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Thoroughly uninstalling Final Draft 9 from a Windows Vista computer

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Thoroughly uninstalling Final Draft 9 from a Windows Vista 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 (or Add/Remove Programs);
  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. Go back to Control Panel; When the Control Panel opens you can either be in Classic View or Control Panel Home view:
    1. If you are in Classic View:
      1. Double-click on the Folder Options icon;
      2. Click on the View tab;
    1. If you are in the Control Panel Home view:
      1. Click on the Appearance and Personalization link;
      2. Click on Show Hidden Files or Folders;
  9. Under the Hidden Files and Folders section select the radio button labeled Show Hidden Files and Folders.
  10. 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;
  11. Navigate to Local Disk C > Program Data and delete the folder labeled Final Draft;
  12. 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 click OK.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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Date Updated: May 23, 2017
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