Copyright (c) 2017 Nir Sofer
UninstallView is a tool for Windows that collects information about all programs installed on your system and displays the details of the installed programs in one table.
You can use it to get installed programs information for your local system, for remote computer on your network, and for external hard-drive plugged to your computer.
It also allows you to easily uninstall a software on your local computer and remote computer (Including quiet uninstall if the installer supports it).
MyUninstaller vs UninstallView
MyUninstaller is a very old tool originally developed in 2003 and it's now considered as outdated. UninstallView
replaces the old MyUninstaller tool.
This tool works on any version of Windows, starting from Windows XP and up to Windows 10.
Both 32-bit and 64-bit systems are supported.
- Version 1.13:
- Fixed bug: UninstallView merged 2 uninstall entries (32-bit and 64-bit) into one if they had the same Registry name and the same display name but different uninstall string.
- Version 1.12:
- Added 'Put Icon On Tray' option.
- Version 1.11:
- Added 'Always On Top' option.
- The properties window is now resizable.
- Version 1.10:
- Added option to choose another font (name and size) to display in the main window.
- Added /cfg command-line option, which instructs UninstallView to use a config file in another location instead if the default config file, for example:
UninstallView.exe /cfg "%AppData%\UninstallView.cfg"
- Version 1.05:
- You can now choose the desired encoding (ANSI, UTF-8, UTF-16) to save the csv/xml/text/html files. (Under the Options menu)
- Fixed problem with exporting to csv uninstall item that its Comment field contains new-line character (Like 'Adobe Acrobat Reader DC' uninstall item).
- Version 1.00 - First release.
Start Using UninstallView
UninstallView doesn't require any installation process or additional DLL files. In order to start using it, simply run the executable file - UninstallView.exe
After running UninstallView, it scans your local system and collects all information about the programs installed on your system.
When the scanning process is finished, the installed programs information is displayed in the main window.
Notice: UninstallView first takes the official uninstall information in the Registry provided by the software itself and then
tries to complete any missing information from other places. It's possible that some of the unofficial information collected by UninstallView will be inaccurate.
Loading uninstall information from other sources
In order to load uninstall information from other sources (instead of your current system), press F9
(Advanced Options) and choose the desired option in the 'Load From' combo-box:
- Local system - current user:
This is the default option, the uninstall information is loaded from your local system and current user.
- Local system - all users:
UninstallView loads the uninstall information from your local system and current user, and also from all other users on this system.
The scanning of other users works only if you have read access to the profile of other users and their Registry file is not locked. It's recommended to use this option with elevation (Ctrl+F11)
- Remote computer:
UninstallView loads the uninstall information from a remote computer on your network.
You need admin access to the remote machine in order to use this option. Also, if the Remote Registry service on the remote machine is turned off,
you should turn on the 'Automatically turn on the remote Registry service' option.
- Remote computer - all users:
Similar to the 'Remote computer' option, but in this option UninstallView also scans the Registry of all user profiles on the remote system.
The scanning of other users works only if you have read access to the profile of other users and their Registry file is not locked.
- External drive:
UninstallView loads the uninstall information from external hard drive plugged to your computer.
You may need to run UninstallView as administrator (Ctrl+F11) in order to access the Registry files on the external drive.
- Older Uninstall data from shadow copy (Requires elevation):
If you have shadow copies on your system, you can watch the installed programs list from the day that the shadow copy was created.
With UninstallView you can choose 3 different loading speeds: (In 'Advanced Options' window)
The medium/fast speed might be useful if you connect a remote computer and the loading process is too slow.
But... Be aware that some of the uninstall details will be missing when using the Medium/Fast mode.
There is also "Don't load icons" option that might increase the loading speed by avoiding from loading the icons of installed programs.
- Slow with most details (The default)
- Medium speed with medium details
- Fast with least details
Uninstall a software with UninstallView
UninstallView provides 3 option to uninstall a software:
- Uninstall Selected Software:
This option runs the standard uninstall command of the software, like in the 'Programs and Features' module in Control Panel of Windows.
- Change Install Of Selected Software:
This option runs the standard change install command of the software (Only if it's available), like in the 'Programs and Features' module in Control Panel of Windows.
