Whenever I install a new version of ArcGIS for Desktop, especially new full or dot releases, I try to completely uninstall the previous version. Consequently, today when I realized ArcGIS 10.4 Pre-release for Desktop was available I decided to uninstall 10.3.1 and then install that. I removed the CSW Clients for ArcGIS Desktop first, and that went smoothly.
However, when I tried to uninstall ArcGIS 10.3.1 for Desktop, I encountered the error below which I posted about at Avoiding Error 1325 EsriPyFldr not valid short file name when uninstalling ArcGIS for Desktop? - Geographic Information … .
While waiting for an answer I started to try a few things like:
- running this utility (Fix problems that programs cannot be installed or uninstalled ) - it seemed to be doing something but then hung for a couple of hours whereupon I abandoned it, closed the hung window and rebooted
- re-installing 10.3.1 back over itself - it blocked me at
I suspect that my only way forward will be if there is some utility available to wipe all traces of ArcGIS 10.3.1 for Desktop from my system. Is there one?
My environment is: Windows 7 SP1, and besides ArcGIS 10.3.1 for Desktop (which seems to still be working fine), the other Esri software on it is ArcGIS Pro 1.1.1 and ArcGIS Earth Beta.