Uncheck != uninstall (even in SP3 or SP* for that matter)

by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2008/04/26 10:01 -04:00, original URI: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/michkap/archive/2008/04/26/8426857.aspx

Content of Michael Kaplan's personal blog not approved by Microsoft (see disclaimer)!
Regular readers should keep in mind that all I said in The End? still applies; the allusion to the X-Files continues for people who understand such references....

Via the Contact link, Stapp asks:

Hello there,

I read your thread here

I have the East Asian pack installed by default but never wanted it, and now I have installed SP3.

Do you know if SP3  allows the removal of that language pack by just unticking?
It would be better if someone more competent than me could test this!
Thanks for reading

The two relevant posts here are The one-way trip of installing supplemental language support (the one Stapp pointed to) but also the more importantly relevant Unchecking the checkbox does not necessarily mean 'uninstall'.

It is that latter post that explains that you can uncheck the checkbox to disable the East Asian support by removing all of the relevant registry keys pointing to files and such.

It won't remove the hundreds of megabytes of files, but it will remove the functionality itself and leave the files there, unused.

SP3 neither improves this situation nor makes it any worse -- same results after it is installed.

And then in Vista and Server 2008, neither install nor uninstall is available -- the files are always present....

Now given the text that appears when you do that uninstall:

I agree this is a bug - the clear implication of the text is that the files are being removed. But this is a bug that I doubt is ever going to be fixed in any service pack of QFE/hot fix.....


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