How to Uninstall a SQL Server Instance in SQL Server 2008R2 and 2008

This article is important for Admins, Database Administrators and developers. There is an easy procedure to uninstall a SQL Server instance in SQL Server 2008 R2 and 2008.

So let us look at the procedure to uninstall SQL Server.

Step 1

Click the Start Button and chose Control Panel. You will see the following screen.

Control Panel

Step 2

Once the Control Panel is displayed, select the Programs and Features section.

Control Panel in Windows Explorer

Step 3

Now the list of programs and features installed on that machine is displayed as below.

Chose SQL Server 2008 R2 then Right-click Uninstall /Change.

Selecting Option to Uninstal

Step 4

A small window similar to the SQL Server Installation screen is displayed. Click on Remove.

Selection Option in Sql Server Uninstallation

Step 5

You will see Setup Processes of current operation.

Setup Process

Step 6

Now the Setup support Rules window is displayed that as shown below.

Setup Support Rules in Sql Server

Step 7

Click OK to proceed. In the next screen select the instance of SQL Server to remove.

Selecting Instance in Sql Server

Step 8

Now select the features for the SQL Server instance that you want to remove.

Selecting Features in Sql Server

Step 9

Click Next to proceed to the Remove Rules.

Removal Rules in Sql Serve

Step 10

Click Next to proceed. Ready to Remove Server 2008 R2 and 2008.

Remove Instance in Sql Server

Step 11

Your SQL Server Instance has been removed successfully. Click the Close Button.

Instance UnInstallation Successfull


This article showed how to uninstall a SQL Server instance in SQL Server 2008R2 and 2008.You can follow the same procedure to uninstall all SQL Server instances. 

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