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I think Win7 may think LO 4.x is the upgrade to 3.x and decide that to install the newer version it must uninstall the older one. I have noticed that with a lot of packages lately. Win7 deletes any previous versions of the software before the newer one is installed.

To be honest
For most users, they would want that to happen. The "average" user does not want multiple versions of a package installed on a Windows system. So, I would say that Win7 or even Win8, might thing it is a proper thing to do, uninstall old before new is installed to avoid package conflicts or mis-matched DLL files, etc., etc..

On 07/23/2013 09:01 PM, V Stuart Foote wrote:

Not sure how far down the rabbit hole you'd like to go, but the simple truth is that full installs 
of LibreOffice 3.x and LibreOffice 4.x use identical components of Microsoft Windows registry and 
system paths and are mutually exclusive.

One can happily run multiple versions of LibreOffice (or a mix of LibreOffice and OpenOffice), but 
they will not be fully integrated with Microsoft Windows OS--and at any given time only one can be 
fully integrated with the Windows OS.

Recognizing that this is the normal use case--that is how the LibreOffice installer behaves by 
default. If you need it to do something else you have to do more than click on the installer.  And, 
fyi, the Apache OpenOffice installer behaves exactly the same, but is less functional in migrating 
user settings and supporting extensions.


From: Virgil Arrington []
Sent: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 7:52 PM
Subject: [libreoffice-users] LO 4 install deletes 3.6

In an attempt to compare the latest LO and AOO offerings, today I installed both LO 4.0.4 and AOO 
4.0 on my Win7 machine.

Until now, I have been happily using LO, having previously tried an earlier release in the 
LO 4 series.

When I previously installed LO 4, I noticed that it seemed to uninstall my previous version of LO 
3.6. After encountering some problems with LO 4, I uninstalled it and reinstalled LO 3.6.

On the prior occasion, I just assumed that, when installing LO 4, I had inadvertently clicked some 
option to uninstall the old 3.6. So, today, when I installed LO 4, I was very careful to make sure 
that I did not check any box indicating my desire to uninstall LO

Nevertheless, LO 4 installed and, once again, my installation of LO disappeared.

Does anyone know if this is intentional behavior? It has happened to me now twice, and I’m 90% 
certain that it was not due to anything I did.

If it is intentional, I find it most offensive. I can’t believe the TDF developers would be so 
presumptuous as to decide for me that I no longer want LO 3.6 on my system. This is the type of 
“let us think for you” behavior I would expect from MS, not from a FOSS project.

btw, AOO 4.0 installed quite nicely *next to* AOO 3.4.1, and I am able to run both programs.

Sorry, TDF, but on this one I have to give AOO a +1.

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