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1546523 - How to uninstall DataDirect ODBC 5.3 drivers from a Windows XP machine


How to uninstall DataDirect ODBC 5.3 drivers from a Windows XP machine


  • DataDirect ODBC 5.3
  • Windows XP (All Patch Levels)
  • Crystal Reports 2008 (All Patch Levels)

Reproducing the Issue

  1. Install DataDirect ODBC 5.3 drivers on a Windows XP machine
  2. Go to Control Panel -> Add or Remove Programs
  3. Observe that DataDirect ODBC 5.3 drivers is not listed in Add or Remove Programs and we have no uninstaller as well


The DataDirect ODBC 5.3 installer does not create an entry under Add or Remove Programs nor does it have a .exe file to uninstall the drivers






This resolution involves making a modification to the System Registry. This is not an operation supported under normal procedures of SAP BusinessObjects. Therefore we recommend that this operation only be performed under the direction of Support staff. Create a backup of the System Registry before making any changes.





  1. Go to C:\Windows\System32
  2. Delete the folder ‘DataDirect’
  3. Go to ‘regedit’ (Click Start -> Run and type regedit)
  5. Delete all the keys starting with the letters ‘CR’
  6. NOTE: A typical install of DataDirect would contain 9 ODBC drivers, so when you browse through to ODBCINST.INI you should see 9 ODBC drivers starting with ‘CR’

  7. While in the same registry folder (ODBCINST.INI) and a key called ‘ODBC Drivers’ and click on it
  8. The pane on the right hand side should display all the string values for ‘ODBC Drivers’
  9. Again, delete all the keys starting with the letters ‘CR’
  10. Click on Start -> Run and type odbcad32
  11. The ODBC Data Source Administrator window opens up
  12. Click the ‘Drivers’ tab and observe that the DataDirect drivers are no longer present


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