SQL Server Database Engine is missing in programs and features in control panel

asked 2022-12-30T19:30:22.65+00:00
Hussein J 1 Reputation point

I am trying to uninstall SQL Server 2014 Express but when I try to uninstall Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Setup in control panel, it is telling me that I am unable to uninstall it because the following products are installed: SQL Server 2014 Database Engine.

The strange thing is that I cannot find SQL Server 2014 Database Engine in the list of programs in control panel.

So is there a way to manually delete SQL Server 2014 Database Engine ?


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  1. answered 2022-12-30T21:19:46.123+00:00
    Ronen Ariely 13,776 Reputation points Microsoft MVP


    "SQL Server 2014 Database Engine" is the basic feature of SQL Server. If you don't have it then the server is not installed (you might still have other shared features installed, which can be used for the next instance of the server that you install.

    In the list of application you do not see something like "SQL Server 2014 Database Engine" but something like "SQL Server 2014 (64-bit)", probably since it is treated not as separate application but "feature".

    When you go to the Add or Remove program


    Then you should see something like bellow (this is taken from SQL Server express 2017):


    So, this is the one you should uninstall: "SQL Server 2014 Database Engine"

  2. answered 2023-01-02T02:31:59.427+00:00
    Seeya Xi-MSFT 12,511 Reputation points Microsoft Employee

    Hi @Hussein J ,

    As they said, "SQL Server 2014 Database Engine" is the basic feature of SQL Server. You can see this in the installation steps.
    If you want to keep the components related to SQL Server, you can uninstall only Microsoft SQL Server 2014 (64-bit).

    Best regards,

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