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Software Installation Options

Sometimes when I install software, I get options for “typical”, “custom”, or “compact” installations. How do I know which one to use?

I don’t know about most of our readers, but I generally make my selection after a series of coin flips. If my lucky penny says “custom”, then who am I to question it?

Ok, Ok. That may not be the best way, and it does make co-workers think you’re slippin’ something in yer coffee.

Unless space is a problem, I tend to avoid “compact” installs. Back in the ancient days of computing, hard drives held less then 1 Gig of information (gasp!). Back then, you were always running out of hard drive space, so doing a compact install was often the solution used by the early pioneers.

However, that time has long past, and most computers now have hard drives big enough to allow either a “custom” or “typical” install. Of course, if you’ve used all those modern gigabytes of space with excess programs, images, and music, you may still want to think about a compact install.

Just remember, when you go compact, you may lose certain features or find that you need to have the CD handy in order to run the program.

OK, so what about choosing “typical” or “custom”? Typical is good for a quick, no brainer install, but here again, you may be missing out on some features.

I generally choose the “custom” install option. It’s been my experience that when the component selection screen pops up, the stuff it would have done in a “typical” install is selected by default.

So, I just look though and decide if there is anything that’s not selected that I want selected—or if there’s anything that is selected that I don’t need (like foreign language files and such).

Most of the time, I glance over the options and end up leaving everything alone. However, there are times when a certain feature I want is not selected by default, so taking a second to look things over really pays off.

[1]~ Steve