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43 +49/-6 votes

Allow to select multiple programs to uninstall and use QuietUninstallString and Windows Installer in quiet mode, and launch them one by one automatically

Submitted by antiufo on September 3, 2008 to Usability

When you want to uninstall multiple programs, you have to select one program per time, uninstall it using it's own user interface, wait it to finish and so on.
Windows Installer allows automatic setup/uninstall of software, and some setup engines, like Inno Setup, too (HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\ProgramName\QuietUninstallString)

Allow to select multiple programs to uninstall.
If at least one of them supports automatic uninstall, show the context menu item "Uninstall automatically", and use it as default.
Then,
1) show a confirmation box;
2) launch uninstallers for programs that don't support automatic uninstallation;
3) show a progress box that shows the programs that are being uninstalled in unattended mode.
The programs would not be uninstalled at the same time, but automatically one by one.

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Discussion (5 comments)

domstapleton wrote on September 3, 2008, 12:23pm

-1 There is a reason you can only uninstall one program at a time. Different uninstallations running at the same time can cause problems, especially if the two programs share resources or files. It's the same reason you shouldn't install more than one program at the same time. The QuietUninstall idea is interesting but I personally prefer to be kept updated on an uninstalltion's progress.

xazac wrote on September 3, 2008, 12:27pm

+1 Microsoft should improve the usability of his installation, giving to applications installer the ability to share at the same time all infos.

antiufo wrote on September 3, 2008, 12:39pm

@domstapleton
This would not uninstall multiple programs contemporary, but would uninstall them automatically, one after one

antiufo wrote on September 3, 2008, 12:41pm

Changed title from [Allow to select multiple programs to uninstall and use QuietUninstallString and Windows Installer in quiet mode] to [Allow to select multiple programs to uninstall and use QuietUninstallString and Windows Installer in quiet mode, and uninstalling one by one [not at the same time]].
Changed solution description.

domstapleton wrote on September 3, 2008, 12:42pm

Ah, I see. My apologies. I have changed my vote as I think that would be a nice usability improvement.

antiufo wrote on September 3, 2008, 12:43pm

Changed title from [Allow to select multiple programs to uninstall and use QuietUninstallString and Windows Installer in quiet mode, and uninstalling one by one [not at the same time]] to [Allow to select multiple programs to uninstall and use QuietUninstallString and Windows Installer in quiet mode, and launch them one by one automatically].

antiufo wrote on September 3, 2008, 2:35pm

@domstapleton
Thanks :)

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