The uninstaller/unloader leaves leftovers

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  • #119

    lwc
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    I ran the program through InCtrl5 and the uninstaller (after the boot which isn’t officially requested but is needed) is very partial. Here are the things that get left behind forever:

    Notes:

    1. Random_DVD_iso is the ISO I ran through the program. If something should be deleted it’s this. That list could be endless.
    2. What’s left in %ProgramFiles%WinCDEmu is %ProgramFiles%WinCDEmulangfiles
    3. %SystemRoot%infoem25.* is of course just in my own case. The formula is %SystemRoot%infoemX.inf – the installer should store the X for the uninstaller.

    BTW, this is an awesome program. I realize it isn’t portable, but please complete the uninstaller. 😛

    #1193

    support
    Keymaster

    Ok, the “langfiles” is now removed.
    Regarding most of the registry traces, it’s related to Windows architecture. Every time you connect a new device (e.g. a USB FLASH stick or a virtual CD-ROM), Windows creates an entry in the registry. This behavior is normal to Windows and should not create any problems to the user.
    On the other hand, if you are continuously installing/uninstalling lots of programs (especially system ones) on the same PC, rather use some commercial “precise uninstaller”, or a VM with snapshots.

    The purpose of the uninstaller is to remove any components potentially using system resources (e.g. the driver) and the files occupying disk space. Forcing Vista/Win7 to purge device entries would be against its design. The registry keys describing the file extensions will be overwritten as soon as you install another image mounting tool (just reverting them to old values won’t be an option, as the user could remove the previously active tool before uninstalling WinCDEmu).

    after the boot which isn’t officially requested but is needed

    After the uninstaller has completed, no components are left in memory and no interference with other product installation can happen. Asking the user to restart just to have the last files removed “here and now” (provided that they do not interfere with anything) would be unreasonable.

    #1194

    lwc
    Participant

    @bazis wrote:

    just reverting them to old values won’t be an option.

    Nor should it be. What should be done is deleting those keys and, like you said, other programs in the future could re-register them.

    Asking the user to restart just to have the last files removed “here and now”…would be unreasonable.

    But you control the message. You can write something like “a restart is needed but only to remove some leftovers. You can continue working safely without an immediiate restart. Do you still wish to restart right now? Yes/No” (you can even put the default on “no”).

    #1195

    lwc
    Participant

    The new portable version leaves leftovers too. Here’s a reg file to delete them:

    #1196

    support
    Keymaster

    These ‘leftovers’ is the way Windows stores the information about devices. Any USB flash drive will leave exactly the same “leftovers” in any system. I would NOT recommend deleting these keys manually, as it can damage some internal dependencies maintained by Windows.

    #1197

    lwc
    Participant

    @bazis wrote:

    Any USB flash drive will leave exactly the same “leftovers” in any system.

    Yes, but USB devices can be easily removed with a software like USBDeview.

    #1198

    support
    Keymaster

    I guess, you can use devcon or other Microsoft tools to cleanup drive information as well. Anyway, do such leftovers cause any real inconvenience to anyone? Windows is designed to keep history of all previously connected devices, this information does not occupy any considerable amount of your disk space or RAM and does not slow your system…

    #1199

    Anonymous
    Participant

    i mean really, the uninstaller should work , what reason to include one if it doesnt work

    ive just tried wincdemu again in hope to be able to replace daemon tools – however it didnt correctly emulate, and i wasnt able to play BR-Disc from a virtual drive. (with daemon it worked)

    so i wanted to uninstall it, and it leaves all image-files with some context menu entry which i had to remove by modifiying the registry

    just giving feedback, this is one of the things i didnt like at all, or at least include an instruction how to remove ALL parts of it.

    however good work, and gratulations to the signing of the driver

    #1200

    VGA
    Participant

    Heh, I doubt bluray disks are supported.

    #1201

    support
    Keymaster

    Currently, BluRay discs are not supported, but it’s planned in the next release.
    Update: try WinCDEmu 3.6 beta 1. It has an experimental support for Blu-Ray disc imaegs.

    #1202

    Leolo
    Participant

    InCtrl5?? My gosh, that tool is still alive??!?

    I can barely remember using it. It’s been obsoleted by tools like Total Uninstall, but the problem is that they all cost money 🙁

    #1203

    support
    Keymaster

    BTW, the forgotten context menu on uninstall was fixed in version 3.5. Now the menu entry will disappear in a short time after uninstallation (when Explorer unloads unused modules) or after a restart.

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