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If for any reason you decide you do not want to use DONATION, you can uninstall it. Please do not uninstall and reinstall DONATION in an attempt to resolve problems you encounter. In our experience, this is seldom helpful, and there is a chance it could be harmful. Instead, contact me and let us know what your problem is, so that we can help you resolve the problem.
To uninstall DONATION, just go to Control Panel, and select Add or Remove Programs (in Windows Vista, it is called Programs and Features). You will see DONATION on the list. Click on it, and then click on the "Remove" or "Uninstall" button.
It will confirm that you want to delete it, then go begin the uninstall. It will ask you whether to delete the database file. If you are positive you will not be using DONATION again, it's OK to answer Yes to this question. If you are still using DONATION, and it is the rare situation where we have recommended that you uninstall it and reinstall it again, be sure to answer No to this question! In any case, you may want to make sure that you have a good backup of the DONATION database before doing the uninstall.
It may ask you whether you want to delete some shared files. These are the Firebird database and PowerBuilder support files. If you are sure that you have no other applications that use these files, you can agree to delete them.
Completing the Cleanup After an Uninstall
In most cases, uninstalling DONATION will still leave a few files in the installation directory (usually C:\Program Files\Donation) and the Data Directory. This is due to technical limitations in the installation program. If you have uninstalled DONATION because you are positive you do not want to ever use it again, you can delete both of those entire directories after the uninstall has completed.
Uninstalling the Network Server Version of DONATION
If you are running the network server version of DONATION, and are sure you do not want to use it again, and if in addition you are sure that you are not running any other applications that use the Firebird Server database software, you can also uninstall the Firebird Server from Add or Remove Programs. It will show as "Firebird 2.0.3" in the list of installed programs.
However, if you have version 3.11 or higher of DONATION, you may be prompted to uninstall the Firebird Server as part of DONATION's uninstall process. If you do get that prompt, and answer Yes, then you don't have to separately remove it with Control Panel.
Uninstalling the novaPDF Printer Driver
If you have not purchased an individual license for the novaPDF printer driver (used for Saving Reports, Receipts and Letters as PDF Files), you may want to uninstall it after uninstalling DONATION. The DONATION uninstall program will prompt you as to whether to uninstall the novaPDF printer. If you answer No to that and still want to uninstall it later, you can do that via an Uninstall menu option on the novaPDF Professional Desktop 5 menu under Start à Programs on your computer.