WSS 3.0 Uninstall Left Things Hanging?

Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 uses a SQL Server instance named “Microsoft#SSEE” when installed using the default settings.  In some cases, this instance isn’t removed when WSS 3.0 is uninstalled.  The SQL Server 2005 Emebedded Edition product also isn’t listed in the Add/Remove programs, making removal of these left overs a bit more involved.  Try te following to uninstall:
  1. Open registry editor
  2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall
  3. Search for “SQL 2005 Embedded” (no quotes) under the Uninstall folder
  4. Copy the string in the Uninstall key
  5. Paste the string in a new command window
  6. Append “ CALLERID=OCSETUP.EXE” to the string
  7. Let it rip — this should uninstall SQL Server 2005 Emnbedded Edition along with the left over instance
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