Uninstalling manually on Windows

If the uninstallation program is not present or an aborted installation did not create a complete and functional uninstallation program, you can manually uninstall WebSphere Portal.

Perform the following steps to manually uninstall WebSphere Portal:

  1. Run...


    s to stop the server1 and WebSphere_Portal servers from the profile_root/bin directory:

    1. stopServer.bat server1 -username admin_userid -password admin_password

    2. stopServer.bat WebSphere_Portal -username admin_userid -password admin_password

  2. Verify that there are no other installations or uninstallations running.

  3. Locate and delete the portalinstall.lockfile file, if present, located in the %TEMP% directory; for example,C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Temp\portalinstall.lockfile.

    The Portal installer creates the portalinstall.lockfile to prevent two installations or uninstallations from running simultaneously.

    This is a temporary file and ordinarily gets deleted when the installation or uninstallation successfully completes, but it may not get deleted during an aborted or crashed procedure. Until this file is deleted, it will not be possible to initiate another installation.

  4. Uninstall WAS; if manually uninstall it, refer to Uninstalling manually.

  5. To edit the vpd.properties file and remove WebSphere Portal information:

    1. Open the C:\WINNT\vpd.properties or C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\WINDOWS\vpd.properties file.

    2. Remove all lines that contain the PortalServer_root installation string.

    3. Save and close the vpd.properties file.

  6. To edit the .ITLMRegistry file and remove WebSphere Portal information:

    1. Open the .ITLMRegistry file located in the %USERPROFILE% directory of the login ID used to install WebSphere Portal; for example, C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\.ITLMRegistry.

    2. Remove all lines that contain the PortalServer_root installation string.

    3. Save and close the .ITLMRegistry file.

  7. To remove WebSphere Portal entries from your operating system's native registry using the native registry tool:

    1. Read the Windows help system for information about using the Windows Registry Editor.

      When editing the Windows registry, your computer may not function properly if you delete the wrong information.

      If this happens, see the Windows Help system for information on how to restore the registry.

    2. Click Start > Run and then type regedit to start the Windows Registry Editor.

    3. Delete all entries under the HKEY_CURRENT_USER > SOFTWARE > IBM > WebSphere Portal Server.

    4. Run the sc delete service_name from a command prompt to remove a Windows service from the Services list and registry. Click Start > Control Panel > Administration Tools > Services to view the WebSphere Portal services names.

  8. Delete the PortalServer_root directory tree and the profile_root directory tree.

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Manually uninstalling WebSphere Portal