why doesn't windows installer preserve shared files?
I'm rewording this a different way to get more responses. I'm just wondering why if you uninstall one windows installer/msi based program, it deletes the system file that other msi based programs need. My example is, after uninstalling roxio easy cd creator 5, c:\windows\system32\richtx32.ocx gets deleted. Then if I run adobe acrobat, it starts up an installer for a class software I have called arcgis desktop. Users also claim copying & pasting graphics brings up the same installer. Replacing that ocx file seems to fix it. That file seems to end up missing a lot judging by my google results.
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