Method for Installing Software Upgrades with Improved Uninstall Capabilities
Original Publication Date: 2009-Jan-22
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Jan-22
Sometimes upgrades are simply unwanted: because they add unwanted or unneeded “features”; because the upgrade does not run properly on the installed operating system; or because of any number of other reasons. This publication describes a process for backing out of an upgrade and reverting back to the previously installed version.
Mr Rich Maggiani; email@example.com
137 Lost Nation, Suite 14
Essex, Vermont 05452
United States of America
Title of the Invention
Installing Software Upgrades with Imp
roved Uninstall Capabilities
Description of the Invention
Sometimes upgrades are simply unwanted: because they add unwanted or unneeded
"features"; because the upgrade does not run properly on the installed operating system;
or because of any number of oth
er reasons. This publication describes a process for
backing out of an upgrade and reverting back to the previously installed version.
Problem or Opportunity
Upgrading the vast majority of
applications is simple.
polls the appropriate web sites searching for an
upgrade to the version currently running on the user computer. When one is found, the
upgrade program notifies the user. In general, the user can then choose to upgrade
immediately or p
ut off the upgrade for a brief period of time (such as a day). Eventually,
the user chooses to install the upgrade.
Sometimes, however, after an upgrade is installed, the user simply does not want it. This
can happen for any number of reasons. The user:
scovers that the upgrade is incompatible with the operating system currently running
♦on the user computer.
Discovers that the upgrade is incompatible with
another (sometimes more essential)
currently running on the user computer.
the upgrade fixes an incompatibility with another application which was
♦not installed or even owned.
Sees that the upgrade contains unwanted (oftentimes, even annoying) features.
Simply does not want the upgrade.
When this occurs, the user has only one alt
ernative: to reinstall the application from its
initial version and then install whatever upgrades were available to bring the application
back to the version that was running just before the most recent
upgrade was installed. In other words,
the user must reinstall the application from the
This invention allows the user to uninstall the most recent upgrade, a much quicker and
more reliable process. In other words, arrive at the application's previous version from
the top down.
led Description of the Invention
Figure 1 shows the flowchart depicting the method for uninstalling an application
upgrade. Following the flowchart is a more detailed explanation of each step.
Decision Step 2:
Want ability to
Step 1: Upgrade available and
Step 3: Create uninstall version of
application to be upgraded.
Step 4: Specify period of time to
keep uninstall ve
Step 5: Install the upgrade.
Decision Step 6:
Decision Step 7:
period of time,