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Posted on 2001-08-02
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Hello,

does anyone know how can I remove an odbc driver from my system?

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The standard practice for removing odbc drivers is the same as any other application.  Go through the add/remove programs control panel applet.  If this doesn't work, you could try manually removing the driver from the filesystem and registry.  However, any number of applications on your system could have a dependency on this particular odbc driver.

If the add/remove options has failed then it is probably because you have data sources defined that depend on this odbc driver.  If the uninstall program were to completely remove the driver then you would not be able to modify the data sources any longer, not even to delete them.  And it's not good practice for an uninstall program to delete user files (data sources) so it's a catch-22.

To manually remove the driver, perform the steps in this order:

1: shut down any services that may be using this driver (may need to stop odbc tracing if it's on).

2: remove any data sources that use the driver (through the control panel).

3: remove the file pointed to by the registry entry:
HKLM\SOFTWARE\ODBC\ODBCINST.INI\<driver name>\Driver

4: remove the following registry entries:
HKLM\SOFTWARE\ODBC\ODBCINST.INI\<driver name>
HKLM\SOFTWARE\ODBC\ODBCINST.INI\ODBC Drivers\<driver name>
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