Package for Windows -- Best Practice

Scott Rossi scott at
Mon Sep 25 19:04:14 EDT 2006

Recently, Shari wrote:

>> -- if your app does not use an installer, Windows will not know how to
>> uninstall your app, and thus users will not know how to remove your app if
>> they wish.  Many folks consider this bad form.
>> So if you want to follow the Windows convention (ie Best Practice) you
>> should consider using an installer.

> Unless, of course, you include your own Uninstaller...

Some apps do ship with their own uninstallers (but then why not use an
installer in the first place). However, Windows itself will still not know
how to uninstall your app, and many users rely on the Add/Remove Programs
control panel to uninstall applications.


Scott Rossi
Creative Director
Tactile Media, Multimedia & Design
E: scott at

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