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Associating Application Launch Icons with Application Removal Processes

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000011267D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Feb-13
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Feb-13
Document File: 2 page(s) / 71K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a technique of associating Application Launch Icons with Application Removal Processes, to enhance the end-user interface for Windowing Systems.

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YOR820020645 Richard Ludwin/Almaden/IBM Jeff Berkowitz

Associating Application Launch Icons with Application Removal Processes

Background: Windowing systems have application launch icons (e.g. application shortcuts) which are usually found on the windows desktop or in application launch areas. These icons make it easy for users new to windowing systems to find and start their applications. However, when these same users want to delete an application, they cannot simply delete the application launch icon. They must find the application's uninstall icon, or navigate through the windowing system's utilities to delete the application.

This invention makes it easy for users to delete applications by asking if the application associated with a launch icon should be deleted, at the time the user chooses to delete the launch icon.

Invention Summary:

When an application is installed, the application's launch icon is associated with the application's removal process. When the user deletes the launch icon, the windowing system asks if the application associated with the launch icon should also be deleted. If the user chooses no, only the launch icon is deleted. If the user chooses yes, the launch icon is deleted, and the application's removal process is started.

Description:

Windowing systems have a registry, which captures information about installed applications. The registry and the software...