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Unable to remove Windows Sharepoint Services 3.0

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  • We have an instance of WSS 3.0 running on 2003R2 x64 .  The site recently become unstable,  we cannot access the Operation or Application Management tabs in Central Admin.  So, we've decided to attempt a removal of this installation of WSS 3.0 from the server.   We cannot uninstall WSS.  The Add/Remove GUI - 'remove' fails.  How can we remove WSS 3.0?  Any guidance would be appreciated.
    Tuesday, April 03, 2007 5:17 AM

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  • I ran into a a very similar problem, when our test deployment lost connection to the config database (SSEE). I couldn't find a solution to the problem even after extensive searching of the net and microsoft documentation; we had to rebuild the server.

    Not a helpful response, I realize, except to confirm that this problem is real and has been encountered by others.

    Wednesday, April 04, 2007 11:22 PM
  • I had a problem removing WSS 3.0 as well, I ended up having to shutdown all the sharepoint services then remove sharepoint 2.0 first then 3.0 uninstalled without any problems.

     

    Brent

    Monday, April 09, 2007 8:17 PM
  • Ran into similar issue, than came across MS Article 920277.  The sticking point was SQL 2005 (standalone DB) was the item preventing uninstall.  Run the command and then uninstall WSS 3.0
    Sunday, April 15, 2007 9:02 PM
  • Ran into similar issue, than came across MS Article 920277.  The sticking point was SQL 2005 (standalone DB) was the item preventing uninstall.  Run the command and then uninstall WSS 3.0

    ^^^^^^^^^ This was the problem for me too.  Thanks

    Link to article

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/920277

     

     

     

     

    Tuesday, December 07, 2010 11:50 PM
  • I had this exact same problem.   I ran the following command to uninstall the Windows INternal Database

     

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

    and I was able to uninstall WSS 3.0

     

    Note the above command was on a 64 bit Windows. 

     

    for 32 bit windows run

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



    • Proposed as answer by dbolsover Tuesday, November 26, 2013 11:15 AM
    Tuesday, August 30, 2011 5:46 PM
  • this has solved my problem too. Thanks.

    I had wss 3.0 running in WS 2008R2 machine.

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/920277/

    Sunday, March 25, 2012 6:27 PM
  • Thanks. I am able to uninstall the sharepoint services.
    Friday, November 02, 2012 10:55 AM
  • Thanks, worked as well. Was running SharePoint Services 3.0 on 2008 R2 x64 and it failed with MSSearch error. Nothing could get it working again. Restored server to previous day and all was well for one day. Then the same error.

    I have decided to class SharePoint as fragile and not worthy of deployment. I would recommendation to any small businesses using SharePoint to look for an alternative that is more robust. Every time SharePoint gets an update that causes it to fail, it feels like "Alice down the rabbit hole" One service brings down the entire house of cards.

    We are moving to an open source solution after years of SharePoint frustrations.


    Monday, September 16, 2013 6:05 PM