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    Install Creator #29 Add/Remove List Size Error

    I am using IC V2.0 Build 29 for some hobby "work". It has been performing wonderfully for months creating installers for Vista machines.

    All of a sudden, the 32b Vista Add/Remove list is reporting the size of the programs installed now with IC as 7.2 GB or some other GB number (actually always less than 10 MB).

    All new installs have this problem. Even installer exe's created months ago with IC. The installes executed in October report properly in Add/Remove. I have Vista auto update turned on, and since OCT quite a few Vista updates have been installed, but searching the KB's and Googling haven't turned up this kind of problem.

    Any info will be appreciated.

    Regards, PatrickL


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    Re: Install Creator #29 Add/Remove List Size Error

    This information is automatically "calculated" by Windows Vista (and XP) according to the size of the files in the directory of the uninstaller and in the sub-directories. It's not the exact size of the files you have installed.

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    Re: Install Creator #29 Add/Remove List Size Error

    Thanks for the quick reply Yves. I understand what you are saying.

    I noticed another anomaly in that the recent installations show the wrong Icon for the Uninstall in the Vista Uninstall list, even though the Uninstall exe file has the correct Icon as shown in the Vista File Manager (your default icon). The Vista Uninstall list shows a "text file" Icon.

    The files I install are addons to another program (Moviemaker) and install in a directory with quite a bit of content, but nowhere near the 7.2 GB reported in the Uninstall list. Not even including all of the many sub-directories.

    Also, this is new behavior, as if Vista changed in early November??? Maybe a setting that I changed. I did not change the IC installation, and old installs created with IC now exibit the new "bad" behavior.

    Any more insight greatly appreciated.

    PatrickL


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    Re: Install Creator #29 Add/Remove List Size Error

    I think I've already read something about this issue, but I don't remember anymore... Vista might display the icon of the first file it finds in the directory of the uninstaller or something like that, I don't remember. I'll search again.

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    Re: Install Creator #29 Add/Remove List Size Error

    Yves, I got this response (see below) in the Microsoft Vista General Newsgroup.

    In following the link, I still don't know how to help Add/Remove know the size of my installation. Mine contains no exe's being just folders, dll's, images and some xml/hlsl files.

    Thanks for any more insight.

    PatrickL

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    Hi Patrick,

    This is a non-fatal error, and can be safely ignored.

    See also:

    The Old New Thing : How does Add/Remove Programs get the size and other information?:
    http://blogs.msdn.com/oldnewthing/archive/2004/07/09/178342.aspx

    Uninstall Registry Key (Windows):
    http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa372105.aspx

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    Regards,

    Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP [Windows Shell/User]
    Windows« Troubleshooting http://www.winhelponline.com

    The blog referenced says:
    A program can add some properties to its registration to avoid a lot of this guessing. It can set an EstimatedSize property to avoid making Add/Remove Programs guess how big the program is. It can also set a DisplayIcon property to specify which icon to show for the program in the list.

    But if a program omits all of these hints, the guess that Add/Remove Programs ends up making can often be ridiculously wide of the mark due to coincidental word matches. In my experience, Spanish suffers particularly badly from this algorithm, due to that language's heavy use of prepositions and articles (which result in a lot of false matches).

    Yes, this is all lame, but when you are forced to operate with inadequate information, lame is the best you can do.

    [July 15 2004: Emphasizing that this is done only if the program fails to provide the information itself. For some reason, a lot of people who link to this page fail to notice that little detail.]



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    Re: Install Creator #29 Add/Remove List Size Error

    Yes I know you can add some info in the registry to set this information on Windows XP/2000/Vista.

    Are you absolutely sure you want to bother with this? This is a very minor issue, I think. And you need the Pro version of IC to install keys to the registry (unless you install and register a .REG file).

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    Re: Install Creator #29 Add/Remove List Size Error

    You are right. I'll quit worrying about it.

    Thanks for your attention and help. Patrick

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    Re: Install Creator #29 Add/Remove List Size Error

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