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How to Uninstall WSUS 3.0 SP2 and Its Related Components


Applies To: Windows Server Update Services, Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1

This topic describes how to uninstall Windows® Internal Database, the WSUS 3.0 SP2 server software, and the WSUS 3.0 SP2 Administration Console.

How to uninstall Windows Internal Database


Uninstalling Windows Internal Database is not recommended, because it may affect other applications that may be using the same database instance (such as Microsoft® SharePoint® Foundation 2010).

It is not usually necessary to uninstall Windows Internal Database, which WSUS installs as the default version of Microsoft SQL Server®. It is not possible to remove this application with Add or Remove Programs, and it will not be uninstalled automatically when WSUS is uninstalled. If you want to uninstall Windows Internal Database, you need to use the msiexec executable with the correct key for the operating system platform.

To uninstall Windows Internal Database

  1. Open a command prompt.

  2. Type msiexec and the following key for the operating system platform:

    • For 32-bit platforms, use:
      msiexec /x {CEB5780F-1A70-44A9-850F-DE6C4F6AA8FB} callerid=ocsetup.exe

    • For 64-bit platforms, use:
      msiexec /x {BDD79957-5801-4A2D-B09E-852E7FA64D01} callerid=ocsetup.exe


The removal of the application may not remove the default .mdb and .ldb files, which will cause a subsequent WSUS 3.0 SP2installation to fail. You can delete these files from the %windir%\SYSMSI\SSEE directory.

How to uninstall WSUS 3.0 SP2 server software

To uninstall WSUS

  1. On the WSUS server, click Start, click Control Panel, and then click Uninstall a Program.

  2. In the Programs and Features pane, click Windows Server Update Services, and then click Uninstall.

  3. In the Remove Windows Server Update Services pane, click Database, click Log Files, click Downloaded Updates, and then click Next.

  4. Click Nextto start uninstalling WSUS. Be aware that as soon as you start uninstalling this software, you will be unable to cancel the process.

  5. When the uninstall process is completed, click Finish to exit the wizard.

How to uninstall the WSUS 3.0 SP2 Administration Console

You can remove the WSUS 3.0 SP2 Administration Console from a computer by using the following procedure:

To remove the WSUS Administration Console

  1. Click Start, click Control Panel, and click Programs and Features.

  2. Click the Windows Update Administration Console in the list of installed programs.

  3. Click Uninstall.

WSUS accounts

Uninstalling WSUS might leave some WSUS accounts on local computers that are running SQL Server. The Network SSService and ASP.NET accounts that are created by WSUS Setup are not removed by the WSUS uninstallation component. If an application or database is using these accounts, this ensures that these applications or databases do not fail. If you are sure that no other application or database requires the Network Service or ASP.NET accounts, you can manually remove them from the computer running SQL Server.

For information about how to manually remove Network Service or ASP.NET accounts from a computer running SQL Server or Windows Internal Database, see the SQL Server product documentation on SQL Server TechCenter.

You can download product documentation for SQL Server at SQL Server Books Online.