NIS-Elements: Complete Uninstall of NIS-Elements in Windows Vista & 7 This document specifies the step by step uninstall procedures for removing NIS-Elements from a PC with Windows Vista or Windows 7 operating systems. Note number: 0017 Creation Date: 10/2009 Date Modified: 11/2011 Installation *Note: If this system has an A1 or C2 connected or if EZ-C1 is installed, please contact Hank Mallin at [email protected] (Biosystems Service Manager) for proper NIS- Elements uninstall procedure. BACKUP 1) Before beginning the uninstall procedure, backup optical configuration files, layout manager files, and move important files/images from the NIS-Elements folder. Backup any added macro modules by copying the Nikon\Shared\DLL and Nikon\Shared\Macro folders to a safe location. Also, record settings for devices such as filter wheel positions, connections parameters, etc. This information can be backed up using "NIS Settings Utility." 1 -1- This utility allows for the backup individual of NIS-Elements settings, such as "Device settings", "Optical Configurations", "Objectives" , etc. UNINSTALL 1) Begin uninstall by either StartProgramsNIS-ElementsUninstall a. Alternatively, uninstall by StartControl panel Control panel HomeProgramsUninstall a program 2) Select ‘Remove all personal settings’ and click on Finish CLEAN REGISTRY 3) Select ‘Start’ and type in “regedit” and then press ‘Enter.’ 4) Expand ‘HKEY_CURRENT_USER’ 5) Expand ‘Software’ and delete any folders related to Nikon, NIS-Elements, or Laboratory Imaging. 6) Expand ‘HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE’ 7) Expand ‘Software’ and delete any folders related to Nikon, NIS-Elements, or Laboratory Imaging. DELETING REMAINING FOLDERS & FILES Note: Before beginning make sure to change folder options to show hidden files/folders. 8) Go to the hidden folder “C:ProgramData” and delete the folders containing files relating to Nikon, NIS-Elements, or Laboratory Imaging. These folders contain necessary drivers, .dll files and data files. If you are not sure if the file/ folder are related to Nikon, NIS- Elements or Laboratory Imaging "DO NOT DELETE!" 9) Repeat the same process in the folders “C:Program Files”, “C:Program Files (x86)” 10) Go to each user in the “C:Users” folder and open the hidden “AppData” folder. Repeat the same process as 8 and 9 in the folders “Local” and “Roaming”. DELETING INSTALLSHIELD FILES 11) Go to the hidden folder “C:Program FilesInstallShield Installation Information” or “C:Program Files (x86)InstallShield Installation Information” on 64-bit PCs, and delete the appropriate folder(s). To determine which folders contain files relating to Nikon, NIS-Elements, or Laboratory Imaging, open each folder and find the “setup.ini” file. Double-click this file and it should open in the Notepad app. In the first few lines look for Nikon, NIS-Elements, or Laboratory Imaging, if it does, close the notepad and delete the entire folder. Be careful here not to delete files/folders that aren’t related. If you are not sure, do not delete! 12) Close all open windows and restart computer.
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