Take the 2-minute tour ×
Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

When I try to uninstall a program from Windows 7 through the Control Panel (Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Programs and Features, and not a third-party software like Revo Uninstaller) I see this error message:

programs and features dialog popup

Please wait until the current program is finished uninstalling or being changed

How can I know which program is being installed or uninstalled?

Looking at the task manager can give some hints:

task manager list

but it's a bit tedious and might not be obvious. Is there a better way? And without having to just restart Windows?

Several people use the same computer (using the same Windows account). Taskbar doesn't always show all programs as some being installed or uninstalled might not have a taskbar item (typically a background process that is on hold for whatever reason).

share|improve this question

1 Answer 1

Do yourself a favor and restart the computer.

By doing so, windows will tell you which programs are still in use. After it restarts, try to uninstall the same program you did before, it should most likely work again.

If you are not the only person on the computer, its impossible to know what the other users have done while you were not there, If there are no programs running actively, it sounds like some kind of weird glitch I've never heard of.

share|improve this answer
Thanks but I have some running servers and would prefer not to kill them, as initiating a Windows restart would do. Windows logs a bunch of stuff, that could be a way to know what other users did. –  Franck Dernoncourt Aug 30 '14 at 17:57

protected by Community Oct 23 '14 at 15:29

Thank you for your interest in this question. Because it has attracted low-quality answers, posting an answer now requires 10 reputation on this site.

Would you like to answer one of these unanswered questions instead?

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.