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2008-03-09

Uninstall SPSS

installer tells me that a there is still a previous version of SPSS 16 on my mac

SPSS is great, but ...

The Mac install is clunky. If you've aborted an install and want to start again, or you just want to get some space free, you have to remove the old installation.

You've removed all files and directories matching *spss* (and, for good measure, youve also tried *SPSS*), and you can't start again because the installer complains that you haven't removed a previous installation.

remove InstallShield (probably sitting in your home directory) and start again!

If you want to get rid of an older version, and you haven't yet started, use the uninstaller installed with SPSS,

SPSS know about the problem

They say:

Problem Subject: Trying to install SPSS 16 for the Mac yields an error message that there is already a previous flavor

Problem Description: I am trying to re-install SPSS 16 for the Macintosh and I am unable to do so because during the installation I am met with an error message telling me that there is already a previous flavor of SPSS on this machine and that it must be removed before a new install can take place. What is the reason for this message and how can I resolve this so that I can install SPSS 16 for the Macintosh?

Resolution Subject: Completely remove the previous installation of SPSS 16 from this machine

Resolution Description: The reason this is happening is that the previous installation of SPSS 16 for the Macintosh was not uninstalled correctly. If you merely trashed the application folder then SPSS 16 was not uninstalled. The uninstall function is found with the SPSS 16 applcation in the 'Applications' folder. In order to resolve this issue if SPSS 16 is not removed through the uninstall process please go into the 'Users' folder on the main operating systems hard drive. In here you should find a house with your login name on it and you should go into this item. In this house (folder), please trash the following:

~/initspssmac

~/InstallShield (directory, remove the whole thing)

~/Library/Preferences/com.spss.spss for mac.plist

Now empty your trash. Now you will be able to re-install SPSS 16 for the Macintosh.

48 comments:

Anonymous said...

thanks a lot!!

Krista Galyen said...

Thank you so much! I just had this same problem and it worked. Thanks!
:)

applied regression said...

same problem here. thanks for the solution!

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much.

Anonymous said...

finally a solution! thanxxx

Pieter said...

Great! I had the same problem here... solved now! Thanks, and best regards from Maastricht, The Netherlands. :-)

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for posting this information. I was encountering the exact same issue.

Anonymous said...

thanks so much from Brisbane-I was lost before I read this!

Anonymous said...

Thanks much! This was very helpful. It also helped to have Time Machine set up to revert to the previous install. Back up, back up, back up!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this. I ran the uninstaller but it left InstallShield and the plist. This is on Leopard

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this, it's awsome! I was gonna chuck my macbook pro out the window until I read this :)

Anonymous said...

Yes!! Thanks a lot from Copenhagen, Denmark

Linuxdream said...

sweet...thanks

Ali said...

THANKS MAN .it worked :)

Anonymous said...

thanks a lot !!

Anonymous said...

thank you! i love it how so many people have the same issue all over the world
katherine-adelaide, south australia

Tanya said...

Thank you!!!!
LA, California

Antonio said...

Thanks a million! I was searching throughout all my folders until I found these easy instructions. Thanks from Auckland, NZ.

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot!

Anonymous said...

Thanks very much, you saved my life (or at least my grade!)

Jelle said...

works perfectly!

Hillie said...

Great Thanks!

Anonymous said...

It worked a treat, THANKS!

gurkangocer said...

thank you :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot! It almost drove me mad...

Student from Sweden

Anonymous said...

yup, that's it!! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

omg you're great!
thankss!!!

Anonymous said...

thank you!

Anonymous said...

Yes indeedy! Saved me a lot of guessing and searching. Thank you!


Rob Mies

Anonymous said...

Oh God! Thank you soooo much. I was beyond pulling my hair out!

Anonymous said...

It worked flawlessly!

Anonymous said...

OMG....so I have been trying to figure this out for the last 2 days and came to website....WORKED LIKE A CHARM :)

Anonymous said...

thanks from holland

Anonymous said...

THAT IS INCREDIBLE ADVICE! YOU ARE A LIFESAVER! I LOVE YOU!

Anonymous said...

OMG! The SPSS help service was of no help at all. This threat was FANTASTIC. Thanks so much

Anonymous said...

Thanx it works like a charm.
But i had the spss.plist in 2 locations, in my home library and in my root library, i deleted both.

Anonymous said...

And more thanks from Greece!!!

Francisco Lupiáñez-Villanueva said...

Thanks a lot from Barcelona, Catalunya

Anonymous said...

Thank you! I spend two hours trying to figure this out and your directions were spot on!

nananaina said...

Thank you :)

Shantel said...

Thank you sooooo much. I needed this for class and nothing else worked. Your instructions were exact. Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

GREAT! Thnx a lot!

DRmJeEd said...

I have a problem i removed the SPSSinc folder from the applications now i tried to install spss 17.0 the same old one erorr message tell me that the installed version is newer or some thing like that i need help asap

Abdul Mjeed said...

I have a problem i removed the SPSSinc folder from the applications now i tried to install spss 17.0 the same old one erorr message tell me that the installed version is newer or some thing like that i need help asap

Michael Fourman said...

@DRmJeEd @Abdul Mjeed

Did you also remove Install Shield as per the instructions in the post?

Anonymous said...

Hi, I am having the same problem but I cannot find these to remove them ... I have looked where you said.

initspssmac

~/InstallShield (directory, remove the whole thing)

Thanks in advance for your help!

Anonymous said...

Like all the others, THANK YOU.

Worked great!

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