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Re: Re: Mathematica 7.0.1.0 and some General Comments

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  • Subject: [mg97233] Re: [mg97205] Re: Mathematica 7.0.1.0 and some General Comments
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at math.umass.edu>
  • Date: Mon, 9 Mar 2009 01:02:14 -0500 (EST)
  • Organization: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst
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Is there some installation instructions I missed that tell you the 7.0.1 
installer will uninstall 7.0.0?  If so, where?

I didn't see such, so I did the same thing I always do when such a minor 
update arrives: first uninstall the old version and then install the new 
version.  (With a major version change, of course, I leave the old 
version installed until I can migrate everything affected.)

One of my biggest complaints about software in general is how seldom 
there is up-front information on how to handle an update/upgrade: you 
must uninstall the old version first; you may uninstall the old version 
first; you should NOT uninstall the old version first; the installer 
will automatically uninstall the old version first; the installer will 
not uninstall the old version first; the installer will give you the 
option of uninstalling the old version first.

Considering how often many software products come out with updates, new 
releases, upgrades, etc., and how much effort is often devoted to 
pushing and selling such new versions, it remains amazing to me at how 
inattentive so many software publishers are at dealing with this 
so-obvious matter.


Helen Read wrote:
 >
 > ... And the 7.0.1 installation is pretty easy if you already have
 > 7.0.0 installed. If you accept all the default options, it goes ahead
 > and uninstalls 7.0.0, sucks up your mathpass and init.m files, and
 > installs 7.0.1.

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