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In Central Administration I went to System Settings->Manage Farm Solutions

In there I selected the WSP I want to retract, clicked the Retract Solution link and clicked "OK" with all of the default values selected.

It then goes back to the "Solution Management" page and the status says "Retracting(Scheduled at ...)" with the current time in place of ...

For some reason when I go back to this page after a few minutes and check the Status it is back to deployed. What am I doing wrong?

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Are any errors reported when you go back into the page which lets you retract the solution? –  James Love Apr 19 '11 at 16:41
I notice this from time to time that it will be fully retracted from my content web applications but is still deployed to the Central Admin web application. Retracting it again usually resolves that and then can be removed. –  PirateEric Apr 19 '11 at 16:46
Are you certain you aren't looking at a browser cached version of the solutions page? hit Shift-F5 to reload it from the server –  Dave Wise Apr 19 '11 at 16:46
@James, no errors. @Pirate, I have tried several times with no luck. @Dave, no luck with the hard refresh. –  Abe Miessler Apr 19 '11 at 16:59
you should check your ULS and Event Log for errors too. To check for errors in deployment use PowerShell Get-SPSolution | select DisplayName, LastOperationResult –  Anders Rask Apr 19 '11 at 17:30

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up vote 9 down vote accepted

Not sure why it wasn't working through the Central Admin but I ended up doing it through the Management Console using the following commands:

Uninstall-SPSolution -Identity mySolution.wsp -allwebapplications
Remove-SPSolution -identity mySolution.wsp -force

Hope this helps someone.

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deactivate the features that is deployed by the wsp. Some times this happens due to the features that may be in use while it is trying to retract the solution

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where can I deactivate it? –  Reza Owliaei Dec 12 '12 at 18:53

From Central Administrtion thhp://yoursever:port/_admin/Solutions.aspx choose your solution, first retract and then delete it

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