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Problem uninstalling SQL 2005 Express

Posted on 2010-08-23
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I have a Windows server 2008 R2 with SQL 2005 Express installed on it.
Now I cannot uninstall the SQL 2005 Express.

I have tried the procedures in this guide:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/909967

When I run the ARPWrapper.exe /remove, I'm able to select the instance I want to remove. But when I click "next", it runs for a few sec, and then it drops out.
It has not uninstalled the instance.

I look into the logfile under log/files, ANd I see an error saying
" Failed to determine installSkuId due to property load failure".

I've tried a few different guides, but they do ot fix the problem.
I'm not able to find the GUID for any SQL instances og services in the HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall

How can I get SQL-server completely uninstalled from my server?
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by:stebyshe
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Yes, I have seen that as well.
But I'm not able to locate the GUID for the components to uninstall.
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GuyHochman earned 500 total points
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Hi

Every installation of SQL is locate in the registry and on files
so
1. Stop the SQL EXPRESS
2. Delete the files of the SQL SERVER   from c:\program filles\
3. delete the registry keys:   start-> run -> regedit->   HKLM -> software->  delete the MSSQL SERVER

Good luck!
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