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I have 100 Server 2003 boxes I need to uninstall Outlook Express from.

I need a command line that will get the job done so that I can script it.

I have already changed the sysoc.inf on all the servers via a script that I wrote, so I just need to know if there is a way to pull it out of there without going to add/remove programs.

Thanks!
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You've checked out http://support.microsoft.com/kb/222444?  I'm assuming so since you mention the sysoc.inf file.

Your answer file (c:\ocm.txt) should contain:

[components]
oeaccess = false

then run
sysocmgr /i:%windir%\inf\sysoc.inf /u:c:\ocm.txt
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Correction:
oeaccess = off
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I didn't find the sysoc.inf info in that article, but I think now that you have enlightened me, I'll be able to get this thing finished.

Thanks.
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I'm not sure what these servers are doing.  The command line runs, but it does not remove OE.  Even if I do it through the Add/Remove programs, it acts like it's doing something and it removes the check mark in the Windows Components section, but the OE binary is still there and it can be executed without a problem.

Very strange.
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The script you mentioned earlier that changed the sysoc.inf file, what did it do exactly?
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just took the 'hide' out of the line for oeaccess
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So the line reads
OEAccess=ocgen.dll,OcEntry,oeaccess.inf,,7
correct?

Can you try reversing your script and trying again?
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Yea.. I tried that.  I put hide back in there and it didn't make a difference.
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Hey Jared Luker,

This question has kind of morphed into something different.  I'm not sure exactly either what is happening with OE for you.  I've attempted to recreate the issue, but haven't been able to get this to fail the same way.  I've also been unable to to find some type of reference to this issue anywhere else.  

I did find something here --> http://www.product-key.com/remove-outlook-express.htm, it's not freeware tho.  Sorry I'm not much use beyond that.
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I'm just using the command line to take the check mark out of OE in add/remove components and just deleting the contents of the Outlook Express folder.  That'll do the job I think.
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