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Request #12364 Uninstallation via Configuration screen
Submitted: 2001-07-25 09:16 UTC Modified: 2001-08-12 15:26 UTC
From: cheezycrust at pi dot be Assigned:
Status: Duplicate Package: Feature/Change Request
PHP Version: 4.0.6 OS: Windows [all]
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2001-07-25 09:16 UTC] cheezycrust at pi dot be
Because I wasn't able to comment on an existing bug [ #12363 ], I'll open a new bug with my comments to [ #11952 ], since I believe the reporter was right.

I agree it isn't hard to uninstall PHP from a Windows PC (it doesn't change anything in the registry or so) - if you know what files to delete. Most Windows users like easy-to-use installers, so the .exe was a great idea.

However, if you use the .exe, you don't know which files are added, so uninstalling them is hard to do. If there would be an uninstallation utility (like most Windows programs have), people that used the installer because they don't want to know about the technical stuff of PHP, don't have to do so when the remove it.

Plus, and this is more personally, I prefer programs that come with an uninstaller, because if I want to get rid of it, I know all traces of it are removed with a single click (I know the "all traces" thing isn't completely correct, but that's another issue). And I think other users also think so.

Maybe one of your arguments would be "if they don't know how to (un)install from an archive, they shouldn't run a web server with PHP on it". Correct. If that would be a live web server, and not like I use it, as a simulation to build (and test) my site locally (with Apache, MySQL and PHP all running from Windows 98), and then to upload it to a real server, that is maintained by people who know what they are doing (at least, that's what I pay them for).

So my suggestion is to look for someone who knows how to do it, and add this feature to the Windows installer.

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 [2001-08-12 15:26 UTC] sebastian@php.net
This is a response to Bug #11391.

 
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