Uninstall SQL Server: Unable to find SQLEXPRESS in the dropdown

June 26, 2013



Problem: 

After following the following document to uninstall SQLEXPRESS instance on Windows 7
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms143412.aspx., I couldn't find SQLEXPRESS in the drop down. But, it is listed in the available instances. 

Solution: 

I followed the stackoverflow answer. http://dba.stackexchange.com/questions/13683/remove-an-instance-of-sql-server-2008-r2-after-reinstalling-sql-server-2008


Step 1: Go to services and delete the folder where SQLEXPRESS's MSSQLSEVER service is running. 

Step 2:  Try to uninstall SQL Server from control panel (follow http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms143412.aspx

Now the drop down shows SQLEXPRESS instance as well. 

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