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Uninstall Project Server 2003

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Hello Good People,

I have a predicament, in that I am unable to uninstall Microsoft Project Server 2003 from my Windows Server 2003 R2 x64 server.

Using Add/Remove Programs I get the same error:
            Product: Microsoft Office Project Server 2003 -- Removal failed.
            Event ID: 11725

I've searched through EE and trying tricks such as finding the Uninstall string in Registry (which doesn't exist), I can't seem to repair or reinstall the original software possibly due to service packs, so now I'm left with the dilema of manually removing the software by hacking it out of registry.

Before I attempt such a brutal task, is there anyone who has encountered anything like this before and have a safer solution for removing Project Server?

Many Thanks

Andy
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Hi Andy,

I have installed and removed Project Server 2003 quite a few times over the past few years and haven't run into this particular problem.  

Where I have on rare occasion seen similar problems with other products, the problem has been caused by the inadvertent corruption or manual deletion of some critical file.

If you are going to do a manual cleanup, don't forget that Project Server also has bits and pieces stored in the SQL Server (databases and security login entries), IIS (in the Inetpub directories) and in the WSS databases.  If you have built a cube somewhere along the line, don't forget the Analysis services data.

Be sure you have a complete backup set before you start down this path.

By far and without question, the safest approach would be to reload the server OS from scratch.

Bob Segrest, PMP
MCIPT, Microsoft Project Blackbelt
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After a lot of reluctance, formatting the server was the only way.  Suffice to say MS Project server never made it back.  Thanks anyway
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