Manual uninstall of Rad Studio/Delphi/C++Builder XE8

Abstract: How to delete all the files just in case you need to for some unknown reason. Note: This process is recommend for field testers before installing the RTM release.

Under your Control Panel's Program and Features Add/Remove Program uninstall the following entries:

  • Embarcadero RAD Studio XE8

Please follow these instructions to remove any leftover files:  

  1. Remove the %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Rad_Studio_XE8_Downloads folder
  2. If Windows 32-bit, remove the C:\Program Files\Embarcadero\Studio\16.0 directory.
  3. If Windows 64-bit, remove the C:\Program Files (x86)\Embarcadero\Studio\16.0 directory.
  4. Remove the C:\Users\Public\Documents\Embarcadero\Studio\16.0 directory
  5. Remove the C:\ProgramData\Embarcadero\Studio\16.0 directory.
  6. Remove the %APPDATA%\Embarcadero\BDS\16.0 directory.
  7. Remove the following hidden folders with a GUID name in C:\ProgramData\
    1. {C49877F5-B9A4-4C4D-AB8D-F7F9DA1A9BBB} (main installer)
    2. {9F19A9B8-2F31-4CDE-86FC-23D7D5353AB3} (Update 1 main installer)
  8. Remove the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Embarcadero\BDS\16.0 registry key
  9. If Windows 32-bit, remove the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Embarcadero\BDS\16.0 registry key
  10. If Windows 32-bit, remove the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{1AB2D4DE-34EB-48EB-A9F2-148D02A063E4} registry key.
  11. If Windows 32-bit, remove the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Embarcadero RAD Studio XE8 registry key.
  12. If Windows 64-bit, remove the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Embarcadero\BDS\16.0
  13. If Windows 64-bit, remove the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{1AB2D4DE-34EB-48EB-A9F2-148D02A063E4} registry key.
  14. If Windows 64-bit, remove the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Embarcadero RAD Studio XE8 registry key.
  15. If Windows 32-bit, remove the following files from C:\Windows\System32\:
    1. BDEAdmin.*
    2. CC32*.DLL
    3. Midas.*
    4. Xerces*.DLL
  16. If Windows 64-bit, remove the following files from C:\Windows\SysWOW64\:
    1. BDEAdmin.*
    2. CC32*.DLL
    3. Midas.*
    4. Xerces*.DLL

Field testers should also do the following (and others may want to as well):

  1. Delete sample files from %PUBLIC%\Public Documents\Embarcadero\Studio\16.0
  2. Delete DBExpress connection files from %PUBLIC%\Public Documents\Embarcadero\Studio\dbExpress\16.0

If you had problems in the first step (uninstalling from Windows Control Panel), try this Microsoft tool to solve uninstallation problems:

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9779673