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Kompozer webpage creater - Which file?

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#1 cafejose


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Posted 19 September 2010 - 12:43 AM

How should the decision be made to use the installer file or the zipped file for putting Kompozer webpage maker on a computer? What are the advantages and problems with using each file?

The target machine is like this:
Free space = ~10 GB
Windows XP s.p. 3
Browsers on machine are IE 8 and FireFox 3.6.8

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 20 September 2010 - 03:12 PM

Personal preference :thumbsup:.

If you use the installer, you get clean registry entries and file entries and are able to uninstall via Add/Remove Programs.

If you use the .zip format, it changes the location of the basic program files. The unpacked files may contain a setup/install.exe...which then must be clicked to install the program.

Using the installer is the normal way we install so I tend to go with that...I tend to not use .zip files for much, I've never had the need.


#3 cafejose

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Posted 21 September 2010 - 06:52 PM

Hamluis, Louis,

I would not know which of the kinds of files I would prefer or which I should prefer. A zipped file should have the needed files which would be unzipped to where I want. I would not expect to find an installer inside the zip package. I would always prefer a set of files which do not do anything to Registry. An installer does sometimes many things on its own and they are often made to change the Registry. A zip file containing an insaller and other files would be confusing; I would not know what to do with the other included files and I would not know what the installer would do or know to do with them. If a zip file contains only an installer, then getting the zip file would make very little sense since just getting the installer would be simpler. Having the lone installer zipped does not seem like a step-saved except for having a way to prevent someone from accidently running the installer until they are ready.

Not knowing that the zip file may contain an installer, I thought I would ask on the forum and someone who knows the details of Kompozer would have more details and tell why I might prefer either the zip or the installer of Kompozer. Whenever possible, I like to use zip files because I want nothing done to the Registry, and I like to unpack a file to where I want - less complicated (usually) than an installer. Maybe I just do not know all of the effects.

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