Migration from Vista to W7 - Steady State uninstall request RRS feed

  • Question

  • When running the Windows 7 intallation upgrade, I am told that Steady State needs to be uninstalled (as it is not compatible) before I can proceed.
    Unfortunately, it is not in the uninstall programs list.
    I have followed some early posings on this subject which suggest deleting HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shared Computer Toolkit.
    I was tempted to ignore the advice and just proceed after ensuring that there are not Steady State settings ticked or any user accounts that Steady State set up.
    I would welcome suggestions on a safe way to proceed.
    Michael P
    Saturday, January 16, 2010 1:22 PM


  • Hi Michael, to uninstall Windows SteadyState, please first log on the user that you used to install SteadyState and remove it in Programs and features. If the program still not lists, you can try the following steps to manually remove it:

    1. Restart your computer and start pressing the F8 key on your keyboard. On a computer that is configured for booting to multiple Operating Systems, you can press the F8 key when you see the boot menu.
    2. When the Windows Advanced Options menu appears, select Safe Mode, and then press Enter.
    3. Log onto Windows by using the Administrator account or any user account with the Administrator privileges.
    4. Delete the Cache.wdp file under drive C.

    If the cache file cannot be found, let’s show hidden files with the following steps.
    1. Open drive C: Click Organize menu-> Folders and search option.
    2. Click the View tab. Under Hidden files and folders, click "Show hidden files and folders."
    3. To display other hidden files, clear the "Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)" check box.
    4. Click the "Hide extensions for known file types".
    5. Click OK.

    After that, delete related registry keys and files
    1. Click Start and then Run.
    2. Type in regedit and then click OK.
    3.  Navigate and delete the following two branches:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shared Computer Toolkit

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Windows SteadyState

    4. Search and delete all Windows SteadyState related entries.
    5. Delete files under C:\Program Files\Windows SteadyState.

    Hope this helps!

    Sean Zhu - MSFT
    • Marked as answer by Sean Zhu - Tuesday, January 26, 2010 12:55 AM
    Tuesday, January 19, 2010 3:07 AM