How To Delete An Application In SCCM 2012

In this post we will see how to delete an application in sccm 2012. The question is why do you want to delete the application that’s deployed to collections. The reason for deletion of application may be the users won’t require it anymore or another software might be replaced with it which has good features than the existing ones or it any be any other reason.. Well, if you try to right click the application and click delete, the application will not get deleted in SCCM 2012. There is a small procedure that you need to follow in order to delete the application. Lets take a look at it.

How To Delete An Application In SCCM 2012

Launch the ConfigMgr Console, Click on Software Library, Application Management, Applications. In the previous post we had deployed Office 2010 using sccm to a collection. In this post we will be deleting this application from our sccm server.

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When we right click the application and select Delete, we get a warning message box. It clearly shows that the number of active deployments is 1 which means the application is deployed once. Click OK.

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Before we delete the application its recommended to retire that application. To do so right click the application and click Retire.

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Next we click on Deployments and we see that the application is deployed to a collection named All Windows 7 Systems. Right click the Collection and click Delete.

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Right click the Application and click Revision History.

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On the Application Revision History window, start deleting the revisions from the bottom.

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Delete all the revisions one by one.

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Once you have deleted all the revisions, right the application and delete it. You get a warning box, click Yes to delete the app permanently.

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Prajwal Desai

Hi, I am Prajwal Desai. For last few years I have been working on multiple technologies such as SCCM / Configuration Manager, Intune, Azure, Security etc. I created this site so that I can share valuable information with everyone.

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  1. Hi Prajwal,

    Please let me know what will happens to the content on dp..?is it get remove automatically or we need to remove the app from dp before deleting it from the console?? I thing this info should be in the blog but will appreciate if you clear this point in comment also…

  2. Great article, I was having issues with deployments showing up in Software Center even after I had deleted them. I realize now that I wasn’t removing them using the correct method.

  3. Incorrect – Right click the Collection and click Delete.
    Correct – Right click the Deployment and click Delete.

  4. Hi Prajwal,
    I’m not able to delete the history at all my only option is “View”. Any suggestions?

    1. This happened to me. Retire the app before you can delete the last revision remaining. Otherwise, if you’re unable to delete any revision, it’s possible your permissions are not set the same.

      1. Same issue here I have only one revision available but only the option “View”. I am a full administrator in the SCCM Console. What else do I need? Apparently after deleting the Deployment Types now I have the “Delete Option” available!!! is it expected?

  5. Hi Prajwal,

    I trying to get SCCM report for only the server in our environment with :OS version/RAM /number of processer /Domain/With services pack /Hard Disk /Physical or VM
    Below query I’m not get the way we want.
    Possible to have your suggestion.
    SELECT DISTINCT(CPU.SystemName0) AS [System Name],
    CPU.Manufacturer0 AS Manufacturer,
    CPU.Name0 AS Name,
    COUNT(CPU.ResourceID) AS [Number of CPUs],
    CPU.NumberOfCores0 AS [Number of Cores per CPU],
    CPU.NumberOfLogicalProcessors0 AS [Logical CPU Count]

    1. It’s not the answer to your issue, but will save you some time from troubleshooting your query/report.

      Launch CMD as Admin, type in systeminfo /s ServerName and you’ll get an output of everything you just asked. If you want further details, you can logon to the machine or use Computer Management (compmgmt.msc) to remotely connect to the machine and get list of disks/partitions. If it’s a VM, you’ll have to check from the vCenter.

  6. Hi Prajwal,

    Nice article, but if I can ask – what happens to the software distributions that you have when initially creating the software.
    Does that get removed automatically as well… I normally do this task manually but if there is any way to automate it – then I’d be very interested in knowing this.

  7. Hi

    Am new to scccm. We are using sccm 2012. I have some doubt, can i able to uninstall software by using sccm 2012 which software does not install by using sccm.
    can i able to use third party software if possible please suggest me any good third party tool.

  8. Hi Prajwal,

    On SCCM there is a term called Application Supersedence, which we can do replace an application on the client with another application or with new version of the same application. To perform the supersedence we must uninstall the current application firstly, then we can do to deploy a new application to the clients.

    Can we uninstall a client application from SCCM, or we must do it manually on client systems?


    1. When you supersede an application, you can specify a new deployment type to replace the deployment type of the superseded application and also configure whether to upgrade or uninstall the superseded application before the superseding application is installed.

  9. Hi Prajwal, Firstly great blog! Secondly, if you right click and delete the application before you remove the revision history it appears that these revisions remain in the content library (filestore). Is there a utility or exe that I can run that can remove orphaned folders?


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