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How do I uninstall (and re-install) PC Study Bible 5? (KB882)

There are two articles about uninstalling and reinstalling version 5.  Think of these like pain relievers: Normal Strength and Maximum Strength.  This article is the "Normal Strength" solution and works in most situations.

We recommend that you uninstall and reinstall per the following instructions.

If you have Windows Vista, also see KB842.

These uninstall instructions do *more* than the “Add or Remove Programs” tool on the Control Panel.

1. If you are running an anti-virus program, such as Norton, you must disable this when installing our product or any updates.  This is very important.

To determine how to disable your anti-virus, it is best to see your anti-virus program documentation or contact the vendor which made that program. 

Usually, if your anti-virus program is running, it will display a little icon next to where the time (digital clock) is displayed in your Windows Start bar.  Usually this is found at the lower right-hand corner of your screen.  Put your cursor over (but don't click) each icon next to the clock; the icon will display a little message saying what it is.  When you see your anti-virus program name mentioned (Norton and McAfee are common ones), right-click on that icon and left-click the option to close or exit or disable the anti-virus program.  Often the icon will disappear or change in appearance when you have successfully disabled it.
If you are installing to a computer which has never had PC Study Bible on it, skip to Step 5.

2. Note:  If you have Personal Study Notes you would like to save, you need to back them up first, otherwise skip to Step 3.
Q: How do I determine the name(s) of the file(s) to back up?
Your Personal Study Notes are saved in the folder titled "RefWorks".  This folder is usually located in C:\Program Files\Biblesoft\PC Study Bible 4 {or "PC Study Bible 3.0" if your version 5 was installed over version 3}.  There may be two files associated with each Study Note or there may only be one.  The file extensions are “J4L” or “JDR”.  "My Personal Notes" is the title in the menu for PC Study Bible's default study note set, and the file name is "DEFAULT" in the RefWorks folder, i.e. "DEFAULT.J4L" or "DEFAULT.JDR". 

Any other note set you created will be stored in files named by whatever "Short Name" you assigned it at the time of creation.  To determine that Short Name, start PC Study Bible and open that note set.  In the row of buttons across the bottom of the screen, click on the copyright symbol (the letter "c" in a circle).  On the resulting dialog, click on the General tab.  Halfway down the screen you can read the File Name.

Once you have determined the names of your Personal Study Note files, copy those files to a floppy or CD or to a folder outside of the Biblesoft folder.

3. Uninstall your PC Study Bible using KB_1053.

4. Follow the instructions on the screen.  This will uninstall all traces of version 3 and version 4 and version 5.  If you do not want to reinstall at this time, skip to Step 14.

5.  Place your highest version Reference Library CD in your drive, and reinstall the program.  For example, if you have both a 4.0 Complete Reference Library and a 4.1 Complete Reference Library, use the 4.1. 
The disc you are looking for has the words "Reference Library" in the title, but not the word "Upgrade" (except that the disc marked "Version 5 Program-Only Upgrade - Upgrades Version 3 - Complete Reference Library" does work in this step.)

Note: the CD marked Advanced Reference Library Reference Work Award is not considered a "Reference Library" CD for the  purposes of this step.

6.  Start PC Study Bible before installing any other discs, look up a verse, then shut down PC Study Bible. If you have Windows Vista and you encounter problems as you try to open your PC Study Bible, see the Vista compatibility article.

7.  If you have any PC Study Bible add-on CDs, make sure your anti-virus software is disabled, install *one* CD (your add-on with the oldest version, e.g. 3.0 or 3.1, 3.3A, BON-50PD, 4.0, 4.1, 4.2, ...), then run PC Study Bible, look up a verse, then close PC Study Bible.

8.  Repeat step 7 for each of the rest of your add-on CDs, working in version number order, from oldest to newest.  (In other words, so that the add-on with the latest (most recent) version number is installed last.)

Even my version 3 and version 4 add-ons?  Yes, version 3 and version 4 add-ons *do* work in Version 5 of PC Study Bible.

All of the PC Study Bible add-ons are smart enough to install their *content*, and not install their *program* update, if you already are running a newer version.  So, for example, if you are running version 4.0 (or later) of PC Study Bible, then you install The Amplified Bible with 3.3A Update, The Amplified Bible *will* be installed into your version 4 program, but the 3.3A Update will *not* be installed.

However, there is a nuisance side effect of installing a version 3 add-on onto a version 4 system: you may see a PC Study Bible *3* (three) icon appear on your desktop (and in your Start > Programs menu), in addition to version 4.  This does *not* mean that you have installed both version 3 and version 4; these are just extra version 3 shortcuts.  Step 9 below will clean up these extra shortcuts.

9.  Now install your Version 5 Upgrade disc(s).

10. If you have any Version 5 add-ons, or Version 4/5 add-ons, install them here.

11.  Install your Version 5 Update disc(s), e.g. Update with Revised Data, or, Update with Commentary Data

12.  Enable your virus protection software, if you disabled it for Step 1 at the start of this process.  Usually, restarting your computer will cause your virus protection software to turn back on.

13.  Start PC Study Bible.  If there is still a problem,  click here for the "Maximum Strength" solution.

14.  You are finished.

The id number of this entry is 398.

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