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Thoroughly uninstalling Final Draft 9 from a Windows 7 computer

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Thoroughly uninstalling Final Draft 9 from a Windows 7 computer

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Note: If you are prompted at certain points to confirm that you want to continue, click Allow, Yes, OK, Continue or Next.

  1. If possible, deactivate Final Draft: Open the program and go to Help > Deactivate.
  2. Go to File > Exit;
  3. Go to Start > Control Panel > Programs > Uninstall a Program;
  4. In the Uninstall or Change a Program window click Final Draft (verify that it's FD9 that's been chosen from the Version column at the far right) and click Uninstall;
  5. Go to Start > Control Panel and in the Search Control box at the upper right type the word Fonts;
  6. Click Preview, Delete or Show and Hide Fonts;
  7. You may or may not see the Courier Final Draft font. If you do, delete it; close the Fonts window;
  8. Click on the File Explorer icon (usually at the bottom left of the screen);
  9. Go to Organize > Folder and Search Options > View tab and check the box for Show Hidden FIies, Folders and Drives;

  1. Navigate to Local Disk C > Program Files [or Program Files (x86)] and locate the Final Draft 9 folder. Check to make sure that there are in this folder no scripts or other files you need. If there are, move them elsewhere. Delete the Final Draft 9 folder;
  2. Navigate to Local Disk C > Program Data and delete the folder labeled Final Draft;
  3. Delete the folders labeled Data and English (United States).  DO NOT delete the Backup folder;

Next, you will delete the Final Draft registry key.

IMPORTANT: THE SYSTEM REGISTRY IS A CRITICAL AREA. FOLLOW THESE DIRECTIONS CAREFULLY

Quit any programs that might be running and go to your Desktop.

    1. Go to Start > Search;
    2. Type regedit and select it from the list above. The Registry Editor will come up;
    3. Click on the arrow next to HKEY_CURRENT_USER;
    4. Click on the arrow next to Software;
    5. If you have previous versions of Final Draft installed, click the arrow next to Final Draft to expand it;
    6. Right-click on the folder labeled 9.0 and left-click on Delete;
    7. Click Yes when prompted to confirm the deletion;
    8. Also under HKEY_CURRENT_USER > SOFTWARE delete the FLEXlm License Manager folder;
    9. Exit the Registry Editor.

Final Draft 9 is now completely removed from the system.

You can download the current Final Draft 9 installer HERE.


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Views: 4653 Created on: Feb 24, 2014
Date Updated: May 23, 2017
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