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Sunday, 10 March 2013

How To - Uninstall Windows Internal Database

If you have replaced WSUS on a SBS Server 2008 and you are removing Sharepoint Services 3.0 then you will need to remove the Windows Internal Database and the associated files.

1. Windows Internal Database Files


The file location for the Windows Internal Database in SBS Server 2008 is C:\Windows\SYSMSI\SSEE\MSSQL.2005\MSSQL\Data Here you can see the highlighted files that are taking up useful disk space on the server, these were the databases for WSUS and Sharepoint Services 3.0

2. SQL Server Studio Express


If you have SQL Server Studio Express installed you can open the application as Administrator and connect to \\.\pipe\MSSQL$MICROSOFT##SSEE\sql\query and then you can see the Database files.

3. Uninstall Windows Internal Database


The uninstall for the Windows Internal Database is performed from the command line. The syntax is

On 32-bit platforms: msiexec /x {CEB5780F-1A70-44A9-850F-DE6C4F6AA8FB} callerid=ocsetup.exe
On 64-bit platforms: msiexec /x {BDD79957-5801-4A2D-B09E-852E7FA64D01} callerid=ocsetup.exe

The Microsoft article on this is found here.

4. Uninstall


Accept the uninstall warning.

5. Database Uninstalls


6. Delete Database Files


You can now safely delete the SQL Server database files.

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