Windows – How does the Windows add/remove programs list get populated

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Just out of curiosity: how does the Windows add/remove programs list get populated?
Is it because most/all common installation wrappers set one or more specific registry keys?

Best Answer

  • you are right, the information which programs are installed and how they can be deinstalled is mainly derived from the registry elements saved here:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall
    
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