Re: Reinstalling MSSQL 6.5 -- can it be done?

Josh Hillman ( (no email) )
Wed, 12 Aug 1998 17:45:53 -0400

I just answered my own question:

\sql65\i386\setup /t RegistryRebuild = ON

That takes care of the setup problem.

Josh Hillman

> From: Josh Hillman <>
> To: NTISP <>
> Subject: Reinstalling MSSQL 6.5 -- can it be done?
> Date: Wednesday, August 12, 1998 5:42 PM
> Today I installed MSSQL on one of our servers and something apparently
> didn't go right with security because SQL could never read anything from
> the security area, so I had no way of logging into it with the sa
> username/password (eventhough the services started fine while using the
> same username/password combo) or creating users in it, eventhough from
> I could tell, all settings were the same as those on another SQL server
> have.
> So, after getting frustrated with it, I reran MSSQL 6.5 setup and chose
> "Remove SQL Server". When the next window came up, I checked the box
> said "Remove files from: ..." and clicked on Resume (theoretically
> uninstalling SQL Server and wiping out any databases created by it).
> when I went to reinstall MSSQL Server from the CD (tried this also after
> rebooting the server), the option to "Install SQL Server and Utilities"
> well as "Install Utilities Only" are grayed out. I have no way of
> reinstalling SQL Server! I tried to "remove SLQ Server" again, but that
> didn't help; I tried to "Upgrade SQL Server" (which is what option it
> defaults to now), but that doesn't get me anywhere, because it needs the
> Master db to upgrade (which doesn't exist).
> Each time I run the setup, it says "The Setup program has detected that
> Server has already been installed by: (my name, company, AND Product ID
> Number)". I've looked in the registry and wiped out virtually everything
> could find related to MSSQLServer, though I never did find the PID number
> in there.
> All I want to do is reinstall SQL Server. I don't need to restore any
> databases or anything. I've also been sifting through MS' Knowledge Base
> and haven't found any info. Does anyone know a way around this setup
> problem??
> Thanks,
> Josh Hillman