Installing/uninstalling programs and virtualization

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Rémi, May 8, 2007.

  1. Rémi

    Rémi Guest


    <Originally posted to an Access group, without response - might be
    more appropriate in a Vista group.>

    I had a client install an Access app I built using Access XP and
    package with the Package and Deployment Wizard onto his Windows Vista

    I've looked into this briefly, and I see that older installation
    packages run under "virtualization" for Windows Vista - copies of the
    files get placed in a user-specific folder, and if you use the
    registry, you're only accessing a virtual copy of it.

    I've found, though, that when uninstalling the Access application that
    the "virtualized" copies don't seem to be removed. I find them under
    "Desktop/[User]/AppData/Local/VirtualStore/Program Files/[Installation
    Folder Name]". This wouldn't be a problem, except that when my users
    install an update (also created with the PDW), the new virtual files
    don't appear to overwrite the old ones, and when they run the
    application, the old version still executes.

    Asides from telling my users to delete the virtual copies, are there
    steps that I can take to deal with this? Has anyone hit into this
    yet? Or should I be going about doing this another way entirely?

    Rémi, May 8, 2007
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  2. Ronnie Vernon MVP, May 9, 2007
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  3. Rémi

    Rémi Guest

    Thanks. Wasn't aware of the MSDN forums.
    Rémi, May 9, 2007
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