Uninstalling Tableau Server 2018.1 Or Earlier Versions on Windows

Published: 10 Oct 2016
Last Modified Date: 02 Apr 2020


How to manually uninstall Tableau Server on Windows 2018.1 or earlier version.


Tableau Server 2018.1. and earlier versions


If you are using Tableau Server 2018.2 and later versions on Windows or Linux, follow the guidelines described in Tableau Help:

For Tableau Server 2018.1 and earlier versions on Windows

Step 1
We recommend that you make a backup of your installation of Tableau Server before beginning the uninstallation process. For more information, see Back Up Tableau Server Data.

Step 2
Uninstall the existing server using the Add/Remove Programs in the Control Panel. If you have a distributed environment, use Add/remove Programs on your primary machine.
Note: Uninstalling removes the application software, but leaves your data and configuration settings on the machine.

Step 3
Manually delete the versioned Tableau Server directory. The exact location of the directory depends on your operating system and the bitness of your Tableau Server installation.
  • 32-bit: C:\Program Files (x86)\Tableau\Tableau Server and C:\ProgramData\Tableau\Tableau Server
  • 64-bit: C:\Program Files\Tableau\Tableau Server and C:\ProgramData\Tableau\Tableau Server

Important: Deleting this directory removes your existing content so that a new installer does not try to import it into the new server.

Step 4
Manually remove all environment variables that reference Tableau Server or tsm.

Additional Information

For more information about upgrading to a new version of Tableau Server, see the Upgrade topics in the Server Online Help.

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