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Windows installer, wording

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Valsion, Feb 24, 2013.

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  1. Valsion

    Valsion Thread Starter

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    Heya, This isn't necessarily a problem, though it may generate some confusion for new users. When I use the windows installer to uninstall any program, very often if not always, it starts by saying "preparing to install". Conversely, this morning I installed a java update and for a few moments an installation window stated "preparing to remove". The installations or uninstallations complete successfully, regardless. I am rather curious as to why that happens. Do the processes actually begin by installing something when ultimately uninstalling (or by uninstalling something when installing, e.g. an update)? I've noticed that for many years, at least since windows vista onwards, and across many computers. As already stated, this isn't necessarily a problem, and certainly not an urgent one, but I am curious as to its reason. And understanding such details often expands upon one's overall understanding of the operating systems, so it seems worth inquiring about. Thanks in advance for anyone who might be able to provide an explanation.
     
  2. Mark1956

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    I am not 100% sure why it shows "preparing to install" when uninstalling, but would guess the programs installer has to run to enable the uninstall. Either way, that is perfectly normal behavior.

    Your observations when updating Java is easier to answer and when you see "preparing to remove" it is doing just that to uninstall the older version before installing the new one.
     
  3. Valsion

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    That makes sense. Your reply is appreciated!
     
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    You're welcome.
     
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