Monday, October 15, 2007

How to uninstall SQL 2005 if it's missing in Add/Remove Programs

First of all - here is the support KB article.
In my case - I was unable to uninstall SQL 2005 even manually from the command line (ArpWrapper was ceasing to work, displaying some "Registry Enumeration Failed" error and uninstalling components with MsiExec using their GUID's listed in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall just didn't worked).

I was able to do it by uninstalling SQL components manually with Microsoft Windows Install Clean Up utility (do it in order, specified in KB article).


Reena'N'Jo said...

hi alex i have a question, how to uninstall sql server 2005, when i do from remove programs it wont let me do it. any help would be highly appreciated


Alex Pinsker said...

Hi Reena,
What is the error you are getting?
Anyway - you may try to use Windows Installer CleanUp Utility ( Be advised that you should use it with care and read its instruction.
Let me know if it works for you.