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How do you perform a clean / complete uninstall of SharePoint Foundation 2010?

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Hi, I am needing to uninstall SharePoint Foundation 2010 from my server so I can reinstall and properly setup the configurations of the Site Settings, database content, remote SQL Server rather than the built-in one, etc.

It seems to be just easier for me to start from scratch with a reinstall.

I found this link which describes most parts of the uninstall process, but I have a concern about the remaining parts, especially the IIS Web Application & Application Pool.

http://mscerts.programming4.us/sharepoint/uninstalling%20sharepoint%202010.aspx


How do I go about performing a clean uninstall so I can start over with the reinstallation of SharePoint Foundation 2010?

Like after SharePoint Foundation 2010 is uninstalled, how do I uninstall IIS Web App & App Pool of the SharePoint or should I just leave it?

Also, once SharePoint Foundation 2010 is uninstalled, should I just delete the SQL Server 2005 databases that SharePoint Foundation 2010 setup wizard created during the first installation attempt?


Thanks in advance.
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I would advise doing a clean install of Windows and then install do a new install of SharePoint.

The below will still remain after you uninstall sharepoint from the control panel tool -but you can manually delete them.

1.  C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14

2. Microsoft SharePoint Workspace Audit Service

3. SQL databases including Configuration and Central Administration

4.SharePoint Web Services Web Application in IIS 7.0

5.  SharePoint Web Services Application Pool in IIS 7.0
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What would happen if I left earlier mentioned components alone and just attempted to reinstall SharePoint Foundation?
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your new sharepoint site will pick some features of the previous site
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Well, I am a bit of a detail nut.  As you might have guessed by now.  But as of right now the current SharePoint Foundation setup is working, but it was customzied and not installed as a default setup.  So, the config database is called SharePointFoundation2010 rather than SharePoint_Config & such.

However, everything seems to be configured and ready for me to migrate the wss_content database to it.

Maybe I am being to picky and should just leave it as is and continue on with the migration.

Hmmm...
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I remember something about some customizations not being supported when upgrading,but that should be in the wss site.If its just the database naming,i doubt its a problem.

Read this resourse to be more informed:
http://mosshowto.blogspot.com/2010/06/migrating-to-sharepoint-2010.html
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