Oh for G's sake, why is uninstalling SQL Server 2016 such a ridiculous MESS?! RRS feed

  • Question

  • I just happily upgraded SQL Server 2016 to 2017, also adding Management Studio and Server Data Tools. All went flawlessly.

    Though it is rather bizarre to get 3 menu's installed:

    • - SQL Server 2017
    • - SQL Server 2017 RC1
    • - SQL Server Tools 17

    After testing, I obvious wanted to remove SQL Server 2016. And there I got into the SWAMP.

    AGAIN, as I faintly remembered from previous times, and was signified by old remnants of various installations .

    > There is NO simple uninstall option in the Programs menu.

    > The Installation Center has NO option for removing.

    > There are NINE components in Programs and Features list, some apparently for 32 bits, others for 64. And a lot of them FAIL.

    Trying to Uninstall/Change components.

    • - SQL Server 2016 : can't do anything.
    • - SQL Server 2016 (64-bit): seems to work, but is still in the list afterwards.
    • - Various other parts: despite some initial error messages, succeeded.
    • - SQL Server 2016 Setup: Fails, mentioning a invisible 2016 parts that are supposed to depend on it.

    So I am still stuck with 3 2016 parts I am not able to remove. JEEZ!!

    I am not the only one, I have found various complaints about the same thing, some already YEARS old.

    Personally I am still stuck with components of SQL Server 2008, 2012, 2014 and 2016!

    An attempt to clean-up that old junk.

    • - Trying to remove 2008 Setup Support Files: I get an error message about 2016! Incredible!!
    • - Wanting to remove 2012 Native Client: I get an error message about 2017! ...
    • - Trying to remove 2014 Setup: I get an error message about 2016! ...

    This is Uninstall HELL.

    PLEASE improve that!!


    Friday, October 6, 2017 11:29 AM

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  • Robertie,

    So you upgraded to SQl Server 2017 from SQL Server 2016 right ? If that is so I would say leave the components as it is and there is definitely no need to uninstall setup support files.

    I totally agree uninstalling sql server with multiple instances is sometimes messy



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    Friday, October 6, 2017 11:53 AM