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uninstalling virtual machine additions server 2003

Posted on 2008-10-23
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I want to blow away virtual machine from a Windows 2003 server that it was installed on.  However, when I go to uninstall it I get a message - {\Tahoma8  you can only install virtual machine additions on a machine....} which basically makes it sound like I want to install rather than uninstall.

How do I get rid of this.  
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So you installed a virtual machine, migrated it to a physical machine without removing the VM additions first, and are now trying to uninstall the VM additions from the physical machine?
Oh, the fun I had with this ...
You need to install Orca (part of a really huge download, while Orca is only few megs; if you google for "msi editor orca", you'll find some other download sources, which of course might need to be treated carefully ...) or another msi editor. Copy the VM additions msi, open it in Orca, and change it to disable the VM check; f I remember correctly, there were two entries to disable.
You should then be able to use your edited msi to uninstall the VM additions.
How to use the Orca database editor to edit Windows Installer files
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/255905
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by:lineonecorp
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Thanks for the quick reply and sorry for my slow response - a lot of upgrade mileage after I sent the question off.

You got the situation right on. I am going to have to wait for a window of opportunity this week to do this and get back to you.
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I haven't gotten around to this yet but the moderators are asking me to close questions sooner rather than later so thanks again and if it works I'll see about making an additional comment.
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Hi ObDA, any chance you can give a little more detail on how to disable the VM check. I have trid with orca and set sequence to 0 and 9999 and completely removed the lines referring to CheckForRunningInsideAVirtualMachine
but still no luck, any chance you can remember what you did on this one?
Appreciate any help...
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You'd need to ask your "own" question; feel free to post a link in here, I'll try to help if I have the time.
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