SQL Server 2014 Installation

Last week I upgraded our Development box to SQL Server 2014.  Since this was a clean Dev box I had the choice of upgrading from SQL Server 2012 or doing a remove-install.  I figured that rather than leave all the detritus of the prior installs and versions of Data Tools, I would do a remove-install.

Well, uninstalling SQL Server 2012 turned out to be more than just clicking Uninstall in the Control Panel | Programs and Features section.  After trying as many Uninstalls as I could, I ended up using CCleaner to uninstall/remove a lot of the remaining bits and pieces.

With that done, I manually deleted the SQL Server folders from Program Files and anywhere else I could find them.

Then I used CCleaner again to clean the Registry of any SQL Server (now) invalid registrations.

I rebooted a few times in there too.

Finally, I had scrubbed away as much of SQL Server 8/9/10/11 as I could.

The install for 2014 went smoothly after that:

Folders Created by SQL Server 2014 Install
Folders Created by SQL Server 2014 Install

Guess what?   Half the stuff I had removed, was reinstalled by SQL Server 2014.  It installs components from a bunch of SQL Server versions:

Components Installed by SQL Server 2014
Components Installed by SQL Server 2014

So, now I have the SQL Server machine configured, I am waiting for the SharePoint server machine to be delivered.  Then we will be off to the races.

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