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Uninstall last default SQL 2005 Instance

Hi All, I want to Uninstall last default SQL 2005 Instance from the server. However, I do need to keep the SQL Server client tools (like Management Studio) on the server. If I select just Database engine during Uninstall, only SQL instance will be removed , right? I can still retain the SQL client tools..am I correct? ![alt text][1] **What will this selection unistall - database engine only or also client tools? (I have selected the SQL instance - MSSQLSERVER and then database engine)** Thanks in advance.. [1]: /upfiles/uninstall.JPG
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When you highlight each of those nodes in your picture, the details of that node are displayed on the right side under "Feature Description", the "Shared Tools" node should be where SSMS is contained. Leave that out of the uninstall process to keep it installed.
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But if I leave out that shared tools, even the data files gets deselected...does that mean that the database engine will also remain?
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WilliamD answered
Correct, the client tools are a separate entity all together. If you choose to uninstall SQL Server, then the server will be removed, but the client tools will remain installed.
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Thanks...sorry to confirm it again...When I select database services --> saying Entire feature will be uninstalled, even then the Client tools will remain?... and this is the Last default instance on the server..
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You choose the components to remove, just like when installing you choose the components to install.
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You will have a choice of what components to uninstall just like you had choices of what to install. Simple choose what you want to remove and you are good to go.
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