Un-Installing Service Pack for SQL Server | SansSQL

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Un-Installing Service Pack for SQL Server

Unlike any other software, SQL Server also allows uninstalling of the Service packs. This is a feature that was introduced from SQL Server 2008 SP1 and above and here is how you do it.
Before you do the activity, it is recommended to take a full instance backup just in case to recover if anything goes wrong.

Check the Current Service pack level of the SQL Server Instance.
Go to "Programs and Features" options in Control Panel and click on "view installed updates"

Highlight the Service Pack you want to uninstall and click "Uninstall"

The uninstall Service Pack for SQL Server wizard will now come up and click "Next" here once the update rules have been verified.

Select the features for which you need to remove service pack and click "Next"

Once the file check is completed, Click "Next"

Verify the Summary and click "Remove"

Wait for the process to complete

Once this is completed, Restart the computer to finish the SQL Server Setup.

Now verify the changes