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Uninstalling SQL Server 2008 R2 for SixBit Software Print

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When installed, SixBit created its own instance of SQL Server 2008 R2. This means that regardless of whether you had another copy of SQL Server 2008 R2 installed or not, SixBit would get its own copy and not interfere with any other copies.

This means that if you are moving SixBit to another machine and want it removed from your current machine, you can uninstall the database without any affect to other instances of SQL Server 2008 R2.

Saving a Backup

Before you uninstall, you may want to save a backup. You can make a backup from within SixBit under the Application Menu|Manage button. If you would prefer, you can make manual backups of the database files. There are two files associated with each database, an SixBit.MDF and a SixBit_Log.LDF file. The default folder where they can be found is C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL10_50.SIXBITDBSERVER\MSSQL\DATA. You can simply copy these files to another media.

Pre-Requisite Uninstallation

Before uninstalling SQL Server for SixBit, you must uninstall the SixBit eCommerce Solution. You will use the Control Panel to uninstall. Simply choose "SixBit eCommerce Solution" from the "Uninstall a program" screen in Vista, or the "Add/Remove Programs" screen in XP, and follow the prompts to remove SixBit completely before continuing.


You will use the Control Panel to uninstall. Simply choose "Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2" from the "Uninstall a program" screen in Vista, or the "Add/Remove Programs" screen in XP.

Choose "Remove" when prompted.

Remove SQL

Step through the screens as they appear...

Setup Support Rules

When asked for the instance to be removed, select "SIXBITDBSERVER".

select instance

On the following screen, check "Database Engine Services" and click Next.

select features

Click "Next" on the Removal Rules page.

removal rules

Click "Remove" on the Ready to Remove page.

Ready to Remove

Click "Close" on the Complete page.

Completed Uninstall

Data Cleanup

Your data files (SixBit.mdf and SixBit_Log.ldf) will still be in the C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL10_50.SIXBITDBSERVER\MSSQL\DATA folder. You should delete them when complete.

Registry Cleanup

There may still be an entry in your registry that needs to be cleaned up. Follow these instructions to look for it and remove it if it exists.

1. From the "Start" menu in Vista, enter "regedit" into the search window and click Enter. In XP, go to Start|Run and enter "regedit" and hit enter to start the registry editor.
2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE|Software|Microsoft|Microsoft SQL Server
3. If there is a SIXBITDBSERVER folder under that key, then right click it and Delete it.

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