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[Solved] Uninstaller for BD version 5.2?


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 KenB
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I updated my Windows 10 computer from BD v5.1 to v5.2 a few months ago.
After the update I found that there is no entry for BD version 5.2 showing in either Control Panel > Programs and Features, or Settings > Aps > Aps & features.

Only version 5.1 is showing there:

BD 5.2 Uninstall Entries

 

After previous program updates I always had entries for BOTH the older version and the updated version showing, in both locations.
(There is an old thread about this on the Forum, where I figured out how to remove the entry for the older version by editing the registry.)

Also, I remember warnings about trying to use the Windows uninstaller to uninstall the older version of the program after an update, because you would end up uninstalling the program completely.

 

If you look at my registry entries in Regedit since updating to v5.2, you can see that the registry entry for v5.1 includes an uninstall string, while the entry for v5.2 does not:

BD 5.2 Regedit

 

I'm concerned that If I follow my usual procedure, and edit the registry to remove the obsolete v5.1 entry from Programs and Features, I will have no easy way to uninstall the Program (not that I'm planning to...).

Is this intentional?

Thanks!

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@kenb

Hi Ken,

Thanks for posting and thanks a lot for the screenshots. Always helpful.

In this case however, I don't have an answer as to what you are seeing. If you installed v5.2 onto your Win10 computer, it should still be there. I wouldn't bother with trying to remove v5.1 from the list. It doesn't help and causes no issues.

Assuming your database is still intact and in C:\Birder's Diary\data\, then simply installing v5.2 from this site will get you back to square one. You may need to reactivate your license again.

Before you do anything, make sure you have a backup or copy of your database in a safe place in case all goes belly-up. Very simple to recover as long as you have your database.

Let me know,

Jeff

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 KenB
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@jeff

I think you've misunderstood me...

My installation of BD v5.2 has been working fine since I installed it, upgrading from v5.1.

Whenever I have upgraded BD from one version to another in the past, the new version has been installed in the program folder (C:\Birder's Diary) along with the old version. After I have made sure the new version was working, I then removed the old version by deleting the old program EXE file (and associated icons) from the program folder.

I never had a problem with that.

But, whenever I have upgraded to a new version, I have always ended up with TWO entries for Birder's Diary showing in Windows Control Panel > Programs and Features (and now Windows 10's Settings (Apps & features). There would be an uninstall icon showing for both versions. I was always bothered by this, so I figured out how to remove the obsolete entry by deleting the appropriate registry key under

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Birder's Diary x.x

Again, this has always worked perfectly, no problems.

 

When I updated from version v5.1 to v5.2 a few months ago, however, the installation did NOT create an uninstall entry  in either Programs and Features OR Apps & features.

The entry for v5.1 is there, but no icon for v 5.2.

After upgrading I removed the old version's EXE and icons as previously, but I am concerned that if I delete the "usual" registry key for the uninstaller for version 5.1, there will be no entry at all for BD present in either location.

As I wrote above, the registry key for v5.1 includes an entry for an "uninstall string", while the key for v5.2 does not.

I guess what I'm concerned about is, will the entry in Programs and Features for version 5.1 allow me to uninstall the program normally if I need to?

And why didn't the v5.2 installation create an uninstall entry? I'm writing to ask this now because I updated the program to v5.2.46 yesterday, and there is still no uninstall icon showing for v5.2.

 

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Posted by: @kenb

I then removed the old version by deleting the old program EXE file (and associated icons) from the program folder.

This is correct.

Posted by: @kenb

When I updated from version v5.1 to v5.2 a few months ago, however, the installation did NOT create an uninstall entry  in either Programs and Features OR Apps & features. The entry for v5.1 is there, but no icon for v 5.2.

Ok - my bad. I think I removed that feature from v5.2. I can't check right now as my development system is performing a long update and backup. But pretty sure I did that. So that would explain what you are seeing. The reason I did this is to prevent users from accidentally Uninstalling older versions and removing their database.

The proper way to uninstall BD is to simply remove the entire installation directory; by default C:\Birder's Diary\...

This is not a preferred way for me to solve this. However, the installation software I use does not have a feature that allows me to configure it to avoid the situation above. So, this was the best option I could find.

Let me know what questions/concerns this might create.

Thanks and sorry for the confusion,

Jeff

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