Well, actually, "easy" to me means that if you try to load install a
software package, it either installs successfully and runs or, if it
doesn't, it cleans up after itself. Also, if it needs something else to
make itself run, it's smart enough to check to see if that thing is there
before trashing my system.

Unfortunately, in the Windoze world, a lot of software isn't like that. I
agree that if the alternative is to spend even one day messing with it,
then cleaning and reloading is a good idea. But that's not the sort of
thing you like to do on a production machine (or one with a lot of other
apps installed).

I guess I just think it's too bad that there isn't more emphasis on
(relatively) bullet-proof operating systems. If the registry is so easy to
trash, why is it so hard to clean up? Is this a design issue, or is there
really no alternative. After all, how many time have we heard people say,
"well I tried to load that new package on my iSeries, and it didn't work,
so I had to re-install the operating system". I think I can count them on
the fingers of one hand. . . .

Just my $.02

midrange-l@midrange.com writes:
>What does easy mean to you?
>
>Think of it like this then:  Do you piss around and waste 3 days trying to
>install and reinstall and clean up the registry and still fail....
>
>or do you just cut your losses, spend an hour or two saving any data you
>can't live without and then formatting and reloading W2K and then WDS?


Mike Naughton
Senior Programmer/Analyst
Judd Wire, Inc.
124 Turnpike Road
Turners Falls, MA  01376
413-863-4357 x444
mnaughton@juddwire.com



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