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Install Multiple Programs With Just One Restart?


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#1 yardcat

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Posted 12 September 2006 - 04:18 AM

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Question: Can one intall a whole bunch of programs before restarting the PC and that way finalize the installation of the whole group at the same time? Can this usually be done, and if not, what kinds of possible 'conflicts' or errors might occur.

did a search of the T&T forum area and of the Tutorials but found nothing that could enlighten me on what is happening during this 'restarting' procedure. Can someone give a very brief explaination of what happens during the restart phase of software installation, or point me to a resource of some kind?

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Posted 12 September 2006 - 02:05 PM

If you are going to install many applications and updates that require a restart, you can "batch" these. If you are given the option to either "restart now" or "wait until later", you may (within reason, that is) install several applicatins (or patches) and then restart your computer to complete their installation (obviously they will not function until you do so) into the Windows operating system files.
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For further reading:

"Installing a Graphical Identification and Authentication dynamic link library (GINA) requires a reboot. The GINA is a replaceable DLL component that is loaded by Winlogon. The GINA implements the authentication policy of the interactive logon model, and it is expected to perform all identification and authentication user interactions. For example, replacement GINA DLLs can implement smart card, retinal scan, or other authentication mechanisms in place of the standard Windows XP user name and password authentication."

http://www.microsoft.com/winlogo/software/windowsxp-sw.mspx

See also, under the section "Why reboot?" another discussion of what takes place when you have to reboot to complete installation of applications:

http://www.exodus-dev.com/products/whyreboot/

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Posted 16 September 2006 - 08:32 AM

The problem with waiting to reboot after installing multiple new aps is that if you have a problem, which sometimes happens, you won't know which ap caused it.

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Posted 16 September 2006 - 09:26 AM

I agree with Enthusiast - the more stuff you put in, the more chance there is for a problem to crop up.

For example, suppose the second program that you installed overwrote the file that the first program was going to use during the reboot? The changes required for the first program might not get implemented - and may cause strange problems.
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