Can't Uninstall Visual Studio 2003

Posted on 2005-04-08
Last Modified: 2010-05-18
Hi Experts,

I have Visual Studio 2003 installed on my machine that I'm getting ready for Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2 to be released on April18th.  I'm running into a problem trying to uninstall Visual Studio 2003 via the "Add/Remove Programs" approach.  The uninstall process starts and proceeds to a point where it then displays a dialog indicating that the installer can't find a file that it's looking for and the uninstall is cancelled.  I wish that I could provide you with more information but the message is that generic -- no specific file name is identified.  Reciently, I ran a disk cleaning application (System Mechanic) to clean up my hard drive.  I'm guessing that it has caused the problem that I'm now experiencing.  The easiest suggestion is to fdisk and reinstall everything.  I want to avoid doing this if at all possible.  I've searched the web and haven't found any documentation on this issue.  Have any of you experienced this and if so how did you uninstall Visual Studio 2003?


Question by:ClaySeifert
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    Expert Comment

    there is no need to uninstall VS 2003, in order to have 2005 present.  I have BOTH VS 2003 (for real, active development) and also the VB 2005 Express Beta version installed, for familarization with the new capabilities, and they are very comfortable together.  


    Author Comment

    Point of clarification -- my hard drive is nearly maxed out which is why I ran the System Mechanic to get rid of junk.  So I need to remove Visual Studio 2003.
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    Expert Comment

    Try reinstalling VS 2003 on top of your existing copy, then choose repair instead of install.  Then when its repaired, uninstall it.
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    Accepted Solution

    You can also uninstall from disk 1 of the program set.

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