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How to Uninstall MWSUS but not MSDE

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My MWSUS installation is writing loads of bad events to the event log, having read up I think that the best way to remedy this is to uninstall / re-install, however when I go to uninstall it, it also wants to remove MSDE database engine, however I have another app (Sophos) on the server that uses MSDE and I dont want to render it useless and have to re-install that also, any ideas
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BarkersIT,

Each program has it's own MSDE instance installed.  So uninstalling the WSUS MSDE instance won't harm the Sophos MSDE installation.  If you look in C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL there should be separate directories for MSSQL$WSUS and MSSQL$SOPHOS (or some such name) as well as any other MSDE engine you have running.  Just as a precaution though to make you feel more confident, you can always just stop the Sophos Service and make a copy of its MSSQL folder before uninstalling WSUS.  Of course, you should always have a FULL backup of your server before installing or uninstalling ANYTHING.

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Even though it says

The following items will be removed along with the MWSUS
- Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Desktop Engine?

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Yes, even though it says that.  

If you look in your Add/Remove Programs I would suspect you will see more than one Microsoft SQL Server Desktop Engine listed.  :-)

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