Q: How do I completely uninstall Vegas Pro or Vegas Movie Studio from Windows 10?
Answer: If something goes wrong with Vegas Pro, Vegas Movie Studio Platinum or any other Magix/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.
Important - 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.
For MAGIX Vegas Pro 13 (build 543), 14, 15 & 16 and/or MAGIX Vegas Movie Studio Platinum 13 (build 987), 14 & 15 follow the instructions listed below.
For Sony Vegas Pro (version 13, build 453 and older) and/or Sony Vegas Movie Studio Platinum (version 13, build 955 and older:
- follow the instructions here for Windows 10
- follow the instructions here for Windows 8/8.1
- follow the instructions here for Windows 7
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.
In the filenames below, change the number "1X" to your VEGAS Pro version, for example "15".
Step 1 - Location of Temporary Files Folder in Vegas
Check and remember which temporary files folder you have set in Options > Preferences > General. By default it is %LocalAppdata%\VEGAS Pro
Step 2 - Uninstall Vegas
Uninstall VEGAS Pro via Windows Programs and Features.
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 VEGAS.
Step 3 - After uninstalling, manually delete these folders from the file system
The temporary files folder you remembered above in step 1.
Step 4 - Delete VEGAS program folders
To be thorough, also delete the following folders, but if troubleshooting a problem, you might want to try first without deleting some of these if you they contain valuable settings that you don't want to lose:
%AppData%\VEGAS Pro (You'll lose customized windows layouts, keyboard settings etc.)
C:\ProgramData\VEGAS\VEGAS Pro (You'll lose VEGAS video media profiles)
C:\ProgramData\VEGAS\VEGAS_Pro_1X (You'll lose codec additional activations)
Step 5 - In the Windows registry, using Regedit, manually delete these folders
Open the Registry Editor. Press Windows Key + Q and type REGEDIT in the 'Start Search' box.
Press enter on your keyboard.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Sony Creative Software\VEGAS Pro\1X.0
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Sony Creative Software\Vegas Pro\1X.0
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Sony Creative Software\VEGAS Pro - MAGIX (This may only exist for version VP14)
Step 6 - Deleting further Sony Creative Software folders from the Registry
You could also consider deleting some of the other folders in the following locations, but only if you are 100% sure they are only related to VEGAS Pro and not other VEGAS or Sony Creative software:
KEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Sony Creative Software\
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Sony Creative Software\
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Sony Creative Software\
Step 7 - Reboot the PC
Reboot your computer
Step 8 - Clean the Windows Registry
Consider cleaning the Windows registry. For this purpose I regularly use CCleaner free version. Cleaning your registry carries significant risk. It is recommended to create a System Restore Point in Windows.
When CCleaner asks if you want to backup your registry before cleaning, you should! I usually fix all detected issues and then scan for issues again. Further issues are often found the 2nd time.
Step 9 - Reboot the PC again.
Reboot your computer.