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Had a situation the other day where, after playing with the different installing options, WSS would not uninstall. Even running the repair option was of no help.

Searching the net for solutions I came across this.

Here are the steps I did:

  • Disable and Stop the following services (If any):
    • Windows SharePoint Services Administration
    • Windows SharePoint Services Search
    • Windows SharePoint Services Timer
    • Windows SharePoint Services Tracing
    • Windows SharePoint Services VSS Writer


  • Backup and then delete the following registry hives:
    • HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Shared Tools\Web Server Extensions\12.0
    • HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\WSS


  • Delete the following folders:
    • C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\12


  • Reinstall IIS


  • Drop the Config and any Content DB's created


After following the steps above you will notice that the entry for WSS in Add & Removed Programs is no longer there. Now you can go-ahead and run the installation again.


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Posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2008 3:04 PM WSS , Administration & Configuration , Troubleshooting | Back to top

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had a similar issue. This worked for me.

Left by lou on Mar 26, 2009 10:45 AM

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That internet help that you came through was a long torturous journey that I personally would not take. Well I have never tried uninstalling wss. But I think uninstalling does not create problems unless that was a wrong program all together.
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Thank you, this is exactly what I needed to fix my problem.
Left by Chris on Apr 18, 2013 4:58 AM

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