A Clean Install of Cakewalk’s Sonar

As many of you already know, I am a Cakewalk Sonar user and I am proud of it. I think that Sonar is the most advanced and feature-rich DAW out there. Like all things software, every once-in-a-while you might need to do a full re-install of software. If you only use the uninstaller through Windows, there is some residue that is left behind, like settings and some path information that can cause problems later.

Here is the support email that I received from a very helpful tech with complete instructions of how to do the uninstall clean and then a full-reinstall:

As for a clean installation of SONAR 7, please try the following:

1) Completely un-install SONAR from your computer. This is normally done from Start | Programs | Cakewalk. This will not remove any of your project files or audio data.

2) Next you will want to open the Run Command

a) In Windows XP this can be done by going to Start | Run

b) In Windows Vista this can be done by holding down the ‘windows’ key and pressing ‘r’

3) At the prompt type regedit and click OK.

***Backup your Registry before making edits – you do this by clicking the File menu, Export Registry File.

4) Now delete the following Registry keys:

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareCakewalk Music SoftwareSONAR Producer7.0 HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareCakewalk Music SoftwareSONAR Producer7.0

*Please note that this will remove any effects presets and key bindings you may have made in Cakewalk. You can back these up separately if you like, using Options|Key Bindings, Tools|SONAR Plug-in Manager, and Options|Colors. Hit F1 in these views for detailed instructions on how to do this.

5) Open the ‘Run’ command again.

6) Copy and paste the following into the prompt:


7) This will open your Cakewalk Application Data folder, right-click on the SONAR folder and choose rename.

8) Rename this folder SONAR 7 Backup.

9) Open the ‘Run’ command again and type msconfig Click OK and then click on the Startup tab at the upper right of the window that opens.

10) Uncheck all items listed, click OK, then restart your computer. You can always recheck those items again at a later time.

11) Then reinstall SONAR and the patches from: http://www.cakewalk.com/Support/SONAR/default.asp

I hope that these instructions help someone out there!



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