.

However, upon doing a Registry search for "Winamp", I found there were quite a number of entries related to Winamp still remaining in the Registry. Below is just a partial list of those Registry entries. That said, I have 2 questions:

1. Is Winamp's uninstall supposed to remove all Registry entries in addition to the program and system files it installs?

2. If not, then how does one safely clean up the Registry of all these leftover Winamp entries?

Thanks,
Diane

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CDDBControlWinamp.CddbDisc
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CDDBControlWinamp.CddbDisc\CLSID
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CDDBControlWinamp.CddbDisc\CurVer
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CDDBControlWinamp.CddbDisc.1
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CDDBControlWinamp.CddbFullName.1
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CDDBControlWinamp.CddbTrackManager
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CDDBControlWinamp.CddbTrackManager.1
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CDDBControlWinamp.CDDBWinampControl
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CDDBControlWinamp.CDDBWinampControl.1
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CDDBControlWinamp.FullName
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CDDBUIControlWinamp.CddbWinampUI
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CDDBUIControlWinamp.CddbWinampUI.1
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{43918f8f-f3be-4760-b4bb-6c89d9d91487}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{43918f8f-f3be-4760-b4bb-6c89d9d91487}\ProgID
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{43918f8f-f3be-4760-b4bb-6c89d9d91487}\Programmable
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{43918f8f-f3be-4760-b4bb-6c89d9d91487}\VersionIndependentProgID
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{44b09a5f-5dee-4539-8001-d4b2d45c2876}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{44b09a5f-5dee-4539-8001-d4b2d45c2876}\Control
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{44b09a5f-5dee-4539-8001-d4b2d45c2876}\Insertable
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{44b09a5f-5dee-4539-8001-d4b2d45c2876}\MiscStatus
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{44b09a5f-5dee-4539-8001-d4b2d45c2876}\MiscStatus\1
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{44b09a5f-5dee-4539-8001-d4b2d45c2876}\ProgID
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{44b09a5f-5dee-4539-8001-d4b2d45c2876}\Programmable
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{44b09a5f-5dee-4539-8001-d4b2d45c2876}\Version
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{44b09a5f-5dee-4539-8001-d4b2d45c2876}\VersionIndependentProgID
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{96632d1e-f3eb-4f54-ba79-9969692db659}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{96632d1e-f3eb-4f54-ba79-9969692db659}\ProgID
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{96632d1e-f3eb-4f54-ba79-9969692db659}\Programmable
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{96632d1e-f3eb-4f54-ba79-9969692db659}\VersionIndependentProgID
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{d4387178-98ca-4929-b8e3-a11cd2f333a6}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{d4387178-98ca-4929-b8e3-a11cd2f333a6}\Programmable
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{fba38bcf-e23d-4979-811e-1326bbadb8c8}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{fba38bcf-e23d-4979-811e-1326bbadb8c8}\ProgID
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{fba38bcf-e23d-4979-811e-1326bbadb8c8}\Programmable
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{fba38bcf-e23d-4979-811e-1326bbadb8c8}\VersionIndependentProgID
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Netscape\Netscape Navigator\Viewers
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Netscape\Netscape Navigator\Viewers.BAK
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\.mp3
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CDDBControlWinamp.CddbDisc
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CDDBControlWinamp.CddbDisc.1
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CDDBControlWinamp.CddbFullName.1
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CDDBControlWinamp.CddbTrackManager
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CDDBControlWinamp.CddbTrackManager.1
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CDDBControlWinamp.CDDBWinampControl
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CDDBControlWinamp.CDDBWinampControl.1
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CDDBControlWinamp.FullName
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CDDBUIControlWinamp.CddbWinampUI
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CDDBUIControlWinamp.CddbWinampUI.1
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CDDBUIControlWinamp.CddbWinampUI.1
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CDDBUIControlWinamp.CddbWinampUI\CurVer
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CDDBUIControlWinamp.CddbWinampUI.1
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{43918f8f-f3be-4760-b4bb-6c89d9d91487}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{44b09a5f-5dee-4539-8001-d4b2d45c2876}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{96E31637-59F3-11D0-AD1F-00AA00A219AA}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{96632d1e-f3eb-4f54-ba79-9969692db659}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{d4387178-98ca-4929-b8e3-a11cd2f333a6}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{fba38bcf-e23d-4979-811e-1326bbadb8c8}
HKEY_USERS\.Default\Software\Netscape\Netscape Navigator\Viewers
HKEY_USERS\.Default\Software\Netscape\Netscape Navigator\Viewers.BAK
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Old 25th November 2002, 13:25   #2
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try running uninstall.exe from the winamp dir.

