Unistalled now I can't reinstall

Posted on 2004-10-06
Last Modified: 2008-02-26
Hello experts,

Iiiiaammm, back

I uninstalled sql on my local machine and I tried to set it so that I kept EM so I can connect to servers remote.  Well I uninstalled it all.  Now when I go back to install the tools, I get a message that says Setup has detected an existing client tools only installation.  Please use the maintenace mode to add client components.

I have no Idea how to get these tools back!

:-) David
Question by:dtolo
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You have to re-install SQL Server but select 'client tools only'.


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i get to the part where I can choose sql tools only and I get the message:

Setup has detected an existing client tools only installation.  Please use the maintenace mode to add client components.
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Expert Comment

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Sorry, should have read your description more closely.    Have you rebooted after the un-install?   I've never experienced a problem like yours and I'm uninstalling/re-isntalling SQL Server on desktop pc's quite a lot.   Once you un-install and reboot, the next SQL install should not detect any previous installation.   Check the 'add/remove programs' applet in Control Panel and see if SQL Server is still listed and, if necessary, uninstall from there.


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I I initially removed it via control panel add remove programs rebooted and get the error when I try to install tools only.  I suspect it may be a registry entry but don't know where to begin.
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AustinSeven earned 500 total points
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this might help... Follow the link below and look for the section  "Remove all known instances of SQL Server":-


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