How to Delete a Software Package in Essentials

Applies To: System Center Essentials 2010

You can use System Center Essentials 2010 to remove software that is obsolete or no longer needed in your organization. After you delete a package, you will no longer be able to deploy that software. However, the software remains on any computers on which it is already installed. To uninstall the software from managed computers, you must specifically approve it for uninstall before deleting the package.


When a Windows Installer package is deleted, it is removed from Essentials 2010 views, but the files still exist on the Essentials management server. This enables you to use the Windows Installer repair capability, in case it is needed by computers on which the software is installed. To remove the package files, use wsusdebugtool.exe as described in WSUS Tools and Utilities.

To delete a package

  1. In the Essentials console, click Software.

  2. In the Software pane, expand Software Packages, and then click All Software Packages.

  3. In the results pane, right-click the software package that you want to delete, and then click Delete.

See Also


How to Create and Deploy a Software Package in Essentials
How to Delete a Software Package in Essentials
How to Uninstall Deployed Software in Essentials