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Remove Windows Internal Database

Symptom: Consider the following scenario. You deploy a single-server configuration of Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 by using the Basic installation option. After Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 is successfully installed on the computer, you open the Add or Remove Programs tool. You notice that Microsoft Windows Internal Database does not appear in the list of currently installed programs even though it is installed on the computer.  In another scenario, you install WSUS 3,0 and then uninstall it.

Later, you remove Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 or WSUS 3.0 from the computer. However, Windows Internal Database is still installed on the computer. You cannot use the Add or Remove Programs tool to remove Windows Internal Database from the computer because it does not appear in the list of currently installed programs.

Note Windows Internal Database is also referenced as Embedded Edition (Windows).
 


Cause: When you deploy Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 in a single-server configuration by using the Basic installation option or you install WSUS, the Setup program automatically installs and configures Windows Internal Database. However, an entry for Windows Internal Database is not created in the Add or Remove Programs tool. If you remove Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, the Setup program does not automatically remove Windows Internal Database from the computer. You must use the msiexec.exe command to remove Windows Internal Database from the computer.
 

Symptoms: Use the msiexec.exe command to remove Windows Internal Database from the computer. To do this, use one of the following procedures, as appropriate for your situation:

If you are running an x86-based edition of Microsoft Windows Server 2003, use the following command line to remove Windows Internal Database from the computer:

msiexec /x {CEB5780F-1A70-44A9-850F-DE6C4F6AA8FB} CALLERID=ocsetup.exe

If you are running an x64-based edition of Windows Server 2003, use the following command line to remove Windows Internal Database from the computer:

msiexec /x {BDD79957-5801-4A2D-B09E-852E7FA64D01} CALLERID=ocsetup.exe
 

This may not work so you will have to take additional measures.

  1. Stop Windows Internal Database Service
  2. Rename C:WINDOWSSYSMSISSEEMSSQL.2005
  3. Delete: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftMicrosoft SQL Server

You can now try to reinstall WSUS or SharePoint Services.  In my case, when I tried to reinstall WSUS, I once again received an error.  This time, I was able to do a msiexec /x to uninstall Windows Internal Database.  I then deleted the

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