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New Control Panel for Telerik Products

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RickC
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RickC asked on 11 Jun 2012, 11:46 PM
The new Control Panel looks like it will be helpful. I do have one complaint. I installed it and ran it for the first time and it did not warn me ahead of time that it was going to Uninstall ALL OTHER previous versions. I often have a number of projects that are built on various versions of the Controls so I like to keep certain versions around. There should be information provided BEFORE you start the new install indicating that it will remove all other versions. It starts by saying  Installing and then goes on to Uninstalling all the old versions. Yes, there is a cancel button in the bottom, but if I had stepped away from my machine and just let it run (like I always did when I installed and EXE of a new release) I wouldn't have seen that it was uninstalling. Since previous EXE versions never did an Uninstall and there was no information in the Control Panel, other people may find this a problem. Just add another splash screen that explains what's going to happen so people can back out earlier. In the future I will go back to downloading the individual .EXE files so I have more control over what happens.

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Andrey
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answered on 12 Jun 2012, 05:12 PM
Hi Rick,

I will just copy my reponse from your other thread here:

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. Your case is indeed a valid one and we have been working on implementing it. You should expect seeing it in one of the Control Panel's next versions.

About a warning for removing all previous versions - we have such a warning (image attached). We tried to make it less obtrusive, as our guess was most people will be happy with the default behavior.

All the best,
Andrey
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answered on 21 Jun 2012, 06:16 PM
I just got hit by the same thing.  This is a VERY bad approach to rolling out the control panel.  I'm now going to have to start doing a reinstall of my older versions which will eat up time I really didn't have available.  I'm sticking with manual installations from here on out unless Telerik can figure out how to support multiple install environments.

I've been very pleased with Telerik up until today.  This has generated a huge waste of time.
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Andrey
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answered on 22 Jun 2012, 11:01 AM
Hi Brian,

I am sorry to hear you went through that trouble.

The option to maintain parallel versions is the #1 request we are getting for the control panel and will definitely look making it work. Stay tuned for updates in the coming months.

Kind regards,
Andrey
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