My Stack: . Windows 10 Enterprise . SQL Server 2012 Express (with SP1 bundled).

. Installed SQL to test for backward compatibility.
. When I tried to Un-Install the following prompt is thrown.

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Attempted Resolution Step:
. uninstalling individual components.
. re-installing SP1 for that edition.

None of these steps have worked. One last resort was to delete registry entries and then reattempt to delete.

Any ideas?

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    This is bug in SQL Server which has already been informed via This connect item see workaround mentioned. Please also check this MSDN thread
    – Shanky
    Commented Sep 2, 2015 at 10:51
  • This post is for a different version and edition, but brute force may be an approach too: sqlblog.org/2010/10/25/… Commented Sep 2, 2015 at 10:54
  • Yes it probably has to result to brute force. Once attempted i'll post an update. Thanks. Commented Sep 2, 2015 at 11:18

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A month later, I need to test with a full version of SQL locally but remembered I had this pain in the a** to deal with.


  1. Change SQL compatibility mode to "Windows Vista SP1/SP2". Go to where it was installed. Path belows for x64 version. For 32x it will be in the ~\program Files (86) directory.
    C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\110\Setup Bootstrap\SQLServer2012

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  2. Launch CMD, run as an Administrator. Navigate to the directory above.

  3. Type command Setupup.exe /action=uninstall
  4. Follow the prompts.
  5. Find your life ~ Shaun T :)
  • Who is "Shaun T"?
    – Erik
    Commented Oct 29, 2015 at 17:22
  • @Erik: Perhaps some unknown DBA aspiring to become a celebrity in the SQL or SQL Server world, and iamfobbs may thus be helping them.
    – Andriy M
    Commented Oct 30, 2015 at 7:16
  • Hahaha funny. His a sports performance trainer I get training inspiration from. "Find your life" is a term he coined that sort of means get better at what you do. if you are into fitness check out "beachbody.com" and have a look at Insanity. Find your life :) Commented Oct 30, 2015 at 17:44

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