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MS Guidelines on items in the Start Menu

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I see Microsoft guidelines concerning the Start Menu items for third party software is to not put uninstaller links and web links in the Start Menu. JFI :?
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Mar 4, 2010  • #1
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These are simply guidelines. These are to be more generally used for programs that have clutter, DisplayFusion has none whatsoever. Uninstall links are useful for when you want to uninstall, and the web link is useful to get here to ask questions.

those are guidelines for users to reduce clutter in their start menu, NOT a guideline for programmers. Jon's way of handling EVERYTHING he does is concise and to a point. Something not many people realize is that the DisplayFusion install is still under a 1 MB download. Even UltraMon is over 3MB in size. Having this many features in this small a package is absolutely unheard of for quality programming. Jon is nothing short of a miracle worker with DisplayFusion. If you would like this moved to an appropriate forum, I believe Binary Fortress has a general discussion forum, so please use that. This is something oriented towards the user.
Mar 4, 2010  • #2
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@siliconman01: I tried having DisplayFusion with no uninstall links in the Start Menu a while ago (years) and was bombarded with emails on how to remove it. It seems many, many people don't know about the control panel, or the "Add/remove programs" features. After that I just stuck with the uninstall in the Start Menu. I know for power-users like you and I it makes sense to get rid of it, but for general users it's just confusing. :)

@Kevin: Thank you for your appreciation, I'm happy to hear that someone has noticed DisplayFusion's trim size. :) It takes quite a bit of effort to keep DF lean.
Mar 4, 2010  • #3
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