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FIX: FieldWorks returns an error when detecting Keyman

NOTE: This archived documentation has not been updated recently and may contain information that is no longer relevant

When using FieldWorks, you may encounter the error "Keyman program is not registered correctly" with a title of "Keyman initialization failed".

This error can arise when you have an older version of Keyman installed on your computer, but at some point installed a newer version of Keyman and subsequently uninstalled it. Specifically, this behaviour has been seen with version 7.1 installed after uninstalling version 8.0.

However after uninstalling, version 8.0 left a registry setting dangling which is causing FieldWorks to look for version 8.0 instead of version 7.0. To fix this, delete the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Tavultesoft\Keyman Engine\8.0

This uninstall cleanup issue will be corrected in a future update of Keyman Desktop 8.0. It has been assigned an issue number I3134.

Applies to:

  • Keyman Desktop Light 7.0
  • Keyman Desktop Professional 7.0