Monday, August 12, 2013

Restart Computer Failure While uninstalling SQL Server 2008

You may get the below error while uninstalling SQL server: 

A computer restart is required. You must restart this computer before installing SQL Server.

So, now you restart the system. and try again but you got the same error. Now it seems that there are some bad registry entries: Now you had to to do the following

Leave the Setup Support Rules UI open if you are already in there
Open Regedit (Registry Editor)

Go to the following registry key "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlSession Manager"

Delete the "PendingFileRenameOperations"

Click “Re-Run” in Setup Support Rules launch the uninstall again

So now you will have passed the restart computer check and you can continue and get rid of that pesky old version of SQL Server.

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