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#1 skyfuser

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Posted 08 February 2008 - 12:35 AM

Used Filehippo's beta update checker. I downloaded the installation .exe files, and started to install. Among my list of things are MediaMonkey, CCleaner, Recuva, WinPatrol, Spybot SD 1.52, etc...
I know that CCleaner and Recuva said that the programs don't need to be uninstalled. But for the big files like Spybot S&D and MediaMonkey, there wasn't anywhere that said whether I needed to uninstall the old version and install the new version. I'm concerned that if I don't uninstall and the new install "overwrites" the old data, there will be a big chunk of used hard drive that can't be cleared up.
So, for normal programs, do I do a simple run of the installation without removing the old version or do I uninstall and install new version?
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Posted 08 February 2008 - 08:48 AM

Hi skyfuser.
I always favor uninstall old-reinstall new.
However there is nothing set in stone. It is possible you may lose something you can't get back if you uninstall first.
In the case of spybot, it really doesn't matter. First thing you want to do after install\upgrade is to check for updates anyways. Any custom settings you have made you will have to re-set.
As far as mediamonkey is concerned (never used it), you may lose playlists, .ini files, registration info, etc, in an uninstall.
Bottom line.....do some homework first. MediaMonkey Support.

I'm concerned that if I don't uninstall and the new install "overwrites" the old data, there will be a big chunk of used hard drive that can't be cleared up.


That happens less frequently these days. A well written upgrade will only add new\ upgrade old files where they are required.

Edited by HitSquad, 08 February 2008 - 08:49 AM.


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Posted 08 February 2008 - 06:15 PM

Ah, thanks. For every new exe update I try to find support and see what they say. Apparently, this isn't a big issue. I usually uninstall and install the new one, but now it seems many programs need a reboot for the uninstallation to finish.
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