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Uninstall SharePoint 2013

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You remove SharePoint 2013 by uninstalling it from Control Panel. When you uninstall SharePoint 2013, most files and subfolders in the installation folders are removed. However, some files are not removed. Also,

  • Web.config files, index files, log files, and customizations that you might have are not automatically removed when you uninstall SharePoint 2013.

  • SQL Server databases are detached but are not removed from the database server.

  • If you uninstall a single server that has a built-in database, SQL Server Express is not removed.

  • When you uninstall SharePoint 2013, all user data remains in the database files.

Before you begin

Before you begin this operation, confirm that you have uninstalled all language packs that are on the server.

Uninstall SharePoint 2013

Use this procedure to uninstall SharePoint 2013.

To uninstall SharePoint 2013

  1. Verify that you are a member of the Farm Administrators group or a member of the Administrators group on the local computer.

  2. On the computer that runs SharePoint 2013, log on as a local or domain administrator.

  3. Start Control Panel.

  4. In the Programs area, click Uninstall a program.

  5. In the Uninstall or change a program dialog, click Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013.

  6. Click Change.

  7. On the Change your installation of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 page, click Remove, and then click Continue.

    A confirmation message appears.

  8. Click Yes to remove SharePoint 2013.

    A warning message appears.

  9. Click OK to continue.

    A confirmation message appears.

  10. Click OK.

    You might be prompted to restart the server.


If you did not remove the language template packs before you uninstalled and then reinstalled SharePoint 2013, you must run Repair from the SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard for each language template pack on the server. After the repair operation is complete, you must restart the server. Finally, complete the language template pack configuration by running the SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard.

See also

Other Resources

Add web or application servers to farms in SharePoint 2013

Remove a server from a farm in SharePoint 2013

Hardware and software requirements for SharePoint 2013

Install SharePoint 2013 on a single server with a built-in database

Install SharePoint 2013 on a single server with SQL Server

Install SharePoint 2013 across multiple servers for a three-tier farm