When it comes time to install a new suite, you may feel like removing an older version. In my case, I wanted to remove an entire 2015 suite from my Surface Pro 3. What is the quickest way to do this?
Well, you can do it almost completely unattended with the Autodesk Uninstall Tool, which should already be installed on your system. Its in the Start Menu under Autodesk…
Just tick the boxes and click Uninstall. It will tick away and let you know how many products have been uninstalled. Nice and easy…
The tool is located at:
C:Program Files (x86)Common FilesAutodesk SharedUninstall ToolR1UninstallTool.exe
For clean uninstall tips, also check out:
Sometimes you can run into Revit installation errors. There is a good “checklist” of steps to take to try and get past these over at RevitDE. It includes things like disabling UAC and antivirus programs, ensuring you have admin rights etc.
It also describes how to use the Autodesk Uninstall Tool (a new feature in 2014 products).
Google Translate of RevitDE post
I would love to be able to press one button and see all of the current Autodesk products that I have installed disappear. No, I’m not souring on Autodesk 🙂 It’s just that often the different suites and products do not play nice when trying to install them in an environment with existing Autodesk products of the same generation.
Autodesk has provided some tools to automatically uninstall certain products:
How to perform an automated uninstallation of the AutoCAD Design Suite 2013 family of products
The provided uninstall tool will detect and uninstall 32-bit or 64-bit versions of AutoCAD Design Suite 2013 (English only).
How to perform an automated uninstallation of AutoCAD 2012 and Autodesk Design Suite 2012 Family Products
The uninstall tool will remove folders and registry keys related to the uninstalled product and plug-ins.
Unfortunately, I can not find tools to uninstall all Autodesk products of all generations, nor can I find specific tools to uninstall Building Design Suites. Can you find anything?
Restart Windows Explorer using the following steps:
- Start the Windows Task Manager
- Choose File -> “New Task (Run…)”
- Enter explorer.exe in the edit field
- Click OK
Autodesk – AutoCAD Civil 3D Services & Support – Windows 7 Explorer fails to restart after uninstalling an Autodesk product
A previous attempt to install or uninstall an Autodesk® product failed to successfully complete and now you are unable to install or reinstall an Autodesk product on your system.
In these cases, it is strongly recommended that you clean your system by uninstalling all Autodesk products and supporting applications (add-ins, utilities, enablers, etc.), and by removing related files and settings before attempting to reinstall. The end result is a clean system on which you can install your new Autodesk product.
Autodesk – Autodesk Revit Architecture Services & Support – How to remove all Autodesk products from a Windows system
This is pretty drastic stuff, but sometimes it is the only way…
How do you get rid of all the remnants of Revit 2010?
Check out this page at Autodesk Revit Architecture Services & Support.
It’s interesting to see where Revit stores it’s stuff in the Registry.
However, I’m not too sure on the recommendation to ‘Use the End Task feature to end any anti-virus programs’ before reinstalling Revit. Anyone see any complications with this?