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Can't uninstall/update RTSS - Currently in use - but it isn't

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This is frying my head.

Just spent an hour trying to update RTSS from 7.2.2 to 7.2.3. Should take more than a few seconds huh?

We the update fails with RTSS in use - install process aborted.

So I tried an uninstall. Same problem.

So I renamed all the exe's in the RTSS prog folder to .old and rebooted the machine and tried again. Same problem.

So I googled for a while and found many others with the same problem, but none of the suggested fixes worked.

I even tried renaming the entire RTSS program folder and rebooting. Same problem.

I killed all of it's apparent tasks and processes.

- EncoderServer.exe
- RTSS.exe
- RTSSHooksLoader.exe

The are definitely NOT running in task manager, but I still cannot uninstall or update it.

What on earth is going on with this stubborn program which refuses to be uninstalled or updated? How can it still be running when I've tried to undermine it?

And how do I update this program. I'm going off RTSS in a hurry if it is so deeply embedded in my system that I cannot update or uninstall it.

Any ideas which I haven't already listed above?

Any WHAT is the installed doing placing 64bit files in the x86 Programs folder, and running them?????????????????


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I had a program that despite being uninstalled would not allow a newer version to replace it.
Used the 'Windows Install Clean Up' utility (msicuu.exe) to fully remove it. No problems after.

One thing I have noted is that after a Win 10 update two weeks ago, RTSS makes P3D CTD at the main menu screen with a D3D9.dll error, so I have had to stop using RTSS.

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Why not reboot to release the locks?

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