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If you want to uninstall the Guidance Automation Toolkit and Extensions, you must first uninstall (or unregister) each guidance package, as described in the following procedure.

To uninstall the Guidance Automation Toolkit and Extensions

  1. Open a solution that is using an automated guidance package.
  2. On the Tools menu, click Guidance Package Manager.
  3. In the Guidance Package Manager dialog box, click Enable/Disable Guidance Packages.
  4. In the Enable/Disable Guidance Packages dialog box, clear the check box next to the guidance package you want to unregister.
  5. Click OK, and then click Close.
  6. Repeat the process until you have removed all the guidance packages, including the Guidance Automation Toolkit package.
  7. Close Visual Studio, and then open the Add/Remove Programs dialog box from Control Panel.
  8. Select the entry for the Guidance Automation Toolkit, and then click Remove.
  9. Select the entry for the Guidance Automation Extensions, and then click Remove.

If you receive an error message when attempting to uninstall the Guidance Automation Extensions, you can manually clean up the stored settings for registered guidance packages using the following procedure. This may be required if you do not first unregister all the guidance packages registered on your computer. You can also use this technique to remove individual guidance packages if required.

To manually remove a Guidance Package

  1. Open the file C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\Recipe Framework\ReceipeFramework.xml in a text editor. The contents of the <GuidancePackage> elements will help you to locate the entries you must remove from Windows Registry.
  2. On the taskbar, click Start, and then click Run. In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.
  3. Open the Registry key HKLM\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\8.0 and look for the following subkeys:
    • Packages\{77d93a80-73fc-40f8-87db-acd3482964b2}\Templates. Delete all subkeys that refer to guidance packages you want to remove (each has a GUID as its key name that matches the entry in the XML file).
    • Languages\CodeExpansions\CSharp\Paths. Delete all values that refer to guidance packages you want to remove.
    • Menus. Delete all values that refer to guidance packages you want to remove (they will probably be at the end of the list following those with GUID names).
    • NewProjectTemplates\TemplateDirs. Expand each of the subkeys (the name of each one is a GUID) and expand the /1 key below that. If you find one where the (Default) value is the name of a guidance packages you want to remove, delete the entire GUID key and the /1 key below that.
  4. Go back to your XML file and remove all of the <GuidancePackage> elements that refer to guidance packages you want to remove, and then save the file.
  5. If you installed any of the guidance packages you want to manually remove from a Windows Installer, run the Windows Installer CleanUp utility to clean up the Windows Installer–related registry settings. For information about the Windows Installer CleanUp utility, including download information, see Description of the Windows Installer CleanUp Utility.
  6. If you have removed the settings for all registered guidance packages and want to remove the Guidance Automation Extensions from your computer, the Remove option in the Add/Remove Programs dialog box will now succeed.

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