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AW: Windows restart ?

From: Jens Geyer <jgx_at_vsx.net>
Date: Tue, 16 Feb 2010 11:26:35 +0100

> After installing a new version I always read: "... restart Windows...

It depends. Loaded modules and open files cannot be replaced, which is
the main reason for the restart request.

> Doesn't it be enough just to restart Windows Explorer (e.g. by closing
> running Windows Explorer instance from Task-Manager)?

Not necessarily (see above) but starting with Windows Vista the Windows
Installer may close and reopen restart-aware applications automatically.
The conclusion is, that this does not work with all apps as expected,
unless their developers have made them "restart manager aware".

The point where I'm not really sure is the question, whether or not the
installer package needs some special setting to make this work, or if it
works out of the box. MSDN should know that, somewhere.

The other conclusion is, that this will not be the solution for Windows
XP and earlier, just because it's not supported there. Then the
suggested "killing" of the explorer process and restarting it manually
might work instead - or not.

BTW, there's a nice Toolbox Magazin (small german develeper magazine)
article about application recovery and restart. Only for the case
someone wants to read more about that topic ... :-)



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