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From sebb <seb...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Installation Experience and Feedback
Date Mon, 11 Jun 2012 15:38:30 GMT
On 11 June 2012 16:33, Peter Brawley <peter.brawley@earthlink.net> wrote:
> On 2012-06-10 7:18 PM, sebb wrote:
>>
>> On 9 June 2012 14:57, O.Felka<olaf-openoffice@gmx.de>  wrote:
>>>
>>> Am 09.06.2012 14:22, schrieb sebb:
>>>
>>>
>>>>>> AFAICT, the unpacked files are only needed for installation, and
one
>>>>>> still has the initial download, so why clutter up the disk?
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> this is not true. The unpacked files are needed for the so called
>>>>> 'maintenance mode': Starting the setup from the control panel offers
>>>>> you
>>>>> a
>>>>> repair and a modify mode. That's what the unpacked files are needed
>>>>> for.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> In that case, they really should *not* be placed on the desktop.
>>>> Nor under TEMP of course.
>>>>
>>>> I don't know what the Windows standard location for such things is,
>>>> but it's certainly not the desktop.
>>>
>>>
>>> On Vista and 7 it could be "c:\Users\<user name>\Downloads\".
>>
>> I don't think downloads is suitable either.
>> It's not actually a download once it has been unpacked and installed -
>> it's effectively part of the installation, and so should be somewhere
>> where it is unlikely to be deleted.
>>
>> It should be probably somewhere like "Documents and Settings", in a
>> hidden directory such as Application Data or Local
>> Settings\Application Data.
>
>
> It should be in the folder named by the TEMP environment variable.

TEMP is for temporary files.

That is OK for unpacking the download if the unpacked files are to be
deleted later.
It is not OK if the unpacked files are to be kept for maintenance.

> PB
>
> -----
>
>
>>
>> Microsoft must have a convention for where such installation support
>> files should go.
>>
>>> Who remembers Win XP?
>>
>> I still use it. AIUI, many businesses still use it, partly because
>> Vista was not very popular.
>>
>>>> And of course, if the user decides to remove the application, it
>>>> should remove the unpacked files as well.
>>>
>>>
>>> I don't know any software behaving like that so I don't think that we
>>> need
>>> that. If the user is deinstalling for a new install he needs these files.
>>> And in case someone has installed from a CD it doesn't make sense.
>>>
>>>
>>>>> What we might delete is the packed file.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Only if this is agreed by the user.
>>>
>>>
>>> As always when deleting useful files.
>>>
>>>
>

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