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Problem With Application Uninstall

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I am developing a Windows application using VS2005 Pro (VB). The solution
includes a setup project. I sent the setup files to a tester and he installed
and used the program successfully. I then sent him a new install package with
some updates but after he did the uninstall via Add/Remove Programs and then
runs the new install package it complains that the program is already
installed? How can I completely uninstall the previous version.

BTW - in scanning earlier posts on the topic I see references to changing
the Product Code but in looking through properties on my setup project I
don't see a way to view or change the product code?

Apr 2 '06 #1
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This is very odd. If you uninstall the previous version the new version
should not give you any problem on install. That has been my experience. I'm
wondering if some kind of error occurred during the install or uninstall,
perhaps as a result of a permissions issue.
BTW - in scanning earlier posts on the topic I see references to changing
the Product Code but in looking through properties on my setup project I
don't see a way to view or change the product code?
This can be useful if you want to allow a new version to uninstall any
previous version automatically on install, which can be quite a nice feature
for the end user. It can be done in the Setup project's Properties window.
If you click on the box with the GUID in it, you will see an ellipse button
that allows you to edit the GUID. But the better (and recommended) way is to
increment the Setup version in the Properties window. You will be prompted
and asked if you want the Product Code automatically changed for you. If you
say "yes" it will be.

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HTH,

Kevin Spencer
Microsoft MVP
Professional Numbskull

Show me your certification without works,
and I'll show my certification
*by* my works.

"WWengert" <WW******@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:25**********************************@microsof t.com...I am developing a Windows application using VS2005 Pro (VB). The solution
includes a setup project. I sent the setup files to a tester and he
installed
and used the program successfully. I then sent him a new install package
with
some updates but after he did the uninstall via Add/Remove Programs and
then
runs the new install package it complains that the program is already
installed? How can I completely uninstall the previous version.

BTW - in scanning earlier posts on the topic I see references to changing
the Product Code but in looking through properties on my setup project I
don't see a way to view or change the product code?

Apr 2 '06 #2

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Thanks for the response Kevin. I finally figured out the difference between
clicking on the Property tab with the setup project selected and right
clicking on the setup project and selecting properties (confusing interfaces
there). I did change the version there and saw that it generated a new code.

I agree that the inability to fully uninstall is strange. The tester is very
knowledgable and I am confident he would have reported any anomilies in the
uninstall. Weird?

Wayne

"Kevin Spencer" wrote:
This is very odd. If you uninstall the previous version the new version
should not give you any problem on install. That has been my experience. I'm
wondering if some kind of error occurred during the install or uninstall,
perhaps as a result of a permissions issue.
BTW - in scanning earlier posts on the topic I see references to changing
the Product Code but in looking through properties on my setup project I
don't see a way to view or change the product code?


This can be useful if you want to allow a new version to uninstall any
previous version automatically on install, which can be quite a nice feature
for the end user. It can be done in the Setup project's Properties window.
If you click on the box with the GUID in it, you will see an ellipse button
that allows you to edit the GUID. But the better (and recommended) way is to
increment the Setup version in the Properties window. You will be prompted
and asked if you want the Product Code automatically changed for you. If you
say "yes" it will be.

--
HTH,

Kevin Spencer
Microsoft MVP
Professional Numbskull

Show me your certification without works,
and I'll show my certification
*by* my works.

"WWengert" <WW******@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:25**********************************@microsof t.com...
I am developing a Windows application using VS2005 Pro (VB). The solution
includes a setup project. I sent the setup files to a tester and he
installed
and used the program successfully. I then sent him a new install package
with
some updates but after he did the uninstall via Add/Remove Programs and
then
runs the new install package it complains that the program is already
installed? How can I completely uninstall the previous version.

BTW - in scanning earlier posts on the topic I see references to changing
the Product Code but in looking through properties on my setup project I
don't see a way to view or change the product code?


Apr 2 '06 #3

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