How to Fix the Invalid Uninstall Control File Problem

Fix Invalid Uninstall Control File Problem

Sometimes when you uninstall a program you will still see it in the Add or Remove Programs or Programs and Features list.

And when you try to delete this program you will get the following error message: "Invalid Uninstall Control File: C:\Program Files\uninstall.xml".

This is called an invalid entry and this tutorial will show you step by step how to safely delete invalid entries in Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10.

But first:

What is an "Invalid Entry"?

Invalid entries are entries that are no longer in use, and can be deleted from the Windows registry.

And now:

How to Remove Registry Entries for Uninstalled Software

Important note! These steps will show you how to make changes to the Windows registry. If done incorrectly, serious problems might occur.

Don't worry.

I will show you how to create a backup of the Windows registry first, so if you do something wrong you can simply double-click on the backup file to restore the Windows registry.

Just follow my steps carefully.

1. How to Backup and Restore the Windows Registry

1. Press on the Windows + R keyboard keys to open a "Run" window.

2. Enter regedit and click on "OK".

3. Click on "File" located at the top left and choose "Export".

4. Select a location on your computer where you want to save the backup file.

5. Enter a name for your backup file at "File name".

6. Click on "Save".

To restore the backup, just double-click on the backup file.

2. How to Delete a Invalid Entry

1. Press on the Windows + R keyboard keys to open a "Run" window.

2. Enter regedit and click on "OK".

3. Click on "HKEY_Local_Machine" to expand.

4. Scroll down to "Software" and click on › to expand.

5. Scroll down to "Microsoft" and click on › to expand.

6. Scroll down to "Windows" and click on › to expand.

7. Scroll down to "Current Version" and click on › to expand.

8. Scroll down to "Uninstall" and click on › to expand.

Invalid Uninstall Control File

9. Scroll down to the folder (entry) of the software you want to delete.

10. Right-click on the folder (entry) and choose "Delete".

If you can't delete the entry, then start Windows in "Safe Mode" and try again.

If you did something wrong like deleting the wrong entry (folder) or encounter any problems, then just double-click on the backup file that you've created.