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Server Core: Uninstalling an application without control panel

By January 18, 2016September 11th, 2020Blog

As I spend more time in Windows Server Core and Hyper-V Server I appreciate more of the under-workings of the operation system.  Without a control panel uninstalling an application is not as straightforward. In a command prompt open up the registry editor:


Browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall

Here installed programs are listed by application ID.


Browse through them and look for the Display Name to identify the application you need to uninstall.


There will be a key called UninstallString, right click to Modify and copy its contents:


This value will be used in the command prompt, running msiexec.exe with the /i switch.  /i configures the application.


Depending on the application, the uninstaller will run, which may be a GUI or another automated uninstaller. You should see the Application ID removed from the Uninstall reg key from above.

Myke Schwartz, PEI

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