Uninstalling MOSS 2007 Manually

Note: Before performing these operations make sure you backup all Share Point databases and create a backup of the registry.

a) Disable and Stop the following services

-Microsoft Single Sign-on Service
-Office SharePoint Server Search
-Windows SharePoint Services Administration
-Windows SharePoint Services Search
-Windows SharePoint Services Timer
-Windows SharePoint Services Tracing
-Windows SharePoint Services VSS Writer

b) Note the following registry keys:

From HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Office Server\12.0
-Install Path (default is C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office Servers\12)

From HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Shared Tools\
Web Server Extensions\12.0
-Location (default is C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared
\Web Server Extensions\12)

c) Delete the following registry hives:

HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Office Server\12.0
HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Shared Tools
\Web Server Extensions\12.0

[x32] – HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows
[x64] – HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft

d) Delete the following folders:
The value of the InstallPath key
The value of the Location key
C:\%CommonProgramFiles%\Microsoft Shared\SERVER12
Restart the server and perform an installation as normal.
Before running the configuration wizard, follow the steps as follows
You need to restore the Server Language registry value by
creating the following .reg file (open notepad and paste the following):

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

\Shared Tools\Web Server Extensions\12.0 \ServerLanguage]

Save this as fixlanguage.reg and upload it to your server.
Double click the file and say yes to the prompts.


~ by Neha Sinha on February 1, 2008.

16 Responses to “Uninstalling MOSS 2007 Manually”

  1. hello !!
    myself ajinkya kulkarni working on MOSS 2007 and .net .
    i gone through your article it worked .but while installing moss again it gave an error.i was trying moss 2007 trial version

  2. @Ajinkya: What kind of an error you faced?
    Check if some of the hotfixes can help you..These are available on the Microsoft site..
    Trial versions usually do not fumble upon errors but occassionally a few compatibility issues may arise.

  3. The same thing happened with me. It was an unable to write to registry thing… i chose ignore, when the installation was finished I was now able to perform a clean uninstall. after that, the installation went like a charm.

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  5. is there a way to change the rial version to free version? that is remove MOSS 2007 trial and set SharePoint services 3.0 to host the sharepoint services.

  6. Thanks Neha for this post. It solved my uninstallation problem.But I faced a problem after installation of MOSS (I created the registry that you suggested). I could not run any existing WSS site. Then I uninstall MOSS from Control Panel/Add remove Programs. It was successfully uninstalled. Then I reinstalled MOSS 2007. Wow, it worked fine. Thank you again.

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  8. I cannot find

    C:\%CommonProgramFiles%\Microsoft Shared\SERVER12,

    I could only find:

    C:\%CommonProgramFiles%\Microsoft Shared\Web server Extensions\12

    Shall delete the whole folder?


  9. Which step do u actually do the uninstall of MOSS2007 ? Thanks.

  10. Follow this one: http://www.stefangordon.com/post/Uninstall-MOSS-2007.aspx simple and straight forward. works like a charm.

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  16. Thanks, worked Great. Nick.

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