How to Uninstall Pro Tools from Windows and Mac OS

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How to Uninstall Pro Tools

As someone interested in recording, mixing, or editing music, you’ve probably heard of Pro Tools. It’s a multi-tool instrument developed and improved to create a customized digital audio workstation for your Windows or Mac device. Pro Tools is an excellent program for producing music for films or other videos. It’s also used for all types of sound and music recording, editing, and mastering, and it operates just like a professional mixing console, so it’s quite popular among sound engineers, music producers, and hobbyists. However, there are many reasons why you may want to uninstall it. Below we’ll show you how to uninstall Pro Tools from various forms of Windows or Mac operating systems.

Why Do You Want to Uninstall Pro Tools?

Despite being an excellent tool, you might want to uninstall Pro Tools for the following reasons:

  • You want to switch to another tool.
  • Your first installation didn’t go well resulting in a glitchy user experience.
  • You want to update to a newer version.

In most cases, you don’t have to uninstall an older version of Pro Tools to install a new one, as the newer versions are designed to run over the older ones and operate with no issues. However, glitches happen, and you might have to delete the current version to install a new one. Here’s how:

How to Uninstall Pro Tools

If you want to uninstall Pro Tools, you just need to follow these steps.

How to Uninstall Pro Tools from Windows XP

It’s very unlikely that you still use Windows XP since Microsoft stopped supporting it in 2014. However, if, for some reason, you have an ancient machine that operates on Windows XP. Then you might also have an earlier version of Pro Tools installed on your machine. Here are the steps to uninstall it from Windows XP.

  1. From the Start Menu, go to the Control Panel.
  2. Select Add/Remove Programs and double-click it.
  3. Select Digidesign Pro Tools, then press the Remove button.
  4. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to make sure that you’ve completely uninstalled Pro Tools.

Since Windows XP is extremely old, your Pro Tools version (if it still works) is designed by Digidesign. This brand was acquired later by Avid Technology in 1995 and later became Avid Audio in 2011. In other words, there have been some changes since.

How to Uninstall Pro Tools from Windows Vista

Windows Vista was quite popular in its day for being a solid operating system. It introduced for the first time the User Account Control. But just like its predecessor XP, Microsoft stopped supporting this operating system in 2017.

As such, it’s quite unlikely that you have an earlier version of Pro Tools on an old laptop that operates using Vista. But if you do, here are the steps to follow to uninstall it from your system.

  1. From the Start Menu, go to the Control Panel.
  2. Press Programs and choose Uninstall a Program.
  3. Choose Pro Tools, then press Uninstall.
  4. A set of instructions will appear on the screen. Follow them to make sure that you’ve deleted all traces of the program.

Even after uninstalling an older version of Pro Tools, you won’t be able to download a newer version on a laptop supported by Windows Vista because Pro Tools currently operates on Windows 10 and higher version.

How to Uninstall Pro Tools from Windows 8

Although Microsoft stopped supporting Windows 8 back in 2016, officially closing the store in 2019. Like all the other Windows operating systems, you can still use it on your device. Follow these steps to uninstall Pro Tools from your Windows 8 device.

  1. Click the Search icon.
  2. Choose Settings.
  3. Type: uninstall and choose Uninstall a program.
  4. Choose Avid Pro Tools.
  5. Click Uninstall or Change, then Remove from the Installer menu.
  6. Then just follow the on-screen instructions for the complete uninstallation.

How to Uninstall Pro Tools from Windows 10

Here are the steps to follow to uninstall Pro Tools from Windows 10.

  1. From the Start Menu, select the Windows System, then Control Panel.
  2. Choose Programs and Features.
  3. From the programs list, choose Avid Pro Tools.
  4. Click Change and follow the instructions that appear on the screen.

If the program is highlighted in gray, it will be impossible to uninstall it. If this is the case, you should follow these steps.

  1. Right-click the Start button.
  2. Select Command Prompt or WindowsPowerShell to gain access to the uninstallation option.
  3. Type: control appwiz.cpl to activate the original uninstallation screen.
  4. Choose Avid Pro Tools, then select Change.
  5. A popup window will appear, choose the uninstall option from this window.
  6. Finally, delete any Avid files from C:\Program Files\Common Files\ and C:\users\*Username*\AppData\Local.

To ensure you’ve deleted all the traces of Pro Tools from your system, you’ll want to follow up with a registry cleaner. These programs help you make sure that you’ve removed all traces of any program or app you’re trying to uninstall.

Here are some options to consider:

How to Uninstall Pro Tools 10 from Macintosh OSX

This method works best for removing an older version of Pro Tools 10 from your system. Follow these steps to uninstall the program and all its files.

  1. Log in as an Administrator for the account used to install Pro Tools.
  2. Select Applications/Digidesign/Pro Tools/Pro Tools Utilities.
  3. Double-click Uninstall Pro Tools. There are multiple uninstall options to choose from.
  4. Select Safe Install if you want to leave some plug-ins that you’ll need to operate other Avid products. If you want to remove all the files, choose Clean Uninstall.
  5. Enter your password and click Finish to close the uninstallation window.

How to Uninstall Pro Tools 11, 12, 2019, 2020, or 2021 from Macintosh OSX

Starting from Pro Tools 11, Pro Tools changed into a package, so an uninstaller option isn’t included.

As such deleting the program and all its related files won’t be easy. As a matter of fact, you’ll likely have some plug-ins left on your device. But they won’t cause any problems.

Here are the steps you need to follow.

  1. If you have Pro Tools 11 or a higher version, first, send the folder to the trash bin. This will remove the program and leave some hidden plug-ins that shouldn’t affect your machine’s performance.
  2. If you want to revert to an older version from a newer one, move the following files manually to the trash bin.
  3. Mac HD/Applications/Pro Tools
  4. Mac HD/Users/home/Library/Preferences/Avid/Pro Tools
  5. Mac HD/Library/Application Support/Propellerhead Software/Rex
  6. Mac HD/Library/Application Support/Avid/Audio
  7. Mac HD/Library/Audio/MIDI Patch Names/Avid
  8. Check the Launchpad to see if Pro Tools is still there. In most cases, it will be gone.
  9. Check the desktop and make sure that the icon doesn’t exist.
  10. Empty the recycle bin to get rid of the last traces of Pro Tools.

Following these steps will guarantee that you’ve removed Pro Tools and all its files.