In this article we will show you, Step by step approach to Uninstall SQL Server Management Studio with screenshots. Remember, this will only uninstall SSMS but not the SQL Server instance. Before we start uninstalling let me show you, How the SQL Server Management Studio will look like.
TIP : Please refer Install SQL Server to understand the steps involved in installing SQL Server.
Uninstall SQL Server Management Studio
In order to completely uninstall SQL Server Management Studio, or any existing SQL Server component from your computer. First, go to Control panel -> Add or Remove Programs and find the Microsoft SQL Server (Version, and Bit may be different in your case). Next, click on the Uninstall/Change button as we shown below.
Or right-click on it will open then context menu. Please select Uninstall/Change option as we shown below
Either of the above methods will open the following window. Please click on the Remove hyperlink
This will open a Remove SQL Server window. Here, MSSQLSERVER is the default instance that we previously installed in our system. If you install your SQL Server with Named instance then select that named instance.
Select Features: Please select the features that you want to uninstall from your computer. Below screenshot will show you the list of pre-installed features in our local system.
In order to uninstall SQL Server Management Studio, Please check mark Management Tools – Basic, and Management Tools – Complete features.
Click Remove button
Allow few minutes to completely remove SQL Server Management Studio
As you can see from the below screenshot, SQL Server Management Studio is completely removed from our local system.
Let me try to open SQL Server Management Studio. As you can see, it is saying ssms.exe is no longer working.