You can’t uninstall an application by using Group Policy Software Installation in a Windows Server 2012-based or a Windows Server 2012 R2-based domain

Applies to: Windows Server 2012 StandardWindows Server 2012 StandardWindows Server 2012 Datacenter

Symptoms


When you use Group Policy Software Installation to uninstall a managed application in a Windows Server 2012-based or a Windows Server 2012 R2-based domain, the application isn’t uninstalled from all domain members the next time that a user logs on or restarts the computer.  

Note This issue doesn’t occur if Uninstall this application when it falls out of the scope of management is selected under Deployment options.

Resolution


To resolve this issue, install the update rollup 2903939 or 2876415, or install the hotfix that is described in this article.

Note After you apply the update or hotfix, you still can’t uninstall applications that were installed by using Group Policy Software Installation before the update or hotfix was applied. To uninstall these applications, use logon scripts, or select the Uninstall this application when it falls out of the scope of management option.

Update information

To resolve this issue in Windows Server 2012 R2, install update rollup 2903939. For more information about how to obtain this update rollup package, click the following article number to go to the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
2903939 Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 update rollup: December 2013
 
To resolve this issue in Windows Server 2012, install update rollup 2876415.  For more information about how to obtain update rollup 2876415, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: 
2876415 Windows RT, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2012 update rollup: September 2013

Status


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

More Information


For more information about software update terminology, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates