XP: Add/Remove Programs Doesn’t Work – Programs List is Blank

When you try to use the Add/Remove Programs feature in the Windows XP control panel, you may have a problem because the list of programs or Currently installed programs comes up blank and never appears.

To try to fix this issue, follow these steps:

1. Click Start > Run.

2. Type regsvr32 appwiz.cpl and click OK.

3. Click OK on the dialog box that appears.

Now give Add/Remove Programs a try.


  1. John says

    Worked for me after I rebooted and entered the info. Program list opened and quickly loaded. Thank you

  2. Rudy says

    I tried using the “regsvr32 appwiz.cpl” but my programs list is still Blank. Any other ideas … please?

  3. bblboy54 says

    Try rebooting your computer and once it restarts run the regsvr32 appwiz.cpl command before doing anything else.

  4. EH says

    Add/Remove no longer opens after typing in regsvr32 appwiz.cpl. Does anyone have any help with this? Thanks

  5. verne says

    Love the bit about not having to look at blank page..! I did the regsvr32 appwiz.cpl and had the same response, nothing happening at all..

  6. Cirick says

    I did the regsvr32 appwiz.cpl and now add and remove programs doesn’t even open. Well at least I don’t have to look at a blank page

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