and some (most?) of those reg keys are netscape and others, NOT winamp.
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Old 25th November 2002, 14:00   #3
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binary hero,

Thank you for your reply. I reinstalled full Winamp 2.80, rebooted, and then tried uninstalling it using *UninstWA.exe* in the Winamp folder, as you recommended. I rebooted, and then ran RegClean which again cleared out a few Winamp Registry entries. But upon checking the Registry, the same entries are still there (as listed in my earlier post.)

I understand that some of those entries are related to Netscape (which I never use), and which most likely got installed via some pre-installed factory apps. But it seems the vast majority of those entries are related to CDDB/Winamp, so I don't understand why Winamp's uninstaller doesn't delete those also - - since it apparently created them.

Is there some CDDB uninstaller that I'm not aware of? Or does this come down to manually deleting all Registry keys related to Winamp? And if the latter, are any of those keys required by other apps?

Diane
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Old 25th November 2002, 14:02   #4
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the cddb entries could be from almost any cd ripper. Do you have cdex installed? i think that has winamp controls, it could be that.
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Old 25th November 2002, 14:06   #5
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No cd ripper or cdex ever installed, so that's ruled out. But Winamp does include a CDDB option in its install, so I assume that's where all those CDDB Registry entries came from??
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Old 25th November 2002, 17:36   #6
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REG Cleaner

I use jv16 PowerTools for cleaning my reg. it is the best out there (it's benn tested) http://www.jv16.org try it out! It will find a lot of entries to remove!
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Old 26th November 2002, 22:07   #7
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Many thanks, neXus20. I'll give jv16 a try - - before manually hacking the Registry.

I sure would like to know where/how I picked up all those CDDB entries. I'm highly suspicious of Winamp, or a related plugin, but I suppose it could have happened elsewhere.....
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Old 26th November 2002, 23:07   #8
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Seems like those entries are created by Gracenote cddb.com
(as used under licence by Winamp's default in_cdda.dll plugin)

Someone ought to bring this to both Justin & Gracenote's attention,
so that these reg keys are wiped when Winamp is uninstalled.

Then again, it's not as bad as some programs...
Talking of Netscrape, I remember a few years back when I uninstalled v4x
(hey, I never installed it in the first place, it was already there with the comp)
and when I searched the registry afterwards, there was over 800 references to Netscape remaining. Now that's what I call bad programming!

btw, you should be able to manually remove all those keys without doing any harm whatsoever. It's pointless having regkeys referring to software that's no longer installed. All it does is slow down the comp.
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Old 26th November 2002, 23:24   #9
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yeah, a few extra kilobytes of registry can cause easily noticeable slowdowns on my old good 512meg work machine.
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Old 28th November 2002, 00:47   #10
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DJEgg,

Thanks for that clarification. I rather suspected that those CDDB Registry entries were somehow connected with Winamp, or one of its related plugins as you indicated.

You're right - - Winamp's uninstall should be modified to clear those CDDB keys from the Registry also when one has need to perform a complete uninstall. But how to get that done gives me pause. I don't know who/where to convey that recommendation.

In the interim, I'll take the matter "in hand" and hack all of those CDDB entries out of the Registry (after backing it up, of course).

You're reply is most appreciated.

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Old 28th November 2002, 06:19   #11
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@Diane
The pleasure is all mine, hehe

@Peter
But all those few extra kilobytes add up, with the more programs that leave entries behind . . .
and processor speed & ram have got nothing to do with it!
A clean registry means a trouble free and errorless working system,
ie. assuming there's no viruses present, or hardware / driver-related problems, of course.
A well written piece of software will record all registry entries created on installation, and will remove them all on uninstallation. That's all . . .
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This is malicious software - BLOG
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Old 21st February 2007, 00:35   #13
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Huh?

Old thread locked. Please don't revive 5 year old threads, especially by posting bs.
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