Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Uninstalling OFFICESERVERS Sql Express Instance from MOSS, WSS etc...

It seems to happen quite often that I install MOSS on some machine, want to remove it but am left with some slightly unsightly left overs.

Once such left over is the OFFICESERVERS SQL Express named instance that comes with a 'Basic' install of WSS.
To rid yourself of this garish fallen soldier do the following.

1) Start->Run->regedit

2) Navigate to hkey_local_machine\software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall

3) Find the key which has a display name of OFFICESERVERS (a search from this key down is usually a good idea).
4) Once you find the key in question (it's usually a GUID), copy the text out of the 'UninstallString' key and paste it into a Start->Run dialog box. (IE. Start->Run-> 'MsiExec.exe /I{6DEF11C0-35FF-4160-A543-FDD336C4DAE5}' would be the command garnered from the image below).

5) Let the installer run and when prompted choose to remove the Sql Express instance.

That's it, your box is now slightly cleaner.

Good riddance.

Take care,

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