Hi I am running the configuration file setup of SQL server 2008 as described here:


When I run the /ACTION Uninstall switch in the config file, everything uninstalls related to SQL , but it leaves behind an installation of "visual studio 2008" componants.


Can anyone point me in the right direction?



1.  Install SQL Server 2008 

2.  Uninstall SQL Server 2008 


After the full uninstall of  RC0, I can still see  VS 2008 Shell, Visual Studio Tools for Applications, SQL native Client  on Add/Remove Programs. Is it by design to have those after the full uninstall??


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  • thank Microsoft for lousy code.

    Just create a second uninstall for that, you can find the uninstall string by looking at the registry hklm\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\uninstall\... just go there and search for visual studio and when you find the correct subkey set look for the uninstallstring key
    • ah, using the product code - right... thank you
  • I can't think of a single shop I've worked at which used the set-up executeable straight out of the box. We've always used the MSIs and custom MSTs.
    • Can you give me an example of how you would do this with SQL 2008? Are you talking about a setup capture/repackage? Thanks
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