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Uninstalling Final Draft 8 / 7 from a Windows XP computer

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Uninstalling Final Draft 8 / 7 from a Windows XP computer


NOTE: All support for Final Draft 7, including software activation, has been discontinued. You may find solutions to problems in the online knowledge base or in the PDF manual found on the installation CD.

  1. If possible, deactivate Final Draft: Open the program and go to Help > Deactivate and choose Online Deactivation; if the computer doesn't have internet access, click HERE for directions on how to do a manual deactivation.
  2. Close Final Draft.
  3. Go to Start > Settings > Control Panel> Add/Remove Programs.
  4. Choose Final Draft and click Remove (if you're on FD8 / 7 / 6, you'll get three options; choose Remove].
  5. Go to Start > Settings > Control Panel> Fonts.
  6. If you see the Courier Final Draft fonts (regular, bold anditalic), delete them. They should have been uninstalled during Step 1 but if they're still there, delete them now.

  1. Go to C: Drive > Program Files and locate the Final Draft 8 / 7 / 6 / 5 folder.
  2. Check to make sure that there are in this folder no scriptsor other files you need. If there are, move them elsewhere. [Note:FD5's backup folder is in this folder; move it to the Desktop if you want to keep your backups.]
  3. Delete the Final Draft 8 / 7 / 6 / 5 folder. Next, you willdelete the Final Draft registry key:


  1. Quit any programs that might be running and go to your Desktop.
  2. Go to Start > Run.
  3. Type in regedit and click OK.
  4. Click on the plus sign next to HKEY_CURRENT_USER.
  5. Click on the Plus sign next to Software.
  6. Highlight the folder named Final Draft (if you have two versions of Final Draft installed, this contains the key for both versions. If you only want to remove one version, click the plus sign until you see the folder for Final Draft 5 or Final Draft 6 and highlight that folder).
  7. Press Delete on your keyboard.
  8. Click Yes when prompted to confirm the deletion.
  9. On FD7 or 6, repeat this procedure for the third folderdown, HKEY_LOCAL MACHINE.
  10. Exit the Registry Editor.

Final Draft is now completely uninstalled from the system.

IMPORTANT: Live technical support (phone, chat, email) for Final Draft 8 has been discontinued. You will still be able to find information and solutions in this knowledge base and in the FD8 User Guide.

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Views: 10275 Created on: Dec 28, 2009
Date Updated: Dec 29, 2017
Posted in: Installing
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