Uninstalling a feature pack

rrichard63 wrote on 11/7/2019, 3:01 PM

How do I uninstall a Feature Pack from Music Maker?

I have version running in Windows 7 SP1. I purchased and installed Creative Suite several versions ago. In MMM 2020, the VST support is incompatible with the way I organize my computer and I need to remove it from MMM.

Thanks in advance, and apologies if this is in the documentation and I just didn't find it.



ralftaro wrote on 11/8/2019, 9:33 AM

Hi again,

I'm afraid there's no such thing as uninstalling a feature pack - and especially not a single feature. If this feature pack was obtained as an individual item (via a feature credit or real currency), rather than being unlocked as part of an entire edition activation, our customer service would be able to eliminate this item from your account again to disable this particular feature pack for you. (A feature credit would be returned to your balance to be used on something else, or you could be compensated with a coupon for this item.) However, to be honest, I don't think this is a feasible solution that you'd really want. It would mean you're losing the entire "Creative Suite" functionality - not just VST support.

I'm also no longer sure I can really follow what the problem is here. From what I can understand from your other thread, you're able to get into and use the program. Problems just occur with the resetting or rescanning of VST plug-ins? Or maybe when trying to use a specific VST plug-in? So, if you're willing to give up VST support in Music Maker altogether by disabling the "Creative Suite", couldn't you also just leave things as they are and ignore VST plug-in options in your workflow in Music Maker? Maybe I'm just not clear on what your current problem situation is that is, resulting from the shortcomings in handling certain VSTs.



rrichard63 wrote on 11/8/2019, 4:38 PM

(1) If  I use VST plugins in MMM at all, then I need to limit MMM to a small subset of all of the 32 bit plugins installed on my computer. To see why, just select "VST Plugins" from the menu in a track effects window. There is no  filtering, no search function, no categories, no plugin management tool where you can hide plugins -- nothing to prevent a long list from filling the whole computer screen (and then some). A list in which it would be difficult (at best) to find what you are looking for. 

(2) It's true (up to a point) that I could just ignore the VST plugins that are there. The limitation is the amount of time it takes to rescan a very large folder tree of plugins -- not once but every time the program starts up.

Feature request: add a checkbox to the folders tab of the options dialog. Checked means include the Windows default plugin folder in the startup scan. Unchecked means don't include the default folder. Or alternatively, checked means scan plugins on startup, unchecked means don't scan plugins on startup. Problem solved.

Until then, I might have a temporary workaround for my personal situation. I'm still looking for others, but I think MMM might be the only 32 bit app I have left that uses plugins. If so, then I can just make the default folder contain only the 20 or 30 I want to use in MMM. That would only help me as long as MMM remains 32 bit.