When you're having problems uninstalling CA Business Intelligence despite following instructions as per documentation

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Last Modified Date : 14/02/2018
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The CA Business Intelligence is a big application with several components/services. Sometimes it does not uninstall/ remove those component properly and re-installation becomes difficult.


IMPORTANT: This article contains information about modifying the registry.
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First of all we have to ensure we followed the CA Business Intelligence Installation Guide, Chapter-3, Section: Uninstall from Microsoft Windows.

If that does not help then we can review and try the following:

Business Objects "Uninstall Procedure (manual)"

  1. Uninstall for FP3.3:

    msiexec /X{4A341824-8433-42C1-8977-A8594934AC1C} REBOOT=ReallySuppress /qn

  2. Uninstall for SP3:

    msiexec /x{73FE5725-19F5-4205-87CA-30802A3E005F} REBOOT=ReallySuppress /qn

  3. Uninstall for SP2 (the core install):

    msiexec /x {1FF06B85-EB4F-400D-8602-30A1DD48673B}

  4. Delete the installation directory

    <install location>\CommonReporting>

    The default location is c:\Program Files\CA\SC\CommonReporting

  5. Delete the following registry entries if they exist:


NOTE: Above is strictly for the installation applicable for CA Business Intelligence bundled with R12.0 GA version. And you need to follow exact same order of bullets as mentioned.