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Uninstalling ArcGIS 10.3.1 for Desktop prior to installing 10.4 Pre-release

Question asked by graeme on Dec 16, 2015
Latest reply on Jul 8, 2016 by ACUSIG

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:


  • installing 10.4 pre-release over 10.3.1 - 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.