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I have a Windows XP Pro SP3 computer. The Add/Remove Programs window opens, but programs take about 50 minutes to load. This started when I downloaded Adobe X. The error message I'm getting says there is no memory.

How can I make the Add/Remove Programs list populate more quickly?

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Can you edit your post to give more details on your machine (hard drive, CPU, memory etc.) – ChrisF Feb 15 '11 at 23:37
More system details would be very useful. I know XP can take a long time to load that list, but 50 minutes is really long. – dgw Feb 15 '11 at 23:40
Check that Windows Installer isn't corrupt. You may also have to troll through the Windows registry to find the location it is polling to look for problems there. – user3463 Feb 16 '11 at 1:08
Uninstall Adobe X, see it it returns to normal. – Moab Feb 16 '11 at 2:13

Should probably switch to Revo. Much faster and more thorough.

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See what kind of results you get with a different uninstaller (front end).

Couple small ones to try:

"MyUninstaller v1.71 - Alternative to the standard add / remove control panel module"

(don't know if this is viable for later OS's?) "Safarp is a small and fast alternative to the Add or Remove Programs Control Panel applet of Windows 2000/XP"

Oh, this too,

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FWIW CCleaner also has an Uninstall section in its Tools which I've noticed displays much faster than XP's native Add Or Remove Programs Control Panel. It's also a very useful utility in its own right. – martineau Feb 16 '11 at 8:24

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