POV-Ray : Newsgroups : povray.windows : How to uninstall? : Re: How to uninstall? Server Time
6 Oct 2022 03:46:40 EDT (-0400)
  Re: How to uninstall?  
From: Mike Horvath
Date: 28 Jun 2017 20:15:22
Message: <5954469a$1@news.povray.org>
On 6/28/2017 4:30 PM, clipka wrote:
> Am 28.06.2017 um 20:50 schrieb Mike Horvath:
>> On 6/28/2017 12:28 PM, clipka wrote:
>>> But it doesn't make much sense to offer an "install for all users"
>>> option if that only installs start menu shortcuts without a mechanism to
>>> distribute the actual user-modifiable files to all users, as such an
>>> option would be seriously misleading.
>>>
>>
>> Not informing users that they can't install POV-Ray for non-admin
>> accounts is also seriously misleading.
> 
> Did anyone say you can't do /that/?
> 
> Just install while logged in with the non-admin account, but choose an
> install location to which that user account has write access, e.g.
> `%LOCALAPPDATA%/POV-Ray/v3.7`. That should do the trick.
> 

The installer doesn't suggest this. It just spawns an error message 
about a text file of all things, and then asks you whether to abort. A 
little hint would be helpful, and might even forestall threads such as 
this one.


> 
> While it may not be standard knowledge how to install software for a
> non-admin user, I think it is reasonably fair to expect such knowledge
> from anyone using a non-standard Windows installation where they're
> deliberately depriving their user account from the possibility of
> temporarily elevating their access privileges to admin level.
> 

Suggesting that a user log in as admin every time just to use a 
non-critical graphics program sounds like a pretty stupid risk to me. 
And going into Control Panel and changing the access level of a person's 
user account just to install or uninstall one piece of software makes 
POV-Ray look like a special snowflake at best, and malware at worst.


Mike


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