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Incomplete uninstall of Rational Application Developer 7.0 and Installation Manager prevents re-installation



Using the uninstall feature of the IBM® Installation Manager for Rational® Application Developer version 7.0 does not completely remove all related files and folders from a RAD installation, leaving behind files and folders that could prevent another installation of the application.

Resolving The Problem

Follow this procedure to remove all files from a previous RAD installation:

  1. Confirm that in folder options the view hidden files and folders feature is checked
  2. Launch the IBM Installation Manager and select the Uninstall Packages option.
    • Follow the on-screen instructions by selecting the checkbox for the desired RAD install, or by pressing the Select All button (Note: This will remove all installs listed on the Uninstall Packages screen)
  3. Uninstall the IM using Add/Remove programs from the operating system Control Panel
  4. Go into the <IM_install_dir> and <RAD7_install_dir> directories and remove the InstallationManager and SDP70 folders, respectively.
  5. Navigate into %WinDir% and remove the .nifregistry file if found
  6. Open the %WinDir%\ file and create a backup.
    • Once this is done delete any entries containing the target <RAD7_install_dir> in the original file. This file is shared by previous installations of RAD and should be deleted only if no other Rational products are present.
  7. Navigate into C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator and remove the .ibm folder
  8. The C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\IBM folder contains the default Eclipse workspace, and you can remove this as well.
  9. Open the folder C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Application Data\IBM and remove the InstallationManager folder
  10. Open the folder C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\IBM and remove the InstallationManager folder
  11. Delete the following Windows registry key for the Installation Manager:
    Note: To gain access to the registry from the Microsoft® Windows® Start menu, you would typically use: run regedit or just enter: regedit on the command line. Before editing the registry, you should make a backup.
  12. Reboot the system.
  13. Begin fresh IM and product installs

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Document Information

Modified date:
16 June 2018