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Can't Uninstall SQL Server 2005 Express Tools

Posted By:      Posted Date: September 19, 2010    Points: 0   Category :Sql Server

I am attempting to install SQL Server 2008 Enterprise Trial and receive the follow error during installation.


"The SQL Server 2005 Express Tools are installed. To continue, remove the SQL Server 2005 Express Tools."


I have used Add or Remove programs to remove all components of SQL Server 2005 Express.  I have even reinstalled the Workstation Tools of SQL Server 2005 just so I could indiviually remove those tools, and then completly removed the SQL 2005 installation.


I have used regedit to search for any instance of SQL Server 2005, there is none.



There is still an entry for SQL Server Mangement Express in my all programs listing.  However trying to launch that program fails with errors, so it is partial still installed.


Can anyone tell me how to wipe out these last bits of SQL Server 2005 Express Tools?  I have tried everything I have found searching this forum to no avail.



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 1- UserLT (this is sql 2000)
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Connection to SQL Server files (*.mdf) require SQL server express 2005 to function properly. please verify the installation of the component or download from the URL: go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkId=4925

I went in Tools>Opetions>DataBase tools>Data Connection>Sql Server Instance Name (blank for default)

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