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I have solution installed in my solution store. I am trying to retract the solution but is stuck on "Retracting".

Solution Tried : 1 . Restart Timer Job services

But when i am trying to add solution and retract solution from Visual Studio i am able to do it successfully.

Any solution ?

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You have to use STSADM commands to remove a stubborn solution. I have been in this situation several times in SP2007, this blog post covers all the steps:


Caveat: I don't THINK that SP2010 has changed the STSADM commands that much, so it should still work in SP2010. Let us know.

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If your in 2010, you may as well start getting used to Powershell. Open up the SharePoint Management Console and run:

Uninstall-SPSolution YourSolutionName.wsp –AllWebApplications

Remove-SPSolution YourSolutionName.wsp

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15 : Powershell command Uninstall and remove does not work. –  Monica Jagani Aug 26 '11 at 3:49

Make sure that the "Sharepoint 2010 Administration" service is running.

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This does not provide an answer to the question. To critique or request clarification from an author, leave a comment below their post - you can always comment on your own posts, and once you have sufficient reputation you will be able to comment on any post. –  Arko D Apr 12 '13 at 20:35
It is not a critique and I don't require clarification. Monica has tried retracting the timer job services. She has tried using Powershell and has the same problem. Now, the timer job service starts the retraction and puts it into the "Retracting" state. The "Sharepoint 2010 Administration" service is the service that actually performs the retraction and it is entirely possible that it isn't running! I had the same issue and this was the solution. In what way am I not answering the question? –  johnnycardy Apr 14 '13 at 10:36

make sure that the "Sharepoint 2010 Timer" service is running .(run > services.msc)

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She has already restarted this service, as per her post –  Robert Lindgren Oct 17 '13 at 11:45

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