Hi there, I repackage an application and there is SideBySide in the normal %SystemRoot%\WinSxS folder. But the application also made the folder
with the files:

And in the CommonFilesFolder there is also the folder
with the same files (same version, same text).
Why is it also in the INSTALLDIR and not only within the WinSxS-folder? What's the sense of this?
By the way: I deleted the files and folders from the INSTALLDIR and the application still runs.
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I found out that assemblies in the WinSxS folder are shared ones. But there can be private assemblies in the appdir path. That’s a method to isolate applications. The applications first search in the WinSxS folder. If there isn’t the assembly, then the application searchs for private assemblies in the appdir path.
Answered 09/25/2008 by: queen
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