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Removing remants of previous install

Posted By:      Posted Date: September 11, 2010    Points: 0   Category :Sql Server
I have a remnant of a previous install of SQL Server (circa 2000) that is preventing me from installing 2008 r2. There is no evidence of an installed version in either my menu of programs or the list generated in Control Panel/Add Remove Progs. However, there is an icon in my taskbar for the SQL Server Service Manager. When I trigger it, a dialog box opens up. The top drown box for Server is empty. The next drop down box for Services is empty. None of the command buttons (start, pause, stop) will run because "This service control action cannot be completed as no service has been selected." There are no services in either drop down box to be selected. In the lower left corner of the Service Manager dialog box is the message "Not connected - \\". When I run the configuration check prior to installing 2008 r2, it fails at the consistency check, indicating that there is another version of SQL Server installed. The Help provided advises that this other version must be removed before 2008 r2 can continue. Does anyone out there have a suggestion as to how I can try to "get to" a previous install of this nature, in order to get rid of it? I'm running XP Pro on a Dell Dimension 8400 workstation. Many thanks in advance for any help you can provide. John

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