I will be contacting the VMWare developers - the installation of the latest upgrade of VMWare player is a joke.
From a running VMWare Player, it informs that the update is available, and would you like to install it?
OK, it does a little download and says it cannot continue with the installation, because you are running an instance of VMWare, and would you like to close it down. OK fair enough.
The installation then detects that there is a copy of VMWare installed, and would you like to remove it, since the installation cannot continue unless you do.
Affirmative. Then it sets about uninstalling the old copy.
Eventually it finishes the uninstallation, and needs to reboot the system to continue.
Part 2. On restarting Windows, I'm sure it asked if I would like to install the new VMWare Player. Yes.
Did I want an icon in the start menu, on the desktop and on the Launch Bar toolbar? An intelligent question except it could have kept the same preferences I had before with just a little sensitive programming, and it could have tested to see if I was actually using a Launch Bar toolbar any more, couldn't it?
What if I had said yes?
Must have taken another 20 minutes before it informed me that it needed to restart again, and take the whole of Windows with it. Are VMWare's server products like this, leading to an effective hour of downtime just for a code patch and a few xml files?
Windows 7 setup takes less time. (not SP1, tho'
I wonder if the equivalent Linux upgrade version is available. I'd bet it takes about one twelfth of the time, without a single reboot. I'll try later.