We installed RC0 the day it was released and, for needs of space and project transitioning, needed to reclaim the space.
As I couldn't find an uninstall option in the installation UI, I resorted to the right-click and uninstall via the Programs and Features control panel list. Up comes the 3 options and Remove is what I needed.
The uninstall stated all green ticks for all components, having selected everything available.
Once closed out, the P&F list still shows everything present, albeit the version and size against the 64-bit SQL Server program are cleared out.
I can still right-click and remove, which is weird, so, seeing only the SDK, check that, remove and it clears a few more things that weren't in the selection list. More weird.
Reboot the server! Done. Entrails are still all there. Huh? Right-click remove, same SDK there, select, remove, more unlisted things removed.
Resorted to individually removing the 2016 artifacts, many and various, not all starting with a common name, of course, so look for "2016" and whack away. Lots of "if you whack this, x and y and 20 others won't work..." warnings. Whacked 'em.
So, I'm still left with:
- Microsoft SQL Server 2016 RC0 (64-bit) - no size or version
- Microsoft SQL Server 2016 RC0 Setup (English)
Stubborn little diggers.
Does anyone have any advice on how to cleanse the server of RC0, please, especially as we'll likely put RTM on the machine when the time comes..
Thanks in advance (from an accidental DBA)