- Quietly Uninstall Selected Software:
This option runs the uninstall of the software without displaying any user interface. Only if quiet/silent uninstall is available for this software.
You can check whether UninstallView can initiate a quiet uninstall by looking at the 'Quiet Uninstall String' column.
If it's not empty, it means that there is quiet uninstall support.
Uninstall a software on remote network computer
UninstallView allows you to uninstall a software on a remote computer by using the PsExec tool from SysInternals/Microsoft.
You have to put PsExec.exe in the same folder of UninstallView.exe and then the uninstall options will be enabled when connecting a remote machine.
The most useful option for remote computer is 'Quiet Uninstall' because the software is uninstalled without displaying anything on the screen of the remote computer.
Be aware that the uninstall on the remote machine is executed with SYSTEM user, and some uninstallers might work improperly when running them remotely.
The Options Menu
- Uninstall Run Mode:
In this option you choose how UninstallView runs the uninstall command when using the 'Uninstall Selected Software', 'Change Install Of Selected Software' and 'Quietly Uninstall Selected Software' actions:
- Run as administrator if it's required:
This is the default option. UninstallView will run the uninstall command as administrator (elevation) only if it's required by the installer or by the operating system.
- Always run as administrator:
UninstallView will always run the uninstall command as administrator.
- Show 'System Component' Items:
By default, UninstallView doesn't display the uninstall items marked with 'System Component' attribute (The standard uninstall tool of Windows also hides them).
You can turn on this option in order to view these 'System Component' items.
Be aware that when this option is turned on, you might see multiple uninstall items with identical display name.
- Show Items With Parent Uninstall Entry:
By default, UninstallView doesn't display uninstall items with parent uninstall entry (ParentKeyName Registry value). The standard uninstall tool of Windows also hides them.
You can turn on this option in order to view uninstall items with parent entry.
- Show Items Without Uninstall String:
By default, UninstallView doesn't display uninstall items that don't have uninstall command string.
You can turn on this option in order to view these items, but be aware that UninstallView cannot uninstall these items.
- Show Items Without Display Name:
By default, UninstallView doesn't show uninstall items that don't have display name.
You can turn on this option if you want to view these items.
- Allow Uninstall Of Multiple Items:
If you enable this option, UninstallView will allow you to uninstall multiple programs at once.
It's very powerful, but it also might be fatal if you use it improperly (For example: running quiet uninstall for all software on your system...). Enabling this option is on your own risk.
- Display Name:
The official display name of the software (Stored in the Registry)
- Registry Name:
The name of the Registry key (under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall or HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall )
- Display Version:
The official display version of the software (Stored in the Registry)
- Registry Time:
The date/time that the Registry key of the software was modified. In most cases, this date/time represents the time that the software was installed or updated.
- Install Date:
The official install date of the software, stored in the Registry by the installer of the software.
- Installed For:
If the software was installed for specific user (under HKEY_CURRENT_USER) the name of the user profile is displayed.
If the software was installed for all users (under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE), this columns tells you whether it's 32-bit or 64-bit installation.
- Install Location:
The path of the folder whether the software is installed.
The creator of this software.
- Uninstall String:
Full command to uninstall this software.
- Quiet Uninstall String:
Full command to quietly uninstall this software.
- Change Install String:
Full command to change the installation of this software.
Comment about the software, stored in the uninstall Registry key by the software installer.
- About URL:
URL for the link to the publishers home page or the application's home page.
- Update Info URL:
URL for the link used to update information on the application.
- Help Link:
Internet address for technical support
- Install Source:
The folder that contained the installer files.
- Installer Name:
Name of the installer that was used to install this software (Windows Installer, Nullsoft Install System, Inno Setup, and others...)
- Release Type:
Displays the release type of this software, like 'Security Update', 'Update Rollup'. For most installed programs, this field is empty.
- Display Icon Path:
Full path of filename that contains the icon of the software.
- MSI Filename:
Specifies the MSI filename of this software (Windows Installer only)
- Estimated Size:
Estimated size of this software (Taken from the Registry)
Displays attributes stored in the uninstall Registry key of this software ,like 'System Component', 'No Modify', 'Windows Installer'.
