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    WSUS Complete Clean Removal and Re-install - Server 2012 R2 SP1 x64

    I have been attempting to install WSUS on Server 2012 R2 SP1 x64 with a few Hiccups.
    Firstly I believe it went well until I realised System Center Essentials 2010 installs its own WSUS version and uninstalled it.
    System Center refused to install thereafter due to WSUS still being present after I had uninstalled it, however any attempt to clean it has been futile.
    The only documentation I can find is in reference to Server 2012 not R2 and msiexec uninstall string for x64 isn't recognised.
    I have deleted the iis entries and any registry reg entries I can find to no avail.
    Out of interest I attempted to reinstall WSUS via Server Manager only to be presented with an error relating to an Invalid Installation Directory.
    This I can partially put down to it being a DC which isn't recommended of course. As far as I know either WSUS or System Center Essentials should still work regardless just not efficiently.

    Can anyone confirm whether I'm wrong about this?

    I require either solution but am happy just to get WSUS up and running and utilize an alternate solution to System Center.

    Thank you for any advice.

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    Honestly, your best bet here is to probably format and reinstall - it will save you time and sanity rather than trying to find obscure registry entries or running commands. If you can, install your software on a second member server, or test in a VM. Leave your DC's alone as much as possible.

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    Thank you for the reply.
    Unfortunately there are few options available other than a database server to install on.
    I think I may have found the culprit but haven't had a chance to reinstall yet.

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