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Can anyone help me uninstall SQL Server 6.5 so I can re-install?  Installing over the top didn't work.  Keeping the current install isn't an option.  Help, I'm going round in circles!
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by:robinM
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Forgot to add.
Server running MS BackOffice Small Business Server 4.0
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When you run the sql install (not backoffice setup), one of the options is to uninstall SQL Server. Along with Install CLient Utilities.
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The version of SQL Server has been installed from BackOffice Small Business Server.  What can I do to uninstall it?

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by:cognition
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In the SQL server directory there is an executable called setup.exe. Try running that. After the intial screens if they appear, is the optionto remove sql server. With small business edition, it may be in control panel, add/remove programs.

Or if it is one of those installs where you can select different components, run setup and deselect SQL server.
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by:robinM
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Running the setup.exe program did not work.  The option was there to uninstall, but it was greyed out, hence I could not select it.
SQL server does not appear in the control panel, add/remove programs.
Any other ideas
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by:cognition
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If it is greyed out, it looks like it is not installed properly.
Can't you just delete the MSSQL directory, and then reinstall.
You mazy have to trawl the registry for SQL server bits and peices, but there isn't much with SQL 6.5


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by:robinM
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I'm not used to messing about with the registry.  What would I need to do?
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by:cognition
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Be very careful!
Back it up first !
The click start, run, type in regedit
Then search for MSSQL or SQL.

You may be better just to reinstall from scratch NT then SQL.

Try reinstalling after you have deleted the MSSQL directory. That may work. Why doesn't a reinstall work anyway?
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by:jrsjr
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My SQL 6.0 manual has an option to have SQL rebuild the registry.  I would try that first.  Check your manual -- but mine says:

cd \sql\binn
setup /t RegistryRebuild = On

Type exactly as shown..
Hope this helps.
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by:robinM
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I found the solution was to add/remove programs on the Small Business Server Option.  This presented me with a list of sub-components, one of which was MS SQL.  Thanks for everyone's help.
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