Why Installers Want You to Reboot

closeThis post was published 12 years 3 months 1 day ago. A number of changes have been made to the site since then, so please contact me if anything is broken or seems wrong.

I found a great article over at a newly-discovered blog (thank you, Mr. Bass*), and thought I’d share the link. Though written in 2003, the article is still true, and it provides a very detailed look into the reasoning and logic behind requesting a user to reboot after an installation. Now, most of us should know by now that Windows locks in-use files, but did you know that there is a mechanism to tell Windows to overwrite a specific file on the next system reboot? Some of you might, but don’t yell at me for telling you something you know. 😉

Anyway, take a look at the article on myShoggoth, and see if you find it useful. I certainly did.

* – I receive a newsletter from Steve Bass, an editor and columnist at PC World, and he recently linked to a small app, WhyReboot?, which linked to this article. Therefore, he’s responsible for my discovering this, however indirectly.


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