WSEE Installation


I recently installed Server Essentials 2019.  I then installed WSEE.  Something went wrong with the installation.  The MMC would not work.  I reinstalled the Server 2019.  When I tried to reinstall the WSEE, it said that I had to run the WSEE cleanup tool.  I can not get the tool to run.  What is supposed to happen when I run the tool?  How can I fix this issue.

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If you’re not able to perform a clean install, then you might want to consider restoring the server from backup to a point in time just before you first ran the WSEE Installer. From there you should then be able to run the WSEE Installer once again.

Strange that the WSEE cleanup tool is not doing anything… If I had to guess, it’s most likely because it is a wizard, and one or more of the components that it requires for the wizard to function properly is missing from your server (due to the recent OS reinstall/repair). Not sure that there’s anything I can do about that, but you can indeed have a look in the logs and see if there’s anything helpful shown in there. You can find the “Logs” folder for Windows Server Essentials located in the following location on your server:

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows Server\Logs

Other than that, and as a last resort, you can try renaming the following registry key on your server, and then running the WSEE Installer again and see if it’ll run successfully for you. Note that I’ve never tested doing that before and so I make no guarantees of what will happen (and so you might want to make sure that you have a working backup of your server before proceeding as a just in case).

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Server\Setup

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I’m not exactly sure what’s going on there seeing as if you’ve reinstalled Windows Server 2019 Essentials, then there should be no traces of WSEE left on the server (as it would have been wiped out during the reinstall). Microsoft does provide a provision for uninstalling the WSEE server role from the server (but makes you run their WSEE cleanup tool beforehand), but it’s not all that great IMHO (and I’ve never dug into the tool’s source code to see what exactly it does). You’re probably far better off just starting over from scratch again with a brand new/clean Windows Server installation than you are attempting to uninstall WSEE and then reinstall it again. That being said.. What exactly is the cleanup tool telling you when you attempt to run it?

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I would love to do a clean install, but I don’t have new hardware to put it on.  This is an active server, the only one the company has.

The cleanup tool isn’t telling me anything.  It doesn’t have any kind of screen, and no error messages.  I haven’t checked the error logs yet.  I should propably do that. If I find anything in the logs, I will post it.

  • Vernon Peppers answered 7 months ago
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