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Q: How do I completely uninstall Sony Vegas Pro or Sony Vegas Movie Studio from Windows 10?

Answer: If something goes wrong with Vegas Pro, Vegas Movie Studio Platinum or any other Sony program and nothing you do seems to fix the problem, the best solution is to do a clean uninstall and reinstall.

A "clean" uninstall will uninstall the application and remove all traces of it from your PC. Doing this can sometimes remove problems that are impossible to discover by yourself. After you remove all traces of Vegas from your PC, you can then re-install the program from a fresh copy of Vegas.

Please read the following before you proceed !

Are you removing a Sony program or Magix/Vegas program ?

Sony Creative Software use to own Vegas, but in 2016 Magix Software bought Vegas from Sony and is now releasing Magix/Vegas versions of VEGAS. You need to follow the instructions below, that are for the version of Vegas you own and ignore everything else.

Instructions for MAGIX versions of Vegas

Follow the instructions beginning here if you are using any of the following versions of Vegas:

  • MAGIX Vegas Pro 13 (build 543)
  • MAGIX Vegas Pro 14
  • MAGIX Vegas Pro 15
  • MAGIX Vegas Pro 16
  • or any newer versions of Vegas Pro released in the future
  • MAGIX Vegas Movie Studio Platinum 13 (build 987)
  • MAGIX Vegas Movie Studio Platinum 14
  • MAGIX Vegas Movie Studio Platinum 15
  • MAGIX Vegas Movie Studio Platinum 16
  • or any newer versions of Vegas Movie Studio released in the future

Instructions for Sony versions of Vegas

If you are using Sony Vegas Pro 13 (build 453 and older) and/or Sony Vegas Movie Studio Platinum 13 (build 955 and older):

Warning!

This procedure is potentially hazardous, if you do not follow the instructions correctly. Do it at your own risk. Take backups of your system drive and registry before you proceed, if you are not an advanced computer user.

Step 1 - Before doing a Clean Reinstall, it is important to do the following

  • Warning: This procedure is potentially hazardous. Do it at your own risk. Take backups of your system drive and registry before you proceed.

  • All audio and video effects chains and presets will be erased, so if you need to make a back up of your presets please download our Preset Manager program. For more information about backing up presets: How to back up and restore audio presets | How to backup and restore video presets

  • Safely disconnect any external USB or Firewire devices like hard-drives or dongles.

  • Temporarily turn off ALL anti-virus and security services. These applications have been known to interfere with software installation and registration.

Step 2 - Uninstall the Programs you want to remove

In the search box next to the Windows Start button, type "Control Panel" and select Control Panel from the results.

In the search box located in the top right corner of the Control Panel, type "program" and select Uninstall a Program from the options - this will open the Programs & Features window.

I recommend pressing on top of the Publisher column, which will alphabetically sort all your programs by Publisher. If the Publisher column is not turned on, right-click the Name column and turn on Publisher.

If you are uninstalling an older Sony version of Vegas, look for programs listed under Sony.

Step 3 

Once uninstalled, delete the following folders, if they're present on the machine.

If not, please continue with the instructions. Do not delete these entire folders if you have other Sony applications installed. Only delete the folder for the Sony Creative Software application you are using as well as the Shared Plug-Ins folder.

  • C:\Program Files\Sony\

  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Sony\

  • C:\Program Files\Sony Setup

Step 4

WARNING: The next step will require you to delete Windows Registry Keys. The Registry is a very sensitive area to work in. If you are not comfortable with advanced configuration and system changes, ask an administrator to help you with this.

Related Topics: How to back up and restore the registry in Windows

Next, open the Registry Editor. Press Windows Key + Q and type REGEDIT in the 'Start Search' box.
Press enter on your keyboard.

In the Registry Editor, locate and delete the application folder found within the following registry entries (e.g. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Sony Creative Software\Vegas Pro)

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Sony Creative Software

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Sony Creative Software

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Wow6432Node\Sony Creative Software

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Sony Creative Software

(Depending on which product and version you have installed, you may see one or more of these entries. If you do not see all of these, that is normal. Delete those which you do find.)

Close the Registry Editor.

Step 5

After removing all of the previous items, you may download and re-install from this link:

Sony Creative Software and Vegas (MAGIX) Creative Software program downloads

When finished with all re-installation, please restart your computer. When your computer has restarted, you will have a completely clean installation.

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    jmr · 02:12 24/08/2019
    I followed the instructions exactly for Windows 10, and when I tried to reinstall Vpro15 and 17 I get a >Net Framework Error and Vegas will not open. I have been working with the Magix helpdesk for a week, fixing all the permissions, reloading .Net Framework, Windows updates, and still have the problem. Any suggestions?
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      Derek
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      · 11:06 24/08/2019
      Hi jmr
      .NET Framework errors do happen to some people from time to time.
      The normal remedy is to follow the instructions I have posted on the forum here:
      https://www.moviestudiozen.com/forum/movie-studio-platinum/1614-dvd-architect-not-responding#8191

      If you still can't get it working after trying my fixes, I would recommend a "clean install" of Windows 10.
      A few years ago I experienced a catastrophic failure of Vegas. Nothing I did would fix the problem. The culprit was probably another program I had installed, which did something that corrupted Windows.
      I know reinstalling Windows is a big job, but it will save you time in the long run and give you a clean computer that works. I have a tutorial on how to do a clean install here:
      https://www.moviestudiozen.com/free-tutorials/computers-and-video-editing/548-how-to-do-a-clean-install-of-windows-10

      If you would like any further help, I recommend you post a message in the MSZ Forum here:
      https://www.moviestudiozen.com/forum/index
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        jmr · 00:53 26/08/2019
        Hi Derek,
        Thanks for your response and assistance. I had previously done everything you have suggested, except the clean install of Windows 10 which is probably my next step. It is interesting to note that V15 and V17 both work in the Admin mode but not when when signed in to my normal user account. Even after all the permissions were fixed the problem still exists. It is almost like .NET Framework cannot be found under my user name, as if there is a broken link. Perhaps I should create a new user name? Any other suggestions you have would be appreciated.
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          Derek
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          · 09:53 26/08/2019
          Now that you have told more about your problem, I can give you a better answer.
          A few months ago, someone contacted me about a similar problem, but unfortunately I can't find where that post is now. I do remember that when they reported back to me, they said creating a New Windows Administrator Account, fixed all their problems.
          Also make sure that when you are installing Programs, to always use the default C-Drive location. Sometimes when people install programs on other Drives, the Windows Permissions will not work correctly.
          1. Un-install the programs that are not working
          2. Create a New Windows Administrator Account.
          Instructions here: https://support.microsoft.com/en-au/help/4026923/windows-10-create-a-local-user-or-administrator-account
          3. If this does not fix your problem, I strongly recommend you perform a "Clean Install of Windows 10". It will save you more time and energy in the long run, to re-install Windows and all your Programs. If you do this, just make sure to backup ALL your files before you start.
          4. If you need any more assistance, please post a new message on the MSZ Forum - the community there (with my support) will help solve problems much faster. When you post a comment, no one else will see it except myself.
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    Mael · 10:50 02/04/2019
    Hi.

    I tried to uninstall it manually by deleting every file by myself, but now it just doesn't want to install, it says i already have it installed
    • Your comment will be reviewed by a moderator before it is published on the site.
      Derek
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      · 17:05 02/04/2019
      Which exact version of Vegas are you trying to un-install ?
      Why are you trying to un-install ? What is the actual problem ?

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