Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Twenty Minutes?!

That's how long it took my SQL Server 2008 Express install to complete tonight.  This is a relatively simple application, with very few dependencies and a smal overall footprint.  Why, oh why, can something so trivial take so freaking long to install?

I've noticed this with a lot of applications lately.  Things take forever to install when they're really not doing much.  My server application installs about a half-gigabyte of data and over 300 registry entries for various components.  It takes about 40 seconds from start to finish to install.  I'm using an MSI installer, just like SQL Server does internally...

I don't get it.

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