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Can not uninstall Windows SQLServer R2 2008 on Fusion

When I try and uninstall SQLServer R2 2008 from Windows 7 running on Fusion I get the most trouble error.  It seems to have installed itself onto some other location and not can not remove it.

Any idea what to do???
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
The MSI Uninstaller is having difficulties, uinstalling the application because the installation source files are missing from the original installation location.

if you put the install files back in the location specified, you may have a better chance of uninstallation.
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newbiewebSr. Software EngineerAuthor Commented:
I never moved anything.

I wonder if Visual Studio uninstall took them out?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
where did you install Visual Studio from?

or the Windows installation has been corrupted.
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newbiewebSr. Software EngineerAuthor Commented:
I installed it from an MSDN download.  I installed SQLServer 2008 R2 beforehand, because I knew otherwise that Visual Studio would install the plain SQL Server 2008. BUT,

I plan to remove Windows anyhow.  I just hoped that the uninstall would remove it from the places visible from my mac (Lion) installation where the Visual Studio and SQL Server 2008 files were visible from.  I intend once Windows is removed to delete those folders myself. My fear is that I would not find them.

Next time, I am installing Parallels on Mountain Lion (after I upgrade from Lion) and will investigate to make sure none of the Windows files are visible in Finder on the Mac.  I really hate that Fusion did me that "favor".


So if the next step is remove Windows, that's fine.
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newbiewebSr. Software EngineerAuthor Commented:
Shall I simply remove Windows?  Then pick around my Mac files and delete anything that was put there when installing Visual Studio or SQL server?
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XaelianCommented:
Check the preferences of Fusion. There probably is a setting were you can disable "show Windows files in finder". I Know in paralelles there is, so normally it's also in Fusion.
Next I would use a clean Windows 7 for the SQL server. If you need to reinstall windows. Make a backup of the VM, so if you face problems you can go back to a clean Windows image.
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newbiewebSr. Software EngineerAuthor Commented:
I intend to remove Fusion and go with Parallels after I upgrade to Mountain Lion.  I will look for that preference, though.

Thanks.
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XaelianCommented:
Ok parallels is a much better choice. Doesn't eat resources like Fusion + easier to configure (like the folder thingie).

You can create the windows image on your fusion and import it in parallels, if you want.
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newbiewebSr. Software EngineerAuthor Commented:
I just want to get rid of Fusion: no need to create an image.

Will those shared folders and files disappear from Lion?  If so, no need to mess with configurations.

I mainly want to get this behind me so I can install Mountain Lion and then install Parallels, quickly. Like this afternoon (EST).
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XaelianCommented:
Well normally they should delete. But to be safe, check the preferences and disable show windows folders on mac.
I know parallels deletes it, fusion I'm not sure for 100%.
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newbiewebSr. Software EngineerAuthor Commented:
Thanks, Wish me luck!
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