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How to delete SQL server replication

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Last Modified: 2015-11-30
On SQL Server 2008 R2, I am trying to setup transactional replication with test data and I'm getting an error:  
SQL Server could not create publication PubOne.
Database 'distribution' does not exist.  

This probably occurs because I previously tried to setup replication,
dropped my test databases, dropped distribution, and started over.

How do I fix this mess and truly start over?  


Here's what I tried to delete replication:

alter database ReplicationSource set offline
alter database ReplicationTarget set offline
alter database distribution      set offline
go

drop database ReplicationSource -- and remove disk files
drop database ReplicationTarget -- and remove disk files
drop database distribution      -- and remove disk files
go

exec sp_removeDbReplication 'ReplicationSource'
exec sp_removeDbReplication 'ReplicationTarget'
go

exec sp_dropdistributor   -- fails with    Could not drop the Distributor 'DAVIDZ-PC'. This Distributor has associated distribution databases.
go
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