Uninstalling SharePoint 2010

12/9/2010 2:55:39 PM
There may come a time where you need to remove SharePoint 2010 from a server to allow that server to be used by another application. Or you may upgrade your hardware in the future and want to repurpose the server for another role. The process of uninstalling SharePoint 2010 is the same for all editions of SharePoint 2010—the only difference is where you initiate the uninstall command that begins the removal of SharePoint 2010.

To uninstall SharePoint 2010, you run the Setup.exe program that you ran when you installed it. However, during the uninstall process, when the installation program does an inventory of the software that is on the server, it will not allow you to perform an installation but instead will request that you choose to repair or remove the installation.


Alternately, you can also remove SharePoint using the uninstall option within Add/Remove programs located in Control Panel of your operating system.

Follow these steps to uninstall SharePoint 2010 from your server using Setup.exe.

  1. Locate the directory that contains the Setup.exe file for the edition of SharePoint 2010 that you are uninstalling. For instance, if you installed SharePoint 2010, then locate the Setup.exe file for SharePoint 2010. Alternatively, if you installed SharePoint Foundation 2010 and you want to remove it, then locate the Setup.exe file for SharePoint Foundation 2010.

  2. Double-click the Setup.exe file to display the original installation startup screen. Choose Install SharePoint Server or Install SharePoint Foundation, depending on which Setup.exe file you ran. At this point, SharePoint takes inventory and discovers an installation of SharePoint already exists. Then you will see the Change Your Installation Of SharePoint 2010 page, as shown in Figure 1.

    Figure 1. Change Your Installation Of SharePoint 2010 page

  3. Select the Remove option and then click the Continue button. In the Verify Removal dialog box shown in Figure 2, you will be asked to confirm your selection to remove SharePoint from the server.

    Figure 2. Verify Removal dialog box

  4. If you click No in this dialog box, the removal of SharePoint 2010 is canceled. However, if you click Yes, the uninstall process continues. Another dialog box, shown in Figure 3, displays to warn you that if you continue with the uninstall process, you cannot undo it, and it might result in partial loss of functionality for sites that depend on that installation. It also warns you that if you installed the current SharePoint installation over a previous version of SharePoint, or if you Click Cancel after you click OK in the dialog box, you will have to run the SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard again to reconfigure your server farm. It again asks if you want to uninstall SharePoint 2010.

    Figure 3. Uninstall Warning dialog box

  5. When you confirm the uninstall, you will see the page shown in Figure 4 that shows the progress of the uninstall process. However, this page does not provide any really helpful information about what actions are being performed, or what percentage of the uninstall has been completed, or even the amount of time remaining before the uninstall completes.

    Figure 4. Uninstall Progress page

  6. When the uninstall process is complete, you will see a final page that tells you that the uninstall has completed successfully, so you should now have a SharePoint-free server. However, after successfully performing an uninstall, note that the following SharePoint characteristics still exist on the server.

    • C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14

    • Microsoft SharePoint Workspace Audit Service

    • SQL databases including Configuration and Central Administration

    • SharePoint Web Services Web Application in IIS 7.0

    • SharePoint Web Services Application Pool in IIS 7.0

To reiterate once again the point about doing fresh installations of your software, these items all still existed on a server after performing a complete installation of SharePoint 2010 and then a removal of SharePoint. Always perform clean installations—this includes starting with a new operating system installation, not an upgraded operating system.

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