[Rd] Uninstall registry key the same for all versions (PR#10746)

Henrik Bengtsson hb at stat.berkeley.edu
Tue Feb 12 18:45:02 CET 2008

This is a beautiful example on how an added feature matures into a bug
over time :)

I let the Windows developers argue with the pro's and con's of your
suggestion.  I just wanna add a related suggestion that when you have
multiple installations and you run "Unistall R 2.6.0" the first dialog
('R for Windows Uninstall') you see says "Are you sure you want to
completely remove R for Windows and all of its components?"  This
message does not specify the version being uninstalled, so without
previous experience you certainly wonder if this is going to install
all of your R installations or just one.

My $0.02


On Feb 12, 2008 8:20 AM,  <Gerhard.Thallinger at tugraz.at> wrote:
> Full_Name: Gerhard Thallinger
> Version: R 2.2.0 through R 2.6.2
> OS: Windows XP
> Submission from: (NULL) (
> The uninstall key in the Windows Registry
> (HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\)
> is the same ("R for Windows_is1") for all R versions
> (at least from 2.2.0 to 2.6.2).
> This prohibits managing multiple R versions in a clean way, since
> the installation of a new R versions overwrites the uninstall key
> of the previous installed version. This makes an uninstall of
> a previous version via "Add/Remove Software" impossible.
> The uninstall key should also contain the R version number
> (e.g. "R for Windows 2.6.2_is1"). The name of the registry key can
> be set in the Inno Setup definition file using the "AppId" directive.
> At the moment "AppId" is not set, therefor "AppName" is used as the
> key name.
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