Uninstalling Backup Exec

Use Microsoft’s Add or Remove Programs option to remove Backup Exec from a computer. For additional information on Add or Remove Programs, refer to your Microsoft documentation.

Uninstalling Backup Exec also removes Symantec tape class drivers. If you reinstall Backup Exec and want to use Symantec tape class drivers, you must reinstall them.


When using the Shared Storage Option, you must uninstall Backup Exec from the secondary servers before uninstalling it from the primary server.

To uninstall Backup Exec

  1. Close Backup Exec.

  2. From the Windows Control Panel, select Add or Remove Programs.

  3. On the Add or Remove Programs dialog box, select Symantec Backup Exec, and then click Remove.

  4. When you are prompted to confirm that you want to uninstall Backup Exec from your computer, click Yes.

  5. If you want to remove all of the files that are associated with Backup Exec, click Yes, please remove Backup Exec and all of its associated files from the system.

  6. Click Next.

    If the uninstall program fails, click View Installation Log File for additional information.

  7. If you are prompted, restart the computer.

More Information

Uninstalling Backup Exec options from the local media server

Uninstalling Backup Exec