Uninstall or Remove CM 2012 client using CCMClean exe

Since SMS 2003 days, we’re using CCMClean.exe to uninstall or remove the client components. Removing/Uninstalling ConfigMgr 2007 or 2012 clients using CCMClean.exe is not supported by Microsoft. “Not supported by Microsoft” !! So, what does that mean ? Well, it’s not tested (extensively) and certified by Microsoft for the products ConfigMgr 2007/2012. However, it may or may not work. In my experience, the CCMClean.exe is able to successfully remove/uninstall ConfigMgr/SCCM 2007 and 2012 client components. Smile More details below……

Download – CCMClean.exe (Download SMS 2003 toolkit and run it to install all the files – go to the installation directory, it includes CCMClean.exe )

We can run the CCMClean.exe on remote machines using PSEXEC.exe. You should have administrative privileges on that remote machine.


The command line parameters which can be used with CCMClean.exe.

Try and check out using “CCMClean.exe /?”

Silent install –> ccmclean.exe /q


I’ve tested CCMClean.exe on SCCM / ConfigMgr 2012 client and it did work perfectly !!!

a) Verify the CCMClean.log file to get more details

Log file location = “C:\Users\administrator\appdata\local\temp” OR %temp%


b) Check the event log for some more details or confirmation


c) CCM registry entry has been REMOVED


d) SMS Agent Host service has been REMOVED


e) WMI namespaces (root\ccm and root\cimv2\SMS) have been REMOVED


Posted in: CM2012, ConfigMgr (SCCM), Configmgr2012, SCCM, SCCM 2012, Tools


  1. Michiel Overweel says:

    Why bother if “ccmsetup.exe /uninstall” does the job as well, and *is* supported?

  2. Prabhat Joshi says:

    I agree with Anoop on this , ccmclean is more effective and cleans the WMI and registry traces from the machine .

  3. I had removed sccm client though ccmclean.exe in sccm 2007 updated client as found it worked.

  4. Young Pae says:

    Thanks for this. BTW, ccmsetup.exe /forceinstall is added for SCCM 2012 SP1. Do you think /forceinstall is strong enough so that we don’t have to run ccmclean.exe, reboot then try re-install?

  5. hi Pae,
    you dont have to run ccmelean.exe,with SP1, existing client will be uninstalled and then a new client will be installed.

  6. TGH says:

    I would NEVER use ccmsetup.exe /uninstall – never clears out everything fully, CCMClean is by a long distance the best tool for this job.

  7. Harry says:

    I am new to SCCM .I have uninstall the client .Can you please help me to install the client again on server .

  8. Raman Katoch says:

    I am getting error messages after running the “ccmclean.exe /Client” , error1. “failed to connect to namespace root\ccm\softwareMeteringAgent(80070422) , error2. “failed to open to WMI namespace ‘\\.\root\ccm\SoftwareMeterringAgent’ (80070422) , error3. Failed to run command line “”C:\windows\ccmsetup\ccmsetup.exe” /uninstall” (740)

    Though i have already Run Ccmsetup.exe /uinstall , i have SCCM2012 environment… but ccmsetup.log showing me following lines:
    “Unable to delete file C:\WINDOWS\ccmsetup\ccmsetup.exe (0x80070005). Continuing.
    Failed to clean ccmsetup files for uninstallation.
    Task ‘Configuration Manager Client Upgrade Task’ does not exist
    CcmSetup is exiting with return code 0″

    so i thought it may not uninstalled in a proper way then i came across your article.

  9. Raman Katoch says:

    Thanks Anoop for your quick response, Appreciate it !!!

  10. Richard Davies says:

    Hi Anoop, I am trying to fix a problem with the MP and BITS Server Extension on my site server and after several deinstall/reinstall cycles of BITS, MP and client I’m now just desperate enough to try uninstalling the client with ccmclean.exe rather than the ‘supported’ methods. Is there any issue with running it on an SCCM 2012 site server, with the /client switch?



  11. Chad says:

    Worked like a change. Thank you.

  12. Tom says:

    Thank you, this worked like a charm. I had a machine that ccmsetup.exe (2007) /uninstall did nothing, manually removed the client but the 2012 install always failed. Ran this few times for gave some errors first time, then tried the 2012 install and boom! Took 2 days of work and so simple solution in the end.

  13. Stian says:

    Hi! I had to uninstall a lot of configmgr clients, and they still appear as installed in the configmgr console. I’ve confirmed that they are uninstalled :)
    Is there any way I can force a “cleaning” of the repository so that they appear as uninstalled?

  14. Shashank Bhatt says:

    Hi Anoop,

    Could you please give me the command line to uninstall client remotely through ccmclean.exe via psexec

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