Just a gripe

Why is it that when you install some program and then use the program's uninstaller that it leaves bits and pieces behind?

You would think the uninstaller would know quite well what the installer added.

Now you get to fuss around and find this left behind junk and delete it, otherwise over time you end up with a disk full of clutter.

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Re: uninstall

The uninstaller should know what the installer installed. But it doesn't know what the program added when you (first) ran it.

To test a suspect case: remove all left behind junk, install and immediately uninstall without running it. Don't even check the checkbox at the end of the install asking to run it. Only if the junk is still present, it's the uninstallers fault. Then tell it to the maker, so he can fix that.

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Because in windows...

....each program has it's own installer, and that done by the ones who created the program, and there's no central program keeping track of all installations and their various files. The program creator, may also leave common library files, even if they are different versions than that windows program normally uses, in case those files are also used by other programs. If several programs all share use of a particular dll file (library file) and one uninstaller removes it, then all of those programs have errors begin or refuse to run. One reason I like Linux is because it has a Package (Program) Manager that keeps track of all programs installed, and their dependencies, and can remove the entire program while leaving ONLY those dependencies it also has registered to other program use.

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I can understand shared files and files created when the program runs being left.

What I'm referring to is things like a folder containing shortcuts to the program or a start menu entry.

Just misc clutter

It seems to be a common thing when you uninstall a program.

Perhaps I'll give revo a test drive and see if that removes this stuff.

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