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  1.    31 Dec 2016 #781
    Join Date : Jul 2014
    Serbia
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    Maybe you could use Revo Uninstaller with advanced scanning mode to uninstall Chrome and all the registry entries associated with it ?
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  2.    31 Dec 2016 #782
    Join Date : Oct 2014
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    Win 10 Home Build 1709 16299.19 64bit

    Revo did find the leftover key, but as stated could not uninstall. After I hit delete, in only flashed but did not complete. May try to reinstall Chrome and try Revo as you suggest.
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  3.    31 Dec 2016 #783
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    Maybe you could boot to Kyhi's recovery environment and delete the reg key that way?
    Windows 10 Recovery Tools - Bootable Rescue Disk
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  4.    31 Dec 2016 #784
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    Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16281

    Quote Originally Posted by torre View Post
    Ran RevoUninstaller which identified the leftover registry key but could not uninstall it. When I clicked "Delete" on Revo it flashed but did not uninstall the key.


    Thanks for your help. I will try other scenarios and likely will go back to 1607 and reinstall 14986. Will report anything significant.
    Aha! You downloaded Kari's ISO, which is as good as "from Microsoft to you".

    I'm thinking if you go back to 1607 and update/upgrade to 14986, you'll still have the problem.

    The time you're spending on this issue could be better spent doing a complete, bare metal install of Build 14986 from the ISO (no update/no upgrade) and then reinstalling your apps.

    Of course, it goes without saying that you should first do a complete backup before proceeding just in case of a disaster. Your choice of backup methods.
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  5.    31 Dec 2016 #785
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    Win 10 Home Build 1709 16299.19 64bit

    The time you're spending on this issue could be better spent doing a complete, bare metal install of Build 14986 from the ISO (no update/no upgrade) and then reinstalling your apps.

    Thanks for your help, Wynona.

    The original installation of 14986 was bare on a formatted hard drive (nothing else on the entire drive) from the ISO. I will keep exploring and report anything signficant. My concern is I am infected with spyware, malware, etc, though a scan is negative.
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  6.    31 Dec 2016 #786
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    3rd Rock
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    WinX Pro x64 IP v14986

    At this point, if the system thinks it is an important key, I would just leave it.

    Your other option is to clean install again and this time *don't* install Chrome on the new install if that key really is bothersome.
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  7.    31 Dec 2016 #787
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    Arnold, MD
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    Triple boot - Win 10 Pro, Win 10 Pro Insider (2) - (and a sprinkling of VMs)

    Quote Originally Posted by torre View Post
    I did a clean install with 14986 but have a Google Chrome registry key in HKCU which cannot be deleted. I manually removed Chrome(deleting registry keys, folders, checked for hidden folders) prior to the install.

    Any ideas ? Spyware, etc ? Message when trying to delete "Cannot delete google. Error while deleting key"


    Attachment 115442
    FWIW....I have Chrome and FF and Cyberfox, and Edge/IE on my 14986.1001.

    I also have that key. It's not causing any issues whatsoever. It certainly looks like a part of the Windows security. I would not try to force it to go away.

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  8.    31 Dec 2016 #788
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    Win 10 Home Build 1709 16299.19 64bit

    I certainly appreciate everyone's input.

    I am not a tinfoil hat type guy but prefer to completely remove programs and not have unnecessary/unknown registry keys. Apparently, 14986 has the Chrome key as an integral registry key even though Chrome is not installed.

    Thanks, again.


    Fix Cannot Delete Error While Deleting Key in Windows 10


    Just for info, I saw this very complicated method for taking control of the registry when a key can't be deleted. Doesn't seem like a good idea unless you are having system issues.
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  9.    31 Dec 2016 #789
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    Arnold, MD
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    Quote Originally Posted by torre View Post
    I certainly appreciate everyone's input.

    I am not a tinfoil hat type guy but prefer to completely remove programs and not have unnecessary/unknown registry keys. Apparently, 14986 has the Chrome key as an integral registry key even though Chrome is not installed.

    Thanks, again.
    Just to verify your suspicion, I went to a VM I have of 14986 that is virtually virgin, plain vanilla MS. The key is there....

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  10.    31 Dec 2016 #790
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    Win 10 Home Build 1709 16299.19 64bit

    Thanks, Tom !
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