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Uninstall Integration Services from Hyper-V Windows Guest Virtual Machine

You may find yourself in the situation where the integration services (components) which are installed into the guest Windows Operating System need to be removed. This article shows you how to easily remove the Integration Services from your Hyper-V guest.


 

 

Introduction

Firstly, a little bit of background. When you install the Hyper-V Integration Services in your guest Windows virtual machine, it allows the virtual machine to access the host hardware in a much more efficient manner. However, at times, it may be necessary to uninstall those Integration Services in order to gain some raw information on how the virtual machine will perform without native Hyper-V support.

Typically, we would want to remove the integration services when benchmarking the guest virtual machine to ascertain how performance will suffer if a non supported Operating System will be run under a virtualization platform, in this case Hyper-V.

Uninstall Hyper-V Integration Services from Windows Guest Virtual Machine

For this article, we will assume that you have a Windows Server 2008 guest with the Integration Services already installed, we will then walk you through the uninstall steps. Although we will be using Windows Server 2008, the same applies for Windows Server 2003, Vista, XP and 2000.

Unfortunately the Integration Services do not come with a point and click method for uninstalling, however it is possible to uninstall the Integration Services (components) if you understand a little about the Microsoft Installer (MSIEXEC).

Although the Integration Services do not show up in the Add/Remove Programs or Programs and Features sections in the Control Panel, it is possible to quickly uninstall them.

The following steps will walk you through on how to uninstall the Integration Components:

Insert the Integration Services Setup Disk

  1. Start the Hyper-V management console
  2. Start and Connect to your Virtual Machine
  3. Click on Action > Insert Integration Services Setup Disk

Open the Command Prompt

  1. Log onto your virtual machine and open the command prompt
  2. At the command prompt browse to the Integration Services Setup Disk, typically this will be the CD/DVD marked as drive D:
  3. At the command prompt browse to D:\support\amd64 or D:\support\x86 (depending on yoru guest architecture). For this example I’m using the amd64 architecture folder.
  4. There you will find the integration component installation files for various countries, but the important file is the setup file. Listing the directory shows the following files:

11:47 PM [DIR] . 11:47 PM [DIR] .. 11:47 PM [DIR] en-US 11:43 AM 134 kmdf.inf 12:11 AM 201,728 setup.exe 11:44 AM 1,919,968 WdfCoInstaller01005.dll 12:30 AM 1,078,296 Windows5.x-HyperVIntegrationServices-x64.exe 12:47 AM 430,816 Windows6.0-HyperVIntegrationServices-x64.cab 11:43 AM 757,296 WindowsServer2003.WindowsXP-KB943295-x64-CHS.exe 11:43 AM 757,808 WindowsServer2003.WindowsXP-KB943295-x64-CHT.exe 11:43 AM 764,464 WindowsServer2003.WindowsXP-KB943295-x64-DEU.exe 11:43 AM 774,704 WindowsServer2003.WindowsXP-KB943295-x64-ENU.exe 11:43 AM 762,928 WindowsServer2003.WindowsXP-KB943295-x64-ESN.exe 11:43 AM 763,952 WindowsServer2003.WindowsXP-KB943295-x64-FRA.exe 11:43 AM 762,416 WindowsServer2003.WindowsXP-KB943295-x64-ITA.exe 11:43 AM 777,264 WindowsServer2003.WindowsXP-KB943295-x64-JPN.exe 11:43 AM 758,320 WindowsServer2003.WindowsXP-KB943295-x64-KOR.exe 11:43 AM 762,928 WindowsServer2003.WindowsXP-KB943295-x64-PTB.exe 11:43 AM 763,952 WindowsServer2003.WindowsXP-KB943295-x64-RUS.exe 16 File(s) 12,036,974 bytes 3 Dir(s) 1,744,490,496 bytes free

Uninstall the Integration Services

To Uninstall the Integration Services from your Windows Virtual Machine, simply type the following at the command prompt:

Setup.exe /uninstall

Don’t forget to restart the guest virtual machine to make sure that the uninstall process has completed.

Conclusion

This article outlined some of the prerequisite knowledge on the Hyper-V Integration Services and demonstrated an easy way to uninstall them. By using the setup.exe /uninstall switch we were able to quickly and easily uninstall the Integration Components.

 

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