I had installed and later uninstalled SQL Server 2005 . I used registry cleaner tools and deleted all files related to SQL Server .
Still the services console shows entry for previous installed database instance name .
Services management console I get this entry in Description column. Failed to Read Description Error code 2

How to delete them otherwise new installtion is showing problem.


1- Open cmd as administrator

sc delete servicename

2- open run > regedit , back it up first and then browse to


and delete the service key

3- reboot the machine

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  • worked PERFECTLY..actually I did sc delete servicename , but didn't know about registry keys . also rebooting is must to see changes . Thanks a lot !!! – Mudassir Hasan Jan 7 '13 at 13:28

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