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Re: ? How is the ShellExt Registered (Manual Installation)

From: Alec S. <googroups_at_hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2008 12:26:23 -0700 (PDT)

On Mar 17, 1:19 pm, Stefan KŁng <tortoise..._at_gmail.com> wrote:
> Alec S. wrote:
> > On Mar 17, 12:07 pm, Alf Christophersen
> > <alf.christopher..._at_medisin.uio.no> wrote:
> >> And what do you do when uninstalling the application by removing just the folder and leave the registry full of crap?
>
> > regedit /s uninstall.reg
>
> Great! You just broke every application that requires *one* (or more)
> components of the application you just uninstalled.

You seem to know a lot about what apps I have and am talking about
even though you <i>shouldn't</i> have any reason to. How exactly do
you know? Is there some kind of program or website you use, are you
viewing some kind of spyware on my system, or are you just psychic?

> > I don't like installer in general; I didn't complain about MSI
> > specifically, but now that you mention it, MSIs get copied into the
> > \Windows\Installer for starters.
>
> Only a part gets copied there, and that part is required for "repair application".

And even that is a waste of space. How many times do you need to
repair an application? Isn't it sufficient to use the original
installation media on those rare occasion? I have seen that folder
explode into the gigabyte range because even though as you said it
only needs the parts to repair, that often ends up being pretty much
the whole thing, so that a single package is 10-50MB.

> >> Why would someone want to do all the registering manually? That's like
> >> copying a picture by drawing it again instead of using a copy machine.
>
> > Control, security. Try getting the government (or even corporations)
> > to use software that they cannot trace and control every component of.
> > That's why Easter Eggs have been banned in all government software.
>
> That's why there's open-source, where you can trace *everything* (try
> that with a commercial application).

And oddly enough, governments and corporations are exactly the ones
who still resist open source. Just last week I read an article in a
trade paper about how banks are at the top of the list of OSS
resisters.

> > I just wonder why the devs of so many other apps can release installer-free versions.
> Because they're simple apps which don't require registering with the shell?

Could be; I'd have to check to be sure.

--
Alec S.
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