As existing applications become outdated or are no longer being used, you may need to remove them. Deleting an application also deletes any components that are contained in the application. If these components depend on additional resources (database connections, data or text files, Internet Information Services (IIS) virtual root configuration, and so on), these resources must be removed by using tools or utilities other than the Component Services snap-in.


If you delete a COM+ server application while it is running, the application shuts down without warning before it is deleted.

Membership in Administrators, or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete this procedure.

Removing COM+ Applications

To delete a COM+ application using the Component Services snap-in
  1. Open Component Services.

  2. In the console tree, double-click Computers, and then double-click the computer for which you want to delete an application.

  3. Double-click the COM+ Applications folder for the specified computer to display all the applications.

  4. Click the application that you want to remove.

  5. If you selected a server application, shut down the application. To do this, right-click the application, and then click Shut down. If you selected a library application, make sure that all processes that are currently using this library application are shut down.

  6. Right-click the application. If Delete is not an option when you right-click the application, you must enable deletion of the application by doing the following:

    1. Right-click the application, and then click Properties.

    2. In the application properties page, select the Advanced tab.

    3. Under Protection, clear the Disable deletion check box.

    4. Click OK.

  7. Right-click the application, and then click Delete.

  8. In the Confirm Item Delete dialog box, click Yes to delete the application.

Additional considerations

  • Component Services is no longer in Administrative Tools. To open Component Services, click Start. In the search box, type dcomcnfg, and then press ENTER.

The following procedures are especially useful for deleting COM+ applications on client computers that are not running the Component Services snap-in.

To delete a COM+ application using Windows Explorer
  1. On the computer on which you want to delete the COM+ application, use Windows Explorer to locate the server application file (.msi) or application proxy file (.msi).

  2. Right-click the .msi file, and then click Uninstall. Windows Installer automatically deletes the application.

To delete a COM+ application using a command line
  • At the command prompt, type the following, and then press ENTER:

    msiexec -x <application_name>.msi

    Value Description


    The name of the application to be deleted.

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