Certified for Windows Server 2008 - Objects left after an uninstall (part 2) RRS feed

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  • The first part of this question related to what objects would be considered reasonably justified to leave behind in the installation package and was answered in the post linked below:

    Our testing vendor is asking however that we explicitly validate that the retention of the InstallUtil file is acceptable. In our earlier post we were able to verify that because a client would be uninstalling prior to a reinstall most of the time that the configuration registry keys and the uninstall logs were allowable remainders after the uninstall process.

    The InstallUtil file is the Microsoft installation utility that is copied from the system folder so that the client can locally configure their application after an installation. This file is not removed / uninstalled since (a) it's not our file, it's a standard Microsoft file, and (b) for the reinstallation use-case that we validated previously with the Windows Logo Team the user would have to copy it back into the directory anyway.

    Please let us know if this is an acceptable retention after an uninstall.

    Monday, November 17, 2008 5:56 PM

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    Hi John,


    It seems that it is acceptable to leave these files behind after uninstall.


    Hope it helps.




    Monday, February 2, 2009 9:26 PM