Uninstall SharePoint 2013

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Applies to: SharePoint Foundation 2013, SharePoint Server 2013

Topic Last Modified: 2016-12-16

Summary:SharePoint Server 2013 and SharePoint Foundation 2013 support a limited set of methods to uninstall.

You remove SharePoint 2013 by uninstalling it from Control Panel. When you uninstall SharePoint 2013, most files and subfolders in the installation folders are removed. However, some files are not removed. Also,

  • Web.config files, index files, log files, and customizations that you might have are not automatically removed when you uninstall SharePoint 2013.

  • SQL Server databases are detached but are not removed from the database server.

  • If you uninstall a single server that has a built-in database, SQL Server Express is not removed.

  • When you uninstall SharePoint 2013, all user data remains in the database files.

Before you begin this operation, confirm that you have uninstalled all language packs that are on the server.

Because SharePoint 2013 runs as websites in Internet Information Services (IIS), administrators and users depend on the accessibility features that browsers provide. SharePoint 2013 supports the accessibility features of supported browsers. For more information, see the following resources:

Use this procedure to uninstall SharePoint 2013.

To uninstall SharePoint 2013
  1. Verify that you are a member of the Farm Administrators group or a member of the Administrators group on the local computer.

  2. On the computer that runs SharePoint 2013, log on as a local or domain administrator.

  3. Start Control Panel.

    • For Windows Server 2008 R2:

      • Click Start, and then click Control Panel.

    • For Windows Server 2012:

      • On the Start screen, click Control Panel.

    For more information about how to interact with Windows Server 2012, see Common Management Tasks and Navigation in Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012.

  4. In the Programs area, click Uninstall a program.

  5. In the Uninstall or change a program dialog box, click Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013.

  6. Click Change.

  7. On the Change your installation of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 page, click Remove, and then click Continue.

    A confirmation message appears.

  8. Click Yes to remove SharePoint 2013.

    A warning message appears.

  9. Click OK to continue.

    A confirmation message appears.

  10. Click OK.

    You might be prompted to restart the server.

If you did not remove the language template packs before you uninstalled and then reinstalled SharePoint 2013, you must run Repair from the SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard for each language template pack on the server. After the repair operation is complete, you must restart the server. Finally, complete the language template pack configuration by running the SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard.