[wix-users] Manual uninstall

Vanniekerk, Tyrel (GE Healthcare) tyrel.vanniekerk at ge.com
Wed Nov 13 06:47:59 PST 2019

Seems they retired the cleanup util.  I did fine another fix utility.  I will give that a try.  Would still be nice to understand all of it better.


From: Wally Wojciechowski <Wally.Wojciechowski at imanage.com>
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You can use the Windows Installer Cleanup Utility to remove all the MSI related data for the hidden msi.
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Subject: [wix-users] Manual uninstall


Is there a resource out there that explains how the registry keys fit together for the WiX Toolset Bootstrapper and in my case, I have an internal hidden MSI install as well.

I accidentally removed a custom action I was still using and that caused the uninstall to fail.  Is there a way to force remove all the remnants of the installer?  I normally manually delete certain registry keys, but of course that leaves thousands of entries created by the MSI.

A tool that already does this would be nice, but I would like to understand the relationship between the registry keys/Guids of the bootstrapper down to the internal MSI down to all the MSI's bits and pieces.


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