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I had installed and later uninstalled SQL Server 2005 . I used registry cleaner tools and deleted all files related to SQL Server .
Still the services console shows entry for previous installed database instance name .
Services management console I get this entry in Description column. Failed to Read Description Error code 2

How to delete them otherwise new installtion is showing problem.

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Try to fix the installation following the steps from my answer to this older problem. Let us know if it works, please! – Marian Jan 7 '13 at 13:11
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Well, the crude way is to run regedit as admin, go down to


and remove the service entry from registry and reboot...

Or perhaps use the sysinternals process explorer tool to do the same thing....

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