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

Endre Palfi ( )
Wed, 12 Aug 1998 14:54:19 -0700

did you look at the registry to see if anything is left there on SQL.
It's usually a safe bet to clean up the old keys in case it didn't
remove everything during the uninstall.

> ----------
> From: Josh Hillman[]
> Reply To:
> Sent: Wednesday, August 12, 1998 2:42 PM
> Subject: Reinstalling MSSQL 6.5 -- can it be done?
> 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
> what
> I could tell, all settings were the same as those on another SQL
> server we
> have.
> So, after getting frustrated with it, I reran MSSQL 6.5 setup and
> chose to
> "Remove SQL Server". When the next window came up, I checked the box
> that
> said "Remove files from: ..." and clicked on Resume (theoretically
> uninstalling SQL Server and wiping out any databases created by it).
> Well,
> 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" as
> 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 SQL
> Server has already been installed by: (my name, company, AND Product
> ID
> Number)". I've looked in the registry and wiped out virtually
> everything I
> 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