Update, upgrade, reinstall or uninstall FL Studio & plugins

This section covers:

Easy installation or update

This is how to do it...

  1. Download the installer - This page hosts the latest 'released' versions. The FL Studio installer includes most plugins in native format, so no need to download them all.
  2. Unlock your product/s, there are two ways you can do this:
Installation Video Here

Box installation update

If you have not registered your Boxed software and created an Image-Line Account, please complete the following steps:

  1. Visit the Box registration page.
  2. Enter your serial number (found inside the box) and follow the instructions to create an Account.
  3. Once your Account is created, follow the steps as shown for 'Easy installation or update' above. Registration also means you do not need to worry about losing your FL Studio Box code. You can unlock FL Studio from your account at any time, anywhere.

NOTE: Box customers (FL Studio 9 and below) are entitled to 1 free update that raises FL Studio 1 major revision number, i.e. 8 to 9 or 9 to 10, depending on your current version. You get all the minor revisions for that version for free also. If your update entitles you to a FL Studio version number less than the current version then you can find the installer for the version you are entitled to in your account page. Lifetime Free Updates are available from our shop (It's inexpensive, we're not greedy and want you on board). Starting from FL Studio 10 the box includes Lifetime Free Updates.

If you still have questions or are just obsessively detail oriented then read on...

Installation & Update FAQ

Account Login or Registration Problems?

If you have been through the above steps and are still experiencing difficulties with your Account page or reg.key please -

Copying or migrating an existing FL Studio installation

This section has been provided to help users manage multiple installations and to locate data and files that fail to make the leap across to a new installation. Generally it isn't necessary to be rummaging around in the bowels of the installation folder during an update.

Major vs Minor revisions, Install Locations

Parallel Installations

It is possible to have parallel installations of various major and/or minor revisions of FL Studio. This will allow you to trial a beta or update to a new version, without losing your current FL Studio installation. For parallel minor revisions simply name the installation folder, during the installer dialog process, to something other than the default (i.e. from FL12 to FL12_New). Major revisions install in parallel by default (i.e. FL11 to FL12). Some points to remember:

Foolproof Update or Relocation

Well nothing is 'foolproof' really but here's the simplest method of making a FL Studio update or copying FL Studio between PCs and retaining all your files.

  1. Download and install the latest FLRegkey.Reg file.
  2. Run the original FL Studio and open the F10 > File settings and write down the 'Browser extra search folders' and 'VST plugins extra search folder' locations.
  3. Copy the original FL Studio installation folder to a new folder i.e. '..:\Program Files (x86)\Image-Line\FL Studio 11' copied to '..:\Program Files (x86)\Image-Line\FL Studio 12'. You can do this by:
  4. Run the new installer. Set the FL Studio installer to install into the copy folder i.e. '..:\Program Files (x86)\Image-Line\FL Studio 12'.
  5. Run the new FL Studio and set the F12 > File settings to the same locations as the previous installation (see notes from step 2).
  6. Make sure the FL Studio desktop icon is pointing to the correct (new) installation. Right-click the FL Studio icon and select 'Properties > Open file location' then verify the location is correct.
  7. Optional: Once you are sure the new installation is running correctly you can delete the old FL Studio installation folder, but don't empty your trash-bin until you are sure the new one is still working.
  1. Download and install the latest FLRegkey.Reg on the new PC.
  2. Run the original FL Studio on the old PC and open the F10 > File settings and note the 'Browser extra search folders' and 'VST plugins extra search folder'.
  3. Copy any data folders that are being used in step 2 from the old PC to the new PC and take note of where you put them. It's a new PC, so why not take some time to create a nice tidy directory structure to store all your FL Studio related files.
  4. Copy the original FL Studio installation folder to the new PC's 'Program Files' folder i.e. Old PC '..:\Program Files (x86)\Image-Line\FL Studio 12' copied to New PC '..:\Program Files (x86)\Image-Line\FL Studio 12'.

    NOTE: If you are moving from 32 Bit to 64 Bit Windows, copy the original FL Studio folder to '..:\Program Files (x86)\Image-Line\FL Studio 12'. Windows 64 Bit has two Program Files folders, one for 32 Bit programs 'Program Files (x86)' and one for 64 Bit programs 'Program Files'. ON 64 Bit systems, we install both 32 and 64 Bit versions of FL Studio to Program Files (x86).

  5. Run the FL Studio installer on the new PC. Set the FL Studio installer to install into the copy folder i.e. '..:\Program Files\Image-Line\FL Studio 12'.
  6. Open FL Studio and set the F10 > File settings to the locations noted in step 3.
  7. Optional - Delete all FL Studio installation folders (32 bit OS - '.:\Program Files\Image-Line\FL Studio' or 64 bit OS - '.:\Program Files (x86)\Image-Line\FL Studio') from the PC and then remove your regkey, see 'Uninstalling FL Studio & Plugins' below.

If the steps above look complicated here are the principles. 1. FL Studio installation folders can be copied. 2. You can install over an existing installation without losing your own data (there are minor exceptions where you have customized FL Studio system files). 3. FL Studio installations may include data that you have saved while using the program. Copying an installation and installing a new version of FL Studio over it will bring your data into the new installation.4. FL Studio projects may use external folders set in the F10 File Settings page. These include 'Browser extra search folders' and 'VST plugins extra search folder'. The data in these folders needs to be accessible to a new installation for your projects to open correctly.

Uninstalling FL Studio & Plugins

You can de-register FL Studio (and plugins) on your old PC/s by:

  1. Download the file and follow the instructions here in the Knowledgebase to remove your registry keys.
  2. Delete the ..:\Program Files (x86)\Image-Line folder.

Default File Locations

FL Studio looks inside its own installation path ..:\Program Files\Image-Line\FL Studio N (where N = the FL Studio version number) and in any extra search folders you have set for data files. If you open the new installation and your data appears to be missing there are a number of things to do. The following is provided to help you recover your data and move it to your own file locations where it can be backed up and shared between major revisions of FL Studio.