I am seeking instructions or howto to completely remove user profile synchronization service from single server install of SharePoint 2013 to start fresh as I am unable to move past the "starting" stage or resolve my issues following Harber's documentation.


  • Yes, I have already done that and reinstalled, my issue is with the synchronization as its stuck on "starting" and I would like to start fresh on it.
    – user20367
    Oct 30, 2013 at 21:43

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If you have nothing important in the User Profile Service Application, just delete it. You can do that from the Service Applications page in Central Administration. See http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee721052.aspx.


As John indicated, just delete the UPA, then stop the Service Instance.

Stop-SPServiceInstance | where {$_.TypeName -eq "User Profile Synchronization Service"}

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