Can’t Uninstall Sql Server 2019

SQL Programming

I recently encountered a frustrating issue with uninstalling SQL Server 2019 and I wanted to share my experience and some possible solutions. If you’re facing a similar problem, hopefully this article will help you find a resolution.

The Uninstall Process

Uninstalling SQL Server 2019 should be a straightforward process. You would typically start by going to the Control Panel on your Windows machine, finding the SQL Server 2019 application, and selecting the option to uninstall it. However, in some cases, this process may not work as expected.

Possible Issues

There can be several reasons why you might encounter difficulties when trying to uninstall SQL Server 2019. Let’s explore some of the common issues:

  1. Permission Errors: One of the most common reasons for uninstallation failure is insufficient permissions. Ensure that you have administrative privileges on your computer before attempting to uninstall.
  2. Running Processes: Another possible issue is that there might be running processes or services related to SQL Server that are preventing the uninstallation. Use the Task Manager to check if any SQL Server processes are still running and terminate them before proceeding with the uninstallation.
  3. Corrupted Installation: If the SQL Server installation files or registry entries are corrupted, you may encounter difficulties in uninstalling. In such cases, manual removal of the SQL Server files and registry entries may be required.
  4. Third-Party Tools: Sometimes, third-party software or tools that depend on SQL Server may interfere with the uninstallation process. Disable or uninstall any such tools before attempting to uninstall SQL Server 2019.

Possible Solutions

If you’re unable to uninstall SQL Server 2019 using the standard methods, here are some possible solutions to try:

  1. Use the SQL Server Installation Center: Open the SQL Server Installation Center and select the “Maintenance” tab. From there, choose the “Uninstall” option and follow the prompts to uninstall SQL Server 2019.
  2. Command-Line Uninstall: Open the Command Prompt as an administrator and navigate to the folder where the SQL Server installation files are located. Use the command “setup.exe /q /action=uninstall /instanceid=InstanceName” to initiate the uninstallation process.
  3. Manual Removal: If all else fails, you can attempt a manual removal of SQL Server 2019. This involves deleting files and registry entries associated with SQL Server. However, it is important to exercise caution when modifying the registry, as any mistakes can have serious consequences for your system. It is recommended to create a backup of your registry before proceeding.


Uninstalling SQL Server 2019 may not always be a smooth process, but with the right approach, you can overcome any obstacles. If you’re experiencing difficulties, try the solutions mentioned in this article. Remember to backup your system and exercise caution when performing manual removals. If all else fails, consider seeking assistance from a professional or the Microsoft support team. Good luck with your uninstallation efforts!