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Today I tried to clean up my PC and this includes uninstalling unnecessary stuff. One of the programs is MySQL for Visual Studio 2.0.5. I already uninstalled my Visual Studio installation which was Visual Studio 2017 Community. Now every time I try to uninstall/repair the MySQL for VS, I get the error Visual Studio version 2012, 2013, 2015 or 2017 must be installed. This website suggestes that this bug should have been already fixed and it offers some cumbersome workaround.

Since I have no intention on installing VS again, I would be interested in an easy way to remove that program.

Please note that I tried to uninstall via Control Panel as well as CCleaner. Could some other uninstalling program solve this issue?


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  • "Could some other uninstalling program solve this issue?" - No, they all work exactly how Control Panel works, so they are all going to have the same problem. The executable you need to remove it no longer exists on your system. Have you tried to install just MySQL for Visual Studio 2.0.5 by downloading the installation file here and then remove it? You should update your question with any relevant information after doing so. I am shocked VS is installing preview software from Oracle.
    – Ramhound
    Commented May 16, 2018 at 21:43
  • @Ramhound I tried your suggestion, but it doesn't work. I even get the same error when executing the .msi file. From how I understand it, it is not missing the executable, but something else Commented May 16, 2018 at 22:16
  • You created the registry values as suggested by your linked article? 2017 would be Visual Studio 15.0
    – Ramhound
    Commented May 16, 2018 at 23:09
  • No, I don't like playing around in the registry. Also I hoped for a way around that Commented May 17, 2018 at 21:03
  • It would be helpful to know, if the potential solution (provided you adapt it for VS2017), works or doesn't work. I would rather avoid submitting an answer that doesn't even work. I suppose the simplest solution, is to write an answer and let the community decide if it's helpful. You are going to need to decide, between installing VS2017 or attempting registry modification. The suggested modification is harmless.
    – Ramhound
    Commented May 17, 2018 at 21:51

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I now went a simpler way, but not as clean as I wished it to be.

  1. Delete the folder containing the files
  2. Enter registry editor (regedit) and go the path HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Installer\Products
  3. Now search for the entry with the right ProductName
  4. Delete the key (program won't show up in Control Panel)
  5. Run CCleaner to clean the remaining registry entries connected to that program

I think that this is sufficient enough to "uninstall" a program, but I am not 100% sure.

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I tried this and it worked. Install Visual Studio Community from here Install Visual Studio for Python(or anything for that matter) and wait until it completely downloads Now, go to Control Panel > Programs and Features > Select MySQL for Visual Studio > Uninstall Once you're done uninstalling that, you can uninstall Visual Studio also and it's all done!

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