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How to Uninstall Deployed Software in Essentials

Updated: April 14, 2010

Applies To: System Center Essentials 2010

You can use System Center Essentials 2010 to uninstall previously deployed software from managed computers. Approving software for uninstallation does not affect the respective package. You can later use the package to reinstall the software.

When Essentials 2010 uninstalls software from managed computers, it uses the uninstall parameters that are specified in the Essentials 2010 software package. If the software is listed in Add or Remove Programs in Control Panel, the uninstall process removes it from that list.

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Programs that are published to Add or Remove Programs can be seen only by members of the local Administrators group.

For more information about software deployment types, see About Software Deployment in Essentials.

To uninstall an EXE application

  1. In the Essentials console, click Software.

  2. In the Software Overview pane, click Create and deploy new software package.

  3. Use the New Software Package Wizard to create an uninstall package for the software that you want to uninstall.

  4. On the Specify Installation Parameters page, click Yes, and then enter any parameters that should be used with the setup file to uninstall the software. Many applications have an uninstall parameter that is used to uninstall the application.

  5. On the final page of the wizard, select Show deployment options when this wizard closes, and then click Finish.

  6. In the Approve Groups for Deployment dialog box, select the computer groups from which you want to uninstall the software.

  7. Click OK.

To uninstall a Windows Installer application

  1. In the Essentials console, click Software.

  2. In the Software pane, expand Software Packages Overview, and select All Software Packages.

  3. In the All Software Packages pane, right-click the software package that you want to uninstall, and select Approve for Uninstall.

  4. In the Approve Groups for Uninstall dialog box, select the computer groups from which you want to uninstall the software, and then click OK.

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