Unable to unInstall Visual Studio 2008 Shell (Integrated Mode) - ENU Software RRS feed

  • Question

  • We have an obsolete Visual Studio 2008 Shell (Integrated Mode) - ENU Software on our Windows 2008 Sever. When we are trying to uninstall "Windows Installer" pop up is coming with the below message:


    The feature you are trying to use is on a network resource that is unavailable. 

    Click on to try again, or enter an alternate path to a folder containing the installation package 'vs_shell.msi' in the box below. 

    When I click on cancel , another error has come as below:


    The installation source for this product is not available. Verify that the source exists and that you can access it. 

    We have tried using an uninstall tool through which we have got the same error. It appears to be that the source file does not exist on the sever for the software. It would be really helpful if someone can advise me how to uninstall the software forcefully. 

    Tuesday, December 18, 2018 7:23 AM

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  • Hi, To uninstall the Microsoft Visual Studio Shell you must run 3 uninstall programs in Add/Remove Programs: Microsoft Visual Studio 2008* Shell – ENU Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Files for Intel Visual Fortran (if present) Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Remote Debugger - ENU Before you begine please restart your system and then before you open any files start unintall them one by one
    Wednesday, December 19, 2018 2:50 AM
  • Hi Ganesan,

    Thank you for your response. 

    We have below software in our server. Yes, we have tired doing the same as you have mentioned but no luck.  we have got the error that was mentioned in my question. 

    Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Shell (Integrated mode) - ENU 

    Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for Applications 2.0 - ENU



    Wednesday, December 19, 2018 3:11 AM
  • Thats pritty weired ...did you remember making any particular changes to the system after which you started getting this error

    May be the installer is not able to locate a particular file. 

    The next step we can try  

    Method 1

    Put the system in clean boot to determine which application is causing the issue.

    Refer to the article to put the computer in clean boot.

    Follow the steps under ‘How to determine what is causing the problem by performing a clean boot’ to find the program causing this.

    Note: Refer "How to reset the computer to start as usual after troubleshooting with clean boot" under more information to reset the computer to start as normal after troubleshooting.
    Wednesday, December 19, 2018 3:46 PM