Windows Installer Cleanup Utility

Saturday, May 23, 2009 |

I came across one issue recently. I have tried to install SQL Server 2005 in one of our server and guess what happened!!!??? J It failed to install. Bit annoying but I can’t help much as that is not in my hand. I tried to uninstall after failed install from Control Panel->Add/Remove program but it was not even willing to get uninstalled!!!! Bit more annoying, isn’t it? Yes, it is.

Removing SQL directories and remove entry from registry manually is something very frustrated task to do so I decided not to go in that route and start find the way around and I found one utility from Microsoft site, its “Windows Installer Cleanup utility”, I downloaded it and use it and guess what happened??? It’s been my rescue. I would like to share that utility with my readers,  you can download that utility from below given link, it may be very helpful sometime.;en-us;290301

Do read warning and readme file before using it.

Reference: Ritesh Shah
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