After uninstalling Java, how do I remove its listing in the Windows Uninstall/Remove Programs?
This article applies to:
After Java is uninstalled, Java icon is still visible in the Windows Control Panel
For Windows XP: Add or Remove Programs
For Windows 7: Uninstall Programs
The Java uninstaller fails to delete registry entries from the Windows registry during the process of uninstalling Java. Since these registry keys are not removed from the Windows registry, the Java icon is still visible in the Windows Control Panel.
Recommended Method: Microsoft Fix it utility
Run the Microsoft Fix it utility to repair corrupted registry keys that prevents programs from being completely uninstalled or blocking new installations and updates.
Manual Registry Edit (Use this only if the Fix it utility does not work)
You can use the File->Export functionality of the registry editor to save the registry key before deleting. Then, in case you deleted the wrong registry key, you can restore the registry from your saved backup file, by using the File->Import functionality in the Windows Registry Editor.
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