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Is it possible to uninstall ArcSDE for SQL Server Express?
No, it is not possible to uninstall ArcSDE for SQL Server Express.
The installation processes for ArcSDE for SQL Server Express, ArcSDESqlExpressPersonal.exe and ArcSDESqlExpressWorkGroup.exe, do not install ArcSDE or Esri components. For this reason, the 'Change or Remove Programs' option is not available in the Windows 'Add or Remove Programs' and 'Programs and Features' dialog box.
The installation processes for ArcSDE for SQL Server Express provide the ability to install Microsoft SQL Server Express and configure it for use with ArcGIS products. The files that allow ArcGIS clients to connect to and work with geodatabases in SQL Server Express are installed with the client applications.
It is possible to uninstall the SQL Server Express instance through 'Add or Remove Programs' and 'Programs and Features' in the Control Panel.
If there are any problems removing a SQL Server Express instance from a machine, please consult Microsoft Support.