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Removing Microsoft SQL Server 2005


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#1 Jen Joluene

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 01:22 PM

I want to remove Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Setup from my computer. I tried to remove it using Add/Remove Programs, but I received the following error:

Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Setup

There was an unexpected failure during the setup wizard. You may review the setup logs and/or click the help button for more information.


I clicked on the help button, but this "help" function required me to send information to Microsoft. I am not sure that I want to do this.

Is there another way to remove this software? I found a tutorial of how to do this, but I know nothing of the company that wrote the tutorial. It is located at, How to uninstall MS SQL Server 2005 manually!

I am also a little nervous when I am asked to make changes to my Registry. Is this the way to go, or does someone have a better (maybe easier) way to delete my SQL Server 2005?

Edit: Moved topic from XP to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

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#2 garmanma

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 03:17 PM

I would follow Microsoft's directions

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/909967

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms143412.aspx
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#3 Jen Joluene

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 03:53 PM

A quick review of Microsoft's instructions tells me that I will need to read and re-read the instructions several times and then dedicate a considerable amount of time to completing the instructions.

Maybe leaving the Microsoft SQL Server 2005 on my computer is the easiest course of action; at least for now.

Thank you for you help!

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 04:36 PM

It's not for the faint of heart.
I recently had to uninstall a MS application. After going through 5 pages of notes and instructions, It didn't remove everything and I ended up reinstalling the OS anyways
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