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How to: Uninstall ARMD

Background
This article applies to ARMD V5.1 ~ V5.7 users under Windows 2000 or higher.

The uninstall process consists of an automatic removal of all ARMD program files. There are however, some files that will remain in the system.

Definitions
APF file

An APF file is a file that represents a project. This file will have an extension of .apf and for ARMD 5.6 and older versions; it will be located in the ARMD root folder. This file however, does not contain the project files. All this file contains is a path to the project folder. It can be though of as a shortcut to the folder that contains the project files.

ARMD Root folder

The ARMD root folder is the default location where all of the ARMD modules store their files. It is also the default location where APF files and project folders are stored.

For ARMD V5.6 versions and before, even though a project file may be stored in a different location, it will usually be located in the “C:\Program Files\ARMDW” folder.

For ARMD V5.7, even though a project file may be stored in a different location, it will usually be located in one of the following 2 locations:

  • C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\ARMD57\” (Windows XP)
  • C:\Users\Public\Documents\ARMD57\” (Windows Vista / 7).  

Process

You must first make sure that all ARMD modules are closed. Any program that is open while uninstalling will not be removed.

Uninstall your ARMD using Add/Remove Programs in the Windows Control Panel

Windows 9X/2000/XP

  1. Click Start, Settings, Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Select ARMD for Windows.
  4. Click Remove and follow the steps provided.

Windows Vista \ 7

  1. Click Start, Search, type Programs and Features, and click Go.
  2. Double-click Programs and Features.
  3. Select ARMD for Windows.
  4. Click Uninstall and follow the steps provided.

 

You will be prompted to choose between an Automatic or a Custom uninstall. Select Automatic and click Next (A custom uninstall allows advanced users to have more control over what gets deleted, this is out of the scope of this document).


Any files that get replaced during the installation of the ARMD software package are backed up in a folder (If the back up option is selected during the installation). If you select Yes in this dialog, the original backed up files will be restored, selecting No will keep the replaced files. If you aren’t sure of what to do, we recommend you select No. Click Next to continue.

 

Clicking Finish will begin the uninstall process.

 

Once the uninstall process completes, this dialog will close and ARMD will be successfully removed from your system. Please note that some files will remain in your system.

Remaining files
The following files will always survive the uninstall process. Removal of the following has to be done manually.

ARMD Root folder
All ARMD projects, sample files and folders are located in the ARMD Root folder. These files have to be removed manually after an uninstall. These contain all ARMD sample files and work done by an ARMD user. Once you are certain these files are no longer needed, you may remove the ARMD Root folder.

Sentinel Drivers
The ARMD software package requires the Sentinel Drivers to communicate with the ARMD hardware memory key. These drivers also survive an ARMD uninstall. For uninstall instructions please read the Sentinel End User Guide.

Microsoft .NET Framework (Only for ARMD V5.7 G2 in Windows XP)
If you installed ARMD V5.7 G2 in Windows XP and you didn’t have the Microsoft .NET Framework installed at the time, you were prompted during the ARMD installation to also install the Microsoft .NET Framework. We strongly recommend that you leave this in your system, as other software might rely on it. If you are certain that only the ARMD software package used this, you may uninstall it by doing the following:  

  1. Click Start, Settings, Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Select Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0.
  4. Click Remove and follow the steps provided.
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