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Inherent installer flaw

I decided to download Paint.NET today and early in the installation I got the following screen:
a paint dot net setup screen telling that you have to select advanced to select a directory
The inherent flaw? Selecting an installation directory is not advanced. The Paint.NET installation comes out on the positive side however, because it warns you beforehand that choosing quick will not allow you directory selection.

There are many more things an installer can do wrong, but with the standardised Windows installer, nowadays that’s usually not much of an issue, except this one.

To all who don’t get this right: your installer sucks.


  1. Well, of course we all know that the installation process of an application is really, really easy on a Mac. I just have the drag the package file into my Applications folder? How do I uninstall it? Using common sense, I just have to drag it to the Trash. How do I update my application? Easy, I just drag the updated package file into the Applications folder! It takes care of everything.

    No application ask you where to install it. You just drag it where you please.

    Installers are for losers. Do you really want to be classified in that category?

    April 15, 2006 @ 22:12Permalink
    Ethan Poole

  2. Meh, doesnt bother me what im classed as. Macs cost too much for my budget, although most PC’s do as well 🙁

    April 17, 2006 @ 20:12Permalink
    Matt Oakes

  3. It isn’t called ‘Advanced’, it is called ‘Custom’ 🙂
    Imho it’s user friendly.

    May 11, 2006 @ 15:06Permalink

  4. Only if you have already installed it using “custom” before. I think Opera is an example of a program which got it right in a far more user-friendly way.

    Actually I should’ve used something worse like the Firefox installer as an example, but I just reached my maximum annoyance level with this fairly innocent installer.

    May 11, 2006 @ 15:12Permalink

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