I have a student who installed SQL Server 2014 with tools, but the Management Studio part did not install. There is no SSMMS.EXE on the machine.
So I tried to reinstall it, and the Management Studio tools come up checked but grayed out, so the SQL Installer will not let me make any changes.
So I tried to uninstall SSMS from the control panel-->uninstall programs. However, it was not there.
So I uninstalled all SQL Server programs, then I killed all running instances, then I deleted all the MS SQL Server files under both program files and program files (x64). Then I updated Visual Studio 2010. Then I tried to reinstall SQL Server.
Again, the tools appeared, but they were checked and grayed out.
Soooo. SQL server thinks the SSMS tools are installed and thus will not let me reinstall them. However, they are not installed, so I cannot remove them.
Any idea how to convince SQL server that the tools are in fact absent?