Langauge of the software (like en-US)
- Parent Key Name:
Displays the Registry name of the parent uninstall item.
Be aware that uninstall items with parent are displayed only when the 'Show Items With Parent Uninstall Entry' option is turned on.
- Registry Key:
Full Path of the uninstall Registry key.
Uninstall the specified software. You can specify the 'Display Name' or 'Registry Name', for example:
UninstallView.exe /uninstall "Google Chrome"
Quietly uninstall the specified software (Without displaying user interface). You can specify the 'Display Name' or 'Registry Name'.
Change the installation of the specified software. You can specify the 'Display Name' or 'Registry Name'.
Start UninstallView with the specified configuration file.
UninstallView.exe /cfg "c:\config\unv.cfg"
UninstallView.exe /cfg "%AppData%\UninstallView.cfg"
||Save the installed programs list into a simple text file.
||Save the installed programs list into a tab-delimited text file.
||Save the installed programs list into a comma-delimited text file (csv).
||Save the installed programs list into a tabular text file.
||Save the installed programs list into HTML file (Horizontal).
||Save the installed programs list into HTML file (Vertical).
||Save the installed programs list into XML file.
This command-line option can be used with other save options for sorting by the desired column.
The <column> parameter can specify the column index (0 for the first column, 1 for the second column, and so on) or
the name of the column, like "Display Name" and "Display Version".
You can specify the '~' prefix character (e.g: "~Publisher") if you want to sort in descending order.
You can put multiple /sort in the command-line if you want to sort by multiple columns.
/ShowItemsWithoutUninstallStr [0 | 1]
/ShowItemsWithoutDisplayName [0 | 1]
/ShowSystemComponents [0 | 1]
/ShowItemsWithParent [0 | 1]
/LoadFrom [1 - 6]
/ComputerName [Computer Name]
/LoadingSpeed [1 - 3]
You can use any variable inside the .cfg file in order to set the configuration from command line, here's some examples:
Load uninstall data of all users on the remote computer with IP address 192.168.0.55 and also display 'System Component' entries:
UninstallView.exe /LoadFrom 4 /ComputerName "192.168.0.55" /ShowSystemComponents 1
Load uninstall entries of all users on this system including items with parent entry, and export them to csv file:
UninstallView.exe /LoadFrom 2 /ShowItemsWithParent 1 /scomma "c:\temp\uninstall1.csv"
Load uninstall data of current user on remote computer 192.168.0.101 in 'Fast' loading speed and export to html file:
UninstallView.exe /LoadFrom 3 /ComputerName "192.168.0.101" /LoadingSpeed 3 /shtml "c:\temp\uninstall1.html"
Translating UninstallView to other languages
In order to translate UninstallView to other language, follow the instructions below:
- Run UninstallView with /savelangfile parameter:
A file named UninstallView_lng.ini will be created in the folder of UninstallView utility.
- Open the created language file in Notepad or in any other text editor.
- Translate all string entries to the desired language.
Optionally, you can also add your name and/or a link to your Web site.
(TranslatorName and TranslatorURL values) If you add this information, it'll be
used in the 'About' window.
- After you finish the translation, Run UninstallView, and all translated
strings will be loaded from the language file.
If you want to run UninstallView without the translation, simply rename the language file, or move
it to another folder.
This utility is released as freeware.
You are allowed to freely distribute this utility via floppy disk, CD-ROM,
Internet, or in any other way, as long as you don't charge anything for this and you don't
sell it or distribute it as a part of commercial product.
If you distribute this utility, you must include all files in
the distribution package, without any modification !
The software is provided "AS IS" without any warranty, either expressed or implied,
including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness
for a particular purpose. The author will not be liable for any special, incidental,
consequential or indirect damages due to loss of data or any other reason.
If you have any problem, suggestion, comment, or you found a bug in my utility,
you can send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org
UninstallView is also available in other languages. In order to change the language of
UninstallView, download the appropriate language zip file, extract the 'uninstallview_lng.ini',
and put it in the same folder that you Installed UninstallView utility.