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I have a really strange behaviour, I'm working with SharePoint 2007 and I have a feature web application scoped, and i don't want it automatically being activated on deploying the solution, but it still does although I set this properties to false:

ActivateOnDefault="FALSE" AutoActivateInCentralAdmin="FALSE" 

Here is the full xml of the feature

<Feature Id="EDFD660C-34BA-4c73-9928-AC8255352D834" Title="Workflows" Description="Activates my workflows" ActivateOnDefault="FALSE" AutoActivateInCentralAdmin="FALSE" Scope="WebApplication" Version="" Hidden="FALSE" DefaultResourceFile="core" xmlns="" ReceiverAssembly="sharepoint, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=d27a514ec27d3231" ReceiverClass="sharepoint.WorkflowFeature">
    <ElementManifest Location="elements.xml" />

Anyone has any idea, why it is still activated after deployement?

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Features are never deactivated when yiou retract/uninstall a WSP. Are you sure you tested from a clean state, where the feature had been deactivated prior to retract/uninstall the WSP, and then reinstall it? – Evariste Oct 11 '15 at 5:41

I noticed this behaviour also, please deactivate the feature from site collection first, then retract/remove solution and reinstall, if at the time of retraction the feature is active and you install the feature again, the feature gets activated upon installation

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I'm not sure if it will fix, i think i did this before and it was the same, but i'll retest later, now i have another issue which doesnt allow me to test – Shkipper Nov 22 '12 at 15:13

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