How do I remove unwanted entries from the Control Panel?

By: Christopher Moeller

Abstract: Removing unneeded Control Panel items

Question:

I have a left over entry in the Control Panel for a Java Plug-In that I uninstalled. How do I manually remove this entry fromt he Control Panel?

 

Answer:

Removing Unnecessary Items From the Control Panel.

Go to Start, Find, Files or Folders, and search for all files with the extension *.cpl. Locate the one for the application that you no longer have. To do this, you may need to just double-click on each one till you find the right one. When you locate the file, move it to the Recycle Bin, but don't permanently delete it. First, refresh your desktop by clicking anywhere on it and hitting F5. If and when the applet disappears from the Control Panel, you can permanently delete the .cpl file.


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