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I don't like upgrades

This may sound funny to some but I don't like software "upgrades".  I'm not talking about the new features that an upgrade brings, I'm speaking about the "upgrade package" as in, "You may download the full version 2.0 here (9MB) or you can download the upgrade from version 1.0 here (4MB)."  To me this seems like a conspiracy.  Am I really getting everything I need in only 4MB?  There must be something in that full version that I'm not getting with upgrade.  So I normally download and install full versions.  Of course this doesn't always work financially, especially with the bigger software packages.  I'll buy a Windows upgrade or a Visual Studio upgrade, though I would still prefer the full version. Maybe its the hassle of typing in old keys or having to install old software first, but I sure don't like upgrades.  To me they don't make for a "clean install".

I first downloaded CityDesk 2.0 a couple weeks ago because, being a modem user, I simply was not eager to download 9 MB for a new install because I certainly wasn't going to download and install the upgrade... it's not clean. (BTW: How'd Citydesk get up to 9MB... software bloat?)

Thursday, November 13, 2003

Updates can selectively patch files, and completely leave out files that haven't changed. Additionally, they can eliminate pre-requisite software from the distribution, on the assumption that you got the prerequisites from the previous full installation.

And, by the way, Joel finds the "software bloat" argument to be laughable. There's no way you're going to guilt him with a 9 MB download. :)

Brad Wilson (
Thursday, November 13, 2003

I don't like upgrades from the stand point that layer upon layer upon layer usually leads to degradation.  Case in point, would you rather upgrade Windows to the new version or do a clean install with a full new version.  I'll take the latter, any day of the week.

Thursday, November 13, 2003

The one that got me was the Crystal Reports v.7 upgrade.  It searched for and wouldn't install without  v.6.  But when it did install, it put itself in a different directory, with different menu shortcuts and ignored the prescence of v.6 completely.

Very odd.

A cynic writes
Friday, November 14, 2003

Not for Crystal.


Friday, November 14, 2003

That happens from 8.5 to 9.0 also. Avoid Crystal or suffer the consequences!

Justin K.
Friday, November 14, 2003

This sounds like something you need to talk to your psychologist about.

Computer software OCD...

Mister Fancypants
Friday, November 14, 2003

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