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One of the questions I commonly receive from customers is how to uninstall a product when there is no entry created for that product in the Add/Remove Programs control panel. I get asked this question about a lot of different MSI-based setups and OS hotfixes, particularly from people who are trying to follow the uninstall instructions for beta versions of VS 2005 and the .NET Framework 2.0.
For MSI-based products, I typically recommend using the following steps to locate and remove a product that does not appear in Add/Remove Programs:
This set of steps has resolved nearly all cases I've run into in the past where someone needed to remove a product but could not find an entry in Add/Remove Programs to launch the uninstall process from. If you try these steps and run into problems or have questions, please contact me and I will try to help.
For OS hotfixes, you need to make sure the Show updates checkbox is checked in the top middle of the Add/Remove Programs control panel. If that is checked and the hotfix you want to remove still does not appear in Add/Remove Programs, the hotfix may have been installed on your system with a command line that suppresses the ability to uninstall.
<update date="1/9/2006"> Added more specific information about extracting and running smartmsizap.exe from c:\ because otherwise Windows may not know where to find the exe when running the command from a cmd prompt </update>
<update date="4/1/2009"> Fixed broken link to smartmsizap tool. </update>
Where to get Visual Studio 2005 and the .NET Framework 2.0 Where to download the .NET Framework 2.0 redistributable
OK I tried the steps you gave me to run MSIINV then MSIEXEC then SMARTMSIZAP and they all indicate that they worked on the visual web developer to uninstall ... BUT I still get the error that it needs to be uninstalled before SP1 of VS 2005 can be loaded. When I go into the VS 2005 and look at help/about it still shows the Visual Web Developer 2005 and Web application Projects 2005 in the Installed products. I reran the MSIINV and did not see those products in the list. I did see the VS 2005.
What am I doing wrong here?
Hi JamesNoe - Please make sure that you have uninstalled the Visual Studio 2005 hotfix for web application projects (KB915364) in addition to the web application projects package itself. Both items that you need to uninstall are listed at http://blogs.msdn.com/astebner/archive/2007/02/11/uninstall-vs-2005-update-to-support-web-application-projects-before-installing-vs-2005-sp1.aspx.
If that doesn't help, I have heard of cases where customers were able to resolve this issue by reinstalling the web application projects package and the Visual Studio hotfix and then uninstalled them again.
If both of the above fail, you might need to uninstall and reinstall VS 2005, but hopefully you'll be able to avoid doing that.
Hopefully one of these will help.
As described in this post on S. Somasegar's blog and in other places, Visual Studio codename Orcas beta
Recently, I heard from a customer who has a system with Update Rollup 2 for Windows XP Media Center Edition
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