Manual Uninstallation Of Sitecore (Step-By-Step Guide)

Hey, there! In this tutorial, we'll learn step by step how to remove a Sitecore solution manually. This process includes deleting the associated services, files, and databases.

For our example, we'll remove this solution called

Step 1: Remove the IIS configuration

For this process, we'll have to go to the Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager and delete the Sitecore sites (Solution, Identity Server, and X Connect).

Manual Uninstallation of Sitecore (Step-by-step guide)

Step 2: Delete entries in the hosts' file

Next, we must delete the three entries of the hosts (with admin permissions), as we can see in the following image:

Manual Uninstallation of Sitecore (Step-by-step guide)

Configuration file path: C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts.

Step 3: Delete associated Windows services

In the Task Manager, within the Services section, we can see the services associated with our Sitecore solution. Before proceeding to remove them, we'll stop these services.

Manual Uninstallation of Sitecore (Step-by-step guide)

Then, from the command console (in admin mode), we'll eliminate each of the services as we can see in the image:

Manual Uninstallation of Sitecore (Step-by-step guide)

Command: SC.exe DELETE [Service_Name].

Step 4: Delete the associated IIS APPPOOL user profiles

To eliminate these users, as verification, we must first go to the Task Manager, and in Details, we can check if there are processes w3wp.exe that are running our Sitecore instance. In that case, we'll only need to stop these processes.

Manual Uninstallation of Sitecore (Step-by-step guide)

Then, in Windows Settings – About – Advanced System Settings, we can see the properties of the system, and in settings, we can delete the associated users.

Manual Uninstallation of Sitecore (Step-by-step guide)

Step 5: Delete the databases from the Sitecore solution

In this process, we can go to the SQL Server Management Studio, connect to our local server, and delete the corresponding databases.

Manual Uninstallation of Sitecore (Step-by-step guide)

Step 6: Delete the file directory

To finish the uninstallation of Sitecore, what remains is to delete the directories of our solution:

Manual Uninstallation of Sitecore (Step-by-step guide)

General location of the instance: C:\inetpub\wwwroot\<Instance_Name>\.

Step 7 - Plus: Delete/Remove Solr service

To remove Solr, or remove the indexes of our Sitecore instance, we have these two possible cases:

A. Remove the indexes of the instance

If we want to preserve the Solr service, all we have to do is eliminate the associated indices. For this, we'll first stop the Solr service, and finally, we will eliminate the indices on the path: C:\Solr\<Your_Solr_Folder>\server\solr\.

Manual Uninstallation of Sitecore (Step-by-step guide)

B. Remove Solr service

The second case is to remove the associated Solr service completely. For this, we must follow the following steps:

  • Stop the Solr service.
  • Delete the service in the console: SC.exe DELETE [Solr_Service_Name].
  • Delete the Solr directory: C:\Solr\<Your_Solr_Folder>.

The Sitecore instance is now uninstalled!

That's great! Now our Sitecore instance is completely removed.

If you have any questions or ideas in mind, it will be a pleasure to be able to be in communication with you, and together exchange knowledge with each other.