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Posted by: Admin
« on: August 30, 2007, 03:42:03 pm »

Probably true... I'll consider it...
Posted by: Majomo
« on: August 30, 2007, 03:35:14 am »

To list in an analysed log the files that were changed will deepen the information to the user. In an effort to report a more accurate info it's a good idea. Through that the user could know better the installation process and their procedure.

"File changed!" info doesn't must have any effect on analysed uninstall process. It should be a additional information - to the user, not to the uninstall performance. In fact it will be ignored by analysed uninstall.
Sometimes the info is more relevant that some kind of actions (like backup) - that aren't the ZSoft Uninstaller'core component.

However the information that ZU offers to the user is ever appreciated - and a value added.
Posted by: Admin
« on: August 29, 2007, 03:49:32 pm »

The question "what does ZU" do still remains.
Also, only *very* few people (I believe) has backups of the windows folder lying around, so I'm quite sure it wouldn't be a very used feature...
Posted by: Brown Sugar
« on: August 28, 2007, 11:27:03 pm »

No it does not. And it is not likely to do so either. It wouldn't be all that hard to add, but if something changes, what should be done upon uninstallation? Deleting it wouldn't be very wise, and it can't be replaced with the old file as ZU doesn't have that...

1) I would email the author of the program and ask why there was no mention of an OS file being replaced.
2) I backup my OS directory just in case a file crashes or something like the AVG Anti-virus false positive problem of last year occurs  (AVG incorrectly recognized Winlogon.exe as a trojan, and either quarantined or deleted it, causing many of their users to be unable to boot up.  They had to either boot to DOS and copy Winlogon.exe from a floppy or do a repair with their Windows disk).

This way I have a copy on a CD of all my
current OS files and can replace one in an emergency.  I also use an imaging program that copies my OS/Program files partition.

That's why a file comparison by date and version number would be advantageous, in my opinion.

I think several of the Karen Kenworthy's Karenware Powertools freeware programs can do it.  Her backup Replicator program copies file info and so does her directory printer program.

http://www.karenware.com/
Posted by: Admin
« on: August 28, 2007, 07:38:00 pm »

No it does not. And it is not likely to do so either. It wouldn't be all that hard to add, but if something changes, what should be done upon uninstallation? Deleting it wouldn't be very wise, and it can't be replaced with the old file as ZU doesn't have that...
Posted by: Brown Sugar
« on: August 28, 2007, 06:37:41 pm »

I was just wondering if Zsoft compares file versions and dates when it does it's before and after installation scans.

If it doesn't, would it be a hard feature to add?  My main concern when analyzing the installation logs is to see if anything has been added to the Windows directory and the System and System32 subdirectories in particular.

It's not enough to just see if a file has been added.  Some programs might actually load a dll or exe file with the same name, but an older or newer version.   Windows should pick this up and ask if you want to replace a file, but I'm sure there are times when it misses a few (as indicated by the many trojans and viruses that replace existing OS files).