The VMware vSphere components are uninstalled separately, even if they are on the same machine. You must have administrator privileges to uninstall the vCenter Server component.


Uninstalling a vCenter Server system while it is running disrupts the vSphere Client connections, which can cause data loss.

Uninstalling vCenter Server or the vSphere Client does not uninstall any of the other components, such as the bundled database or Microsoft .NET Framework. Do not uninstall the other components if other applications on your system depend on them.


If you are uninstalling the vCenter Server, unlicense the vCenter Server and the hosts, and remove the license keys from the license inventory.


If you are uninstalling the vCenter Server, remove the hosts from the Hosts and Clusters inventory.


As Administrator on the Microsoft Windows system, select Start > Settings > Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs.


Select the component to remove from the list and click Remove.


Click Yes to confirm that you want to remove the program and click Finish.