Steps To Uninstall SQL Server 2012 (All Screenshots)
To answer the most popular question about this process… NO! THIS DOES NOT REQUIRE REBOOTING (and it will not auto-reboot after it completes). However; as with most Microsoft products it’s ALWAYS a good idea to restart the server after you uninstall.
One thing to keep in mind is while this will remove SQL Server it will not in-fact uninstall all other components. You will simply have to uninstall them by themselves. Here’s an example of some of the objects that will not be uninstalled with the rest of the SQL Server.
Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Data-Tier App Framework
Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Management Objects
Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Management Objects (x64)
Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Native Client
Microsoft SQL Server 2012 T-SQL Language Service
Microsoft SQL Server Data Tools -Database Projects – Web Installer Entry Point
Microsoft SQL Server System CLR Types
Microsoft SQL Server CLR Types for SQL Server 2012
Now that we have that out of the way… On with the removal of SQL Server 2012:
Go to Start à Run, and type in appwiz.cpl
Right-click the installation of SQL Server 2012 (64-bit), and select ‘Uninstall/Change’.
Click ‘Select All’, and click ‘Next’.
This is the longest part of the uninstall process. It will appear as though some of the progress hangs. Don’t worry. Just be patient while it completes.
Click ‘Close’ and that’s it.
All set. Again; rebooting is not required, and it will not auto-reboot, but it’s a good idea afterwords regardless.
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