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Windows 7: Install/Uninstall Reboot Question


28 Jul 2012   #1

Windows 7 SP1 x64
 
 
Install/Uninstall Reboot Question

I have installed many software products that do not ask for a reboot after install. Why then do they require a reboot when they are uninstalled?

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29 Jul 2012   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

I'd think generally because there is a need to remove a file that is currently in use by the operating system and can only be removed on reboot. This could include shared dlls and such. If the installer/uninstaller was well written, this probably wouldn't be necessary. A Guy
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29 Jul 2012   #3

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
I'd think generally because there is a need to remove a file that is currently in use by the operating system and can only be removed on reboot. This could include shared dlls and such. If the installer/uninstaller was well written, this probably wouldn't be necessary. A Guy
If the program uses Shell Extensions, often Explorer won't release them even though they have been unregistered. The uninstall could probably kill Explorer but that's more disconcerting to the user than just setting up to delete the files on next boot. This is practically the rai·son d'ę·tre for utilities like Unlocker. Explorer is notorious for hanging onto handles.
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