Is it possible to uninstall just RealBand?
It is fine to just delete the RealBand folder.
Or to install BiaB without installing RB?
When you install Band-in-a-Box, you can uncheck 'RealBand' in the component list.
Any issues with updates during the year?
RealBand and Band-in-a-Box each have their own separate patch installers.
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