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I know that the regular uninstall available through Windows 10 for installing and uninstalling programs leaves behind "bread crumbs" in both the C:\Users subdirectory and the registry. I had to do this for Visual Studio 2019 when I uninstalled it but I do not know the equivalent instructions for VS2012.

Does anyone know any specifics with regards to this?


C. T. Blankenship

What I have tried:

Doing a normal uninstall of VS2012. When I re-installed it wasn't "clean". I stored some options created during the original install. I need a clean slate when I install it again.

I also Googled and tried this:

Forcibly removing Visual Studio 2012.

1. Download the setup application you used to originally install Visual Studio 2012.
2. Open a command prompt.
3. Type in the full path to the setup application and pass the following command line switches: /uninstall /force.
4. Click the Uninstall button and follow the prompts.

It doesn't work ... :-(. I simply shows a dialog that documents all of the command line switches that can be passed to the .exe ... of which /uninstall /force is one.
Updated 9-Oct-19 11:09am
Richard MacCutchan 9-Oct-19 15:56pm
The only way I have ever found to do it is to look in C:\Program Files, C:\Program Files (x86), Appdata (Local, LocalLow and Roaming), and HKLM and HKCU of the registry. Microsoft in their usual helpful way tend to move things about with each release.

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