Installation Design

  • Phil Wilson


In this chapter, I’ll examine some design issues and challenge some assumptions about what installation programs should or shouldn’t do. These issues generally fall into three main areas:
  1. 1.

    What items should the installation program require the system to have? In other words, should it check for things such as service packs, drivers, hardware, and Internet Explorer (IE) levels, and perhaps refuse to install unless these prerequisites are met?

  2. 2.

    What should the installation program do about installing components that aren’t part of the application being installed? Should it fire off other installation programs? Create databases?

  3. 3.

    What is the relationship between the application and the installation? To what extent should the installation deal with the application design, and vice versa, to what extent should the application be designed to deal with the installation?



Service Pack Application Design Corporate Environment Internet Explorer Installation Package 
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