Systems Management Question

uninstall application using group policy

07/31/2007 45669 views
I'm trying to uninstall my installer package through Group Policy from Windows Server 2003 to Windows XP clients. The software was distributed through "Computer Configuration" and "assigned" to the clients computers (as opposed to "published"). When I uninstall the only thing that happens is the application is deleted from the "add/delete programs" list and the values are deleted from the registry - I am still able to run all the applications. I followed the instructions on http://support.microsoft.com/kb/816102. Does anyone know what I could be doing wrong?
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This worked brilliantly for me;

Remove a Package loadTOCNode(2, 'summary'); To remove a published or assigned package:
  1. Start the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in. To do this, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Active Directory Users and Computers.
  2. In the console tree, right-click your domain, and then click Properties.
  3. Click the Group Policy tab, click the Group Policy object that you used to deploy the package, and then click Edit.
  4. Expand the Software Settings container that contains the software installation item that you used to deploy the package.
  5. Click the software installation container that contains the package.
  6. In the right pane of the Group Policy window, right-click the program, point to All Tasks, and then click Remove.
  7. Do the following:
    • Click Immediately uninstall the software from users and computers, and then click OK.
  8. Quit the Group Policy snap-in, click OK, and then quit the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in.
Answered 05/27/2009 by: kerjuk
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Good idea to reply over 2 years after the original post, but anyway....

If I had been monitoring this particular forum at that time, I would have suggested that the OP is probably executing the uninstall from the Control Panel 'Add/Remove Programs' applet. That is wrong. To uninstall apps which have been deployed by Group Policy, the package must have been set to be uninstalled when it falls out of the scope of management i.e. when the user/computer is removed from the associated group and the user/computer must then be so removed.

What your advice does is to remove the package from deployment.
Answered 05/27/2009 by: VBScab
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