KK 2.9.6 application re-installation now really broken?
First of all, Merry Christmas Holidays to the NI Community!
As I have been adviced by other members, I was also going to shift down a gear and to chill a little bit over the X-mas holidays; I decided to take things easier and to continue working on some new musical ideas which I had in mind. Believe me, I really didn't want to bother so soon again here in the forums, but it seems that I'm facing a serious problem to maintain proper KK 2.9.6 functionality. Before complaining any furher, I'd like to ask other Windows users - or even NI employees reading this thread - if these problems are known and verified already, or if there is even a solution available.
To make the story short, it seems that from now on a fresh re-installation of KK 2.9.6 will introduce several issues which I have never been experiencing before. These issues started being present after having tried the latest KK 3.1.0 application once. Here's the description of the symptoms I have discovered so far and how the problems started:
Recently I dared to check out the new KK 3.1.0 version in order to see how the new "KK screen resizing" feature looks and works like. Well, I think it's a nice improvement so far, but it's still not a real game changer to make me stay on that particular KK version. After all, none of the KK2 features that were abandoned three months ago have returned yet. In fact, I uninstalled that full KK 3.1.0 package in order to launch the official KK 2.9.6 installer again which should bring me back to my fully working and supported MK2 keyboard environment. So much for the theory.
What I have really experienced from that moment on was very strange to me. Firstly, directly after launching KK 2.9.6 again, I noticed that the blue startup screen wasn't fully visible anymore; a piece of the popup window on the right side was simply cut and not readable.
"Well, that's not the end of the world", I was thinking to myself, "maybe the new KK 3.1.0 unstallation hasn't been completely performed and has just kept some left-overs in general NI screen settings (or registry entries etc.) which cannot be explicitly influenced by users if not known where to look for those".
However, re-scanning and skipping through some of my previously installed KK presets gave me the next bad surprise. As it seems, from now on, some VST3 instruments won't load anymore into the right-most portion of the KK 2.9.6 preset/plugin window; their VST's will now simply open up as seperated (but not movable) floating windows which might even be overlapping with some parts of the KK 2.9.6 GUI.
As far as I can tell by now from my particular perspective, this second issue only occurs when trying to open AAS plugins within KK 2.9.6 (after having installed KK 3.1.0 before); however, I didn't have the nerves and time to check out all other brands which might also be affected within KK 2.9.6 by that new strange behavior.
My personal conclusion after having fully un- and re-installed all kinds of KK versions several times (from 2.94 to 3.1.0 - including MK2 hardware drivers as well which didn't make any difference):
There's no way for me personally to bring back the well-known behavior of KK 2.9.6. It seems that one of the very recent NI installation updates (either for Kontakt 7 or KK 3 etc.) has altered common NI screen/window settings in such a way that these now seem to apply to all NI applications, including the good-old KK 2.9.6 (which should have been kept unaffected in all terms).
Therefore, I'd kindly like to ask other users - especially after having checked out KK 3.1.0 recently on a Windows system and having reverted back to KK 2.9.6 - if you have also experienced such strange screen-related side-effects which were not present before and which cannot be fixed manually. I'm very sure that the described issues still weren't present a few weeks ago, so they MUST have something to do with any general NI application environment changes which might have been introduced during the last few weeks, e.g. after applying very specific NI updates (which need to be clearly identified).
Any help or general information on a potential solution is highly appreciated. Thanks.
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