[OT] Win convention question
ambassador at fourthworld.com
Tue Feb 1 20:16:20 CST 2005
Frank D. Engel, Jr. wrote:
> On Feb 1, 2005, at 7:19 PM, Richard Gaskin wrote:
>> On a Mac, you customarily install an app by dragging the app or a
>> folder from a DMG to your drive. Uninstalling means simply dragging
>> it to the trach, and any preferences files are left behind.
>> On Windows I use Wise Install to copy the app into its own folder in
>> /Program Files/, and when the app is run it puts its prefs data in a
>> folder within the user's Documents and Settings folder.
>> Historically I've treated everything in the Documents and Settings
>> folder as belonging to the user, and do not bother with uninstalling.
>> Moreover, on multi-user systems I may not know where to find all of
>> the user Documents and Settings folders for everyone who may have run
>> the app.
>> So what is the normal convention for uninstall on Win XP?
>> Should I:
>> a) leave prefs in the user's Documents and Settings files
>> as is common with files in the Mac's Preferences folder?
>> b) Delete only the prefs data in the current user's Documents
>> and Settings folder?
>> c) Attempt to delete prefs from the Documents and Settings
>> folders for all users on the computer?
>> Extra bonus points for Win HIG verse and chapter; I couldn't find the
>> section on how to handle such things.
> You can't possibly be expected to track down prefs files for each user
> on a multiuser system. Consider that the uninstaller may be running
> on a system where the software would be accessed by users who have
> roaming profiles on a windows server; the preferences would not be
> stored on the local machine, and the account under which the installer
> is run may not even have access to the users' profiles in order to
> delete the prefs files even if it tried!
Good point. So I can rule out #3.
So should I bother with #2, or treat the user's Documents folder like
Mac developers treat the Prefs folder and not bother with deleting it?
Is there an established convention?
I could only find a recommendation from Micro$oft on cleaning up any
added registry entries, and I'm already doing that.
> What are the bonus points good 4, btw? ;-)
At the moment, Karma. :) But if someone can point me to where the Win
HIG tells me I should leave the user's Documents and Settings folder
alone I'll give them a license for their choice of WebMerge or devolution